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Daimler future models - smart, Maybach and Denza

30 June 2020

Mercedes-Maybach has just gained a giant SUV powered by a thundering, gas-guzzling V8. By contrast, another Big-In-China division - Denza - has an EV-only future, as does smart.


2019 Frankfurt IAA motor show world premieres list

11 September 2019

The media preview days of the 2019 Frankfurt IAA brought a few surprises. Volkswagen (a camouflaged and altered I.D. Crozz which will be called ID.4), Hyundai (i30 N Project C), FAW (Hongqi S9 & E115 prototypes) and BMW (i Hydrogen Next, and the Concept 4: yes, the one with THAT grille) were among the OEMs showing unheralded vehicles.


Daimler future models - Denza, smart and Mercedes-Maybach

18 July 2019

This first article in a series has three Daimler brands as its focus. What is to become of Denza, a JV between the German group and China's BYD? The same question can be asked about smart, which Daimler is restructuring as part of an alliance with Geely. And then there is Mercedes-Maybach, a sub-brand which has already been through its own reinvention. In all three cases, future models are key.


COMMENT - Daimler-Geely deal on Smart brand good for both

28 March 2019

Daimler has struck a deal with Geely for a 50:50 joint venture based in China to develop and operate the Smart brand globally as an all-electric carmaker.

Latest interviews


Q&A with Magna Closures

28 November 2014

Magna Closures designs, engineers and manufactures a range of vehicle closure modules, systems and components for the automotive industry. In this interview, Matthew Beecham spoke to David O'Connell, Vice President – Global Engineering and R&D, Magna Mirrors & Magna Closures about the company’s SmartLatch, PureView sliding window and how it strikes a balance between providing a door which improves side-crash safety yet reduces overall vehicle weight.


INTERVIEW: Han Hendriks, Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors

31 October 2014

Calum MacRae interviews Han Hendriks, VP Advanced Product Development & Sales for Johnson Controls Automotive Interiors, to hear about the company's business strategy in the area of interiors.


Q&A with BASF Performance Materials

12 November 2013

BASF’s Performance Materials division focuses on industries such as automotive, construction, electrics and electronics. Here, Matthew Beecham talked with Bernhard Rosenau, Segment Management Automotive, Engineering Plastics Europe, BASF SE about some of the division's most recent PA and PU automotive applications.


INTERVIEW: Martin Leach, Magma CEO

16 July 2013

Martin Leach, the former head of Ford of Europe, Mazda and Maserati, now runs Magma - a multi-faceted automotive industry consultancy and service provider. Dave Leggett recently caught up with him in London to hear his views on the current state of the automotive business and the challenges ahead.

Latest news


Renault's Revoz suspends production due to parts shortage

21 January 2021

Slovenian Renault unit Revoz was to suspend production on Thursday (21 January) due to a disruption in the supplies of parts by local company Treves for the Twingo model it builds, a company official said Wednesday, according to local media reports. 


Daimler to produce Smart SUV in China from 2022

4 January 2021

Daimler AG plans to launch production of a small battery-powered SUV in China under its Smart brand from 2022, according to local reports citing a senior executive at the company.


Daimler updates EV launches and source plants

14 December 2020

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has updated details of its EV launches and source plants.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz to launch six new electric models by 2022

14 December 2020

Mercedes-Benz is targeting leadership in electric drives and vehicle software. The consistent electrification of the entire product portfolio is a key element of the strategic focus “Ambition 2039” and a prerequisite on the way to...


Ineos buys Daimler's French Smart plant

8 December 2020

Automotive startup Ineos, which had been planning a plant in Wales, has bought the former Smart plant in Hambach from Daimler's Mercedes-Benz.


Smart JV confirms new Europe sales org

27 July 2020

The new Smart joint venture between Geely Holding (Geely) and Mercedes-Benz formally registered as ‘smart Automobile Co. Ltd.’ in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo, China at the end of 2019 has established ‘smart Europe GmbH’ as a wholly owned subsidiary to supply, sell and service future smart vehicles in the European market.  


Mercedes-Benz first half sales inch up 0.6%

8 July 2020

Deliveries worldwide by Daimler's Mercedes-Benz Cars and Vans brand in June rose 0.6% year on year to 1,071,136 units.


Ineos in talks with Daimler over Hambach site

7 July 2020

Ineos Automotive - which is planning to launch a new 4x4 utility vehicle called 'Grenadier' in 2022 - has confirmed it is in talks with Daimler over the possible acquisition of its Hambach, France, manufacturing plant.


Daimler to sell French Smart plant

3 July 2020

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz AG said on Friday it would start talks to sell its Smart car plant in Hambach, France, "with the aim of giving the location the best possible future prospects".


Smart launches new all-EV line

27 January 2020

Following its announcement Smart would switch to battery-electric powertrain technology, Daimler has revealed a minor facelift for the range.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz achieves increased unit sales for ninth consecutive year and remains number one among luxury car brands

10 January 2020

Mercedes-Benz delivered 2,339,562 cars last year, achieving the highest annual sales volume in the company’s history (+1.3%) in a challenging environment for the automotive industry. 2019 was the ninth consecutive record year for Mercedes-Benz, with...


Daimler and Geely establish JV for Smart brand

8 January 2020

Mercedes-Benz AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have announced that they have formally established the global joint venture "smart Automobile Co., Ltd." for the Smart brand after receiving the necessary regulatory approvals. 


Daimler's Mercedes-Benz enjoys another record October

7 November 2019

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz sold 199,293 cars worldwide last month, increasing volume 4.9% year on year and setting a new October record.


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz Canada builds momentum in September 2019

4 October 2019

In the third quarter, sales grew by 5.7% compared to last year and 12,011 vehicles were delivered, contributing to a year-to-date total of 34,134 units sold. The GLC and GLE SUVs were the top two monthly, quarterly, and yearly volume drivers. Passenger...


Daimler carsharing completes ten years

30 August 2019

Daimler has passed ten years as a provider of on-demand free-float car rental ('carshare') services.


Model changeovers cost Mercedes-Benz half year sales

12 July 2019

After the first half of 2019, Mercedes-Benz claimed continued leadership of premium car brands "in a highly competitive environment worldwide" despite its recent an ongoing model changeovers.


Mercedes-Benz May global sales dip

12 June 2019

Mercedes-Benz sales dipped 1.3% year on year last month to 195,690 vehicles worldwide as sales the new A-Class and CLA Coupe were offset by ongoing SUV model changes.


Daimler pulls car2go from China

4 June 2019

Daimler is pulling its car-sharing car2go service out of China at the end of this month due to disappointing take-up.


just-auto Plus only BMW Group and partners join European pilot project to improve road safety

4 June 2019

At the ITS Congress in Eindhoven, the BMW Group, together with partners from politics and the automotive industry, as well as service providers, launched the first pilot of a neutral server platform for the exchange of safety-relevant traffic data. The aim is...


Daimler withdraws car2go rental service in China

3 June 2019

Daimler has confirmed plans to discontinue its car sharing service in China by the end of the month, according to local reports.


Smart city car brand to exit North America - report

30 April 2019

Daimler's Smart brand city-car will be discontinued in the US and Canada at the end of the current model year.


Daimler's Smart chief moving to new retail role

29 April 2019

Katrin Adt, currently head of Daimler's Smart unit, is taking over management of the newly created Mercedes-Benz Cars Own Retail Europe (Passenger Cars and Vans) from July 2019.


Daimler strikes deal to make Smart EVs in China

28 March 2019

Daimler has struck a deal with Chinese automaker Geely for a 50:50 joint venture based in China to develop and operate the Smart brand globally as an all-electric carmaker.


Mercedes-Benz global sales fall in January

11 February 2019

Mercedes-Benz sales fell 6.7% year on year to 180,539 vehicles with the company blaming model changeovers for the fall.


Daimler buys EUR20bn worth of EV battery cells

11 December 2018

Daimler is taking the next step in its its CASE corporate strategy by purchasing battery cells worth more than EUR20bn.


Mercedes sets November sales record

6 December 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz said it had set a new sales record towards the end of this year despite a volatile market environment with November sales up 1.5% year on year to 198,545 vehicles.


Daimler YTD sales fractionally ahead of 2017

7 November 2018

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz delivered 190,021 vehicles in October, up 3.9% year on year.


Daimler battery plant now employs 1,000 a year ahead of plan

6 November 2018

Daimler said battery subsidiary Accumotive at Kamenz in Germany would employ around 1,000 people by the end of 2018, a year earlier than planned.


just-auto Plus only Smart presents intelligent app for Smart EQ

3 October 2018

Smart is simplifying access to electric mobility: the new Smart EQ control app has been available since August - as the digital extension of the Smart EQ fortwo and Smart EQ forfour (power consumption, combined: 20.8 -12.9 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions, combined:...


Daimler to produce battery powered Smart cars in China

7 August 2018

Daimler is in talks with a joint venture partner to produce battery powered versions of its two seat, Smart ForTwo car in China, according to local reports quoting industry insiders.

Smart news

Renault's Revoz suspends production due to parts shortage

21 January 2021

Slovenian Renault unit Revoz was to suspend production on Thursday (21 January) due to a disrupti...


Daimler to produce Smart SUV in China from 2022

4 January 2021

Daimler AG plans to launch production of a small battery-powered SUV in China under its Smart bra...


Daimler updates EV launches and source plants

14 December 2020

Daimler's Mercedes-Benz has updated details of its EV launches and source plants. The EQA will...


just-auto Plus only Mercedes-Benz to launch six new electric models by 2022

14 December 2020

Mercedes-Benz is targeting leadership in electric drives and vehicle software. The consistent...


Ineos buys Daimler's French Smart plant

8 December 2020

Automotive startup Ineos, which had been planning a plant in Wales, has bought the former Smart p...


Smart JV confirms new Europe sales org

27 July 2020

The new Smart joint venture between Geely Holding (Geely) and Mercedes-Benz formally registered a...



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