BMW and Daimler make public details of their mooted joint mobility venture. The two companies are investing more than €1 billion to develop and integrate offerings for car-sharing, ride-hailing, parking, charging and multimodal transport. By Paul Fisher. Five new brands were unveiled at a launch attended by chairmen of both companies. Reach Now for multimodal Read More..
By some accounts, subscription is on the verge of doing for the whole economy what Netflix and Spotify have done to DVDs and CDs — supplant ownership with access to an ever-refreshing supply for a monthly (or weekly) fee. The auto industry is not immune to the trend, but so far the traditional retail model Read More..
Carmakers are expanding technology and IT offices in Silicon Valley, and tasking them with functions that are different from the roles played by traditional R&D centers Silicon Valley has a long history in the transport industry stretching back nearly a century, notably in aerospace, aeronautics and defense. Along with the private sector, government and military Read More..
Mercedes-Benz is expanding its “Croove” private car sharing program, introducing the platform in Berlin four months after it started a pilot program in Munich. The German premium car brand, which belongs toÂ the Daimler Group, said Croove is part of a strategy to move away from merely building and selling cars and become a mobility provider Read More..
Competition for market share is fierce in the global auto industry, but that doesnâ€™t mean thereâ€™s no room to cooperate. Especially in the past two years, as the pace of change has picked up, thereâ€™s been a marked increase in the number of strategic jont ventures the worldâ€™s carmakers have embarked on. The most high-profile Read More..
Toyota is the highest ranking automaker on Interbrand’s annual list of the Top 100 global brands, bestingÂ Mercedes-Benz and BMW, which came second and third, respectively. The brand consultancy named Apple, Google and Coca-Cola the three most valuable brands overall this year. Apple and Google were in the top positions for the fourth consecutive year. Automotive Read More..
Mercedes-Benz unveiled the Vision Van, its vision of future delivery vehicles. The German automotive group said the electrically powered van features a fully automated cargo space, integrated drones for autonomous air deliveries and joy stick control. “The VisionÂ Van integrates many concrete concepts for future delivery operations in the urban environment, ” Volker Mornhinweg, head of Read More..
Inrix said its off-street parking information will be available on the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The US-based company, which provides traffic data and other relevant information for car drivers, said its “Off-Street Parking” services offers routes to the Â closest garage locations, detailed rates, and space availability. Mercedes E-Class drivers can access the information using the car’s Read More..
Mercedes-Benz Vans has started a pilot project selling vans online in the Netherlands. The German automotive group will initially sell its Mercedes-Benz Citan van in cooperation with local dealers. The move is parent company Daimler’s response to a growing trend of online sales that is alsoÂ gaining ground in commercial transactions. Speed and efficiency are a Read More..
FRANKFURT â€“ The planned acquisition of Nokia HERE by a consortium of German premium carmakers provides a business opportunity for the map maker’s biggest competitor, TomTom’s new automotive boss said in an interview at the Frankfurt Auto Show last month. “It changes the competitive landscape, because HERE is no longer just a map supplier; it’s Read More..