Daimler takes 12 pc stake in China’s BAIC Motor

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Daimler will acquire a 12 pc stake in Beijing Automotive Group’s (BAIC) passenger car division, the first time a western carmaker invests directly in a Chinese auto group. The two companies were already working together in various areas, but the investment lays the groundwork for closer cooperation in the world’s biggest car market. Daimler will […]

Daimler, Ford and Nissan plan fuel-cell vehicle by 2017

Daimler started leasing a Mercedes B-Class-based FCEV in 2010 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler, Ford Motor and Nissan said they are planning to launch a mass-market fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) as early as 2017. The three automakers on Monday signed an agreement for the joint development of a fuel-cell system. The cooperation would speed up the introduction of the technology, significantly lower investment costs and help define global […]

CES: Mercedes shows Siri integration

Mercedes' Digital DriveStyle app will feature Siri voice operation (Photo: Daimler)

LAS VEGAS – Mercedes-Benz will have full Siri integration in its next E-Class starting this spring. The German premium car maker said during the annual CES consumer electronics fair that Apple’s voice software will be available in the E-Class for drivers using an Apple iPhone 4S Drivers can use Siri to access most content on […]

Daimler consolidates all China sales in one organization

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Daimler has formed a new Chinese sales operation that will market its imported as well as locally produced vehicles in the world’s largest car market. Beijing Mercedes-Benz Sales Service is a 50-50 joint venture between Daimler and its Chinese partner, BAIC. It will handle sales and marketing, aftersales, used-car and fleet sales and will responsible […]

Space robots come to Daimler

Kuka is a major robotics supplier to the auto industry (Photo: Kuka)

Daimler plans to deploy robots originally designed for use in outer space to help build cars on earth. The German premium car maker said it had signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Kuka, a large southern-German maker of industrial robots, to jointly develop lightweight robots to be integrated into the manufacturing process. Daimler’s head of […]

New Bosch driver-assistance system helps trucks cut fuel consumption

Bosch says Eco.Logic motion can help save 800 euros a year in fuel for a big truck (Photo: Bosch)

Bosch says it can lower average fuel consumption of a heavy truck by 3 pc with the help of a new driver assistance system that uses extended GPS information and vehicle data to more efficiently operate a truck. The so-called “Predictive Powertrain Control,” which Bosch developed jointly with car and truck maker Mercedes-Benz, will be […]

Google gets Nevada OK to test self-driving cars on public roads

Nevada is the first US state to approve public-road testing of Google's driverless car (Photo: DMV Nevada)

Nevada became the first US state to give the green light for Google to test its driver-less car on public roads. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement that it had approved a license application filed by the online information group after experts were satisfied with the outcome of a series of […]

Mercedes starts eCall rollout June 1

eCall is designed to provide faster and more targeted emergency assistance (Photo: ADAC)

Mercedes-Benz will start equipping new models with an eCALL-conform emergency warning system from June 1. The German premium car maker, a member of the Daimler Group, said new Mercedes models such as the new B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and M-Class will be equipped with the system, which automatically calls an emergency number after a serious accident, […]

Daimler’s r&d chief: Autonomous driving possible soon

Daimler's safety technology will enable autonomous driving in a few years (Photo: Daimler)

DETROIT — Daimler’s r&d chief, Thomas Weber, expects autonomous driving to be available in cars in the not too distant future. “By 2015 the preconditions for autonomous driving will be in place,” said Thomas Weber in an interview during the Detroit auto show here. Weber said new technologies already available in Daimler’s Mercedes models and […]

Mercedes-Benz consolidates logistics, production systems

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Mercedes-Benz is moving ahead systematically with the modernization of its factories and that involves a consolidation of production and logistics systems. Those systems are the key to maintaining the flexibility today’s carmakers need to remain competitive. They are especially important to a builder of premium cars like Mercedes-Benz. The company’s production and logistics structures have […]