Eastern Europe Braces for Auto Industry Contraction

Eastern Europe’s auto industry faces cutbacks as production falters amid trade tensions, cost competition and the shift to electric powertrains.
#Volkswagen #Daimler #europe


EU Rejects Wi-Fi-Based Car-to-Car Communications

Member nations of the European Union voted earlier today against endorsing a short-range wi-fi system for vehicle-to-vehicle communication, buoying backers of a cellular-based alternative.
#Renault #tech #Qualcomm

Autonomous Vehicles

BMW, Daimler Finalize Deal on Autonomous Vehicles

BMW AG and Daimler AG have finalized a long-term agreement to collaborate on driver-assist and Level 4 automated driving systems.
#europe #BMW #Daimler


Daimler Issues Third Profit Warning as Diesel Woes Grow

Daimler AG says its operating earnings this year won’t grow after all because of ballooning regulatory costs related to diesel emissions.
#europe #Volkswagen #Daimler


Mercedes Factory of the Future Gets 5G

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit is equipping its new “Factory 56” manufacturing plant in Sindelfingen, Germany, with a 5G communications network.
#facilities #europe #Daimler


May Sales Unchanged in Europe

Retail deliveries of new passenger vehicles in Europe last month totaled 1.44 million units, unchanged from May 2018, says trade group ACEA.
#Daimler #PSAPeugeotCitroen #Fiat

Compact Mercedes Crossover Offers 3rd Row Seating

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit took the wraps off the all-new GLB 250 compact crossover vehicle, including a 7-seat variant, this week in Germany.
#europe #Daimler #HP


New Mercedes-AMG 4-Cyl. Engine Tops 400 hp

Daimler AG says its new 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine tops out at 415 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque, making it the world’s most powerful series production 4-banger.
#HP #Daimler


Speed Metal

The grail of metal additive manufacturing is the ability to keep pace with full automotive production. The quest continues.
#GKN #Daimler #HP


High-Performance Mercedes EQE Electric Due in 2022

Daimler AG plans to begin selling its sixth all-electric model, the coupe-like high-performance Mercedes-Benz EQE sedan, in 2022, Autocar reports.
#MercedesBenz #europe #Daimler


Daimler Trucks Forms Autonomous Tech Unit

Daimler AG’s commercial truck unit is creating an Autonomous Technology Group that will develop systems for Level 4 self-driving vehicles.
#Freightliner #europe #Daimler


Report: Toyota May Invest $549 Million in DiDi Chuxing

Toyota Motor Corp. is studying a move to invest some 60 billion yen ($549 million) in DiDi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing service.
#Daimler #asia #Geely


Consortium Demos Connected Vehicle Tech in Berlin

The 5G Automotive Assn. (5GAA) demonstrated a variety of connected vehicle technologies this week in Berlin, using a mix of cellular-based and dedicated short-range communication systems.
#Ford #Qualcomm #europe


Zetsche Retires as Daimler’s CEO

Dieter Zetsche formally stepped down today as CEO at Daimler AG after a decade of shepherding the company to global leadership in luxury vehicle sales.
#europe #Daimler #people


Daimler, Geely Launch Mobility Services Venture in China

Daimler AG and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have formed a new company to sell mobility services in China.
#Geely #europe #asia


Report: Daimler Targets 20% Cut in Administrative Costs

Ola Kallenius, who will take over as CEO of Daimler AG on May 22 when Dieter Zetsche retires, aims to slash the company’s central administrative costs by 20%, sources tell Handelsblatt.
#Daimler #europe

Mercedes to Trim U.S. Model Lineup

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit plans to reduce the number of nameplates and model variants it offers in the U.S. over the next year.
#MercedesBenz #Daimler #Audi

Daimler Names Speeks to Head U.S. Mercedes Unit

Daimler AG has named Nicholas Speeks, head of the company’s Mercedes-Benz brand in China for six years, to take over as CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA.
#MercedesBenz #Daimler #BMW


Bosch Goes Green(er)

Not only are they addressing emissions, but they are also working toward greater levels of innovation at Bosch.
#Bosch #Daimler #sustainability


April Car Sales Slip 1% in Europe

New-car sales across Europe dipped to 1.34 million units in April from 1.35 million a year earlier. January-April deliveries fell 3% to 5.49 million units vehicles.
#Volkswagen #Audi #Ford