Mercedes-Benz’s U.S. Chief Quits

Dietmar Exler, who has served as president and CEO of Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz USA unit since 2016, is expected to announce tomorrow that he is leaving the company,
#Daimler #MercedesBenz #BMW


BMW Affirms Plans for Assembly Plant in Hungary

Hungary’s central government says it has been assured by BMW AG that the carmaker will begin construction later this year of a €1 billion assembly plant in Debrecen and begin production by 2023.
#facilities #BMW #europe


Mercedes Targets Carbon Neutral Fleet by 2039

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit expects plug-in hybrids and all-electric models will comprise more than half of its vehicle sales by 2030, enabling its new vehicle fleet to be carbon neutral by 2039.
#Daimler #MercedesBenz #Carbon


China’s BAIC Aims to Buy Stake in Daimler

Chinese carmaker BAIC Group intends to acquire 4%-5% of Daimler AG as a way to defend its investment in the company’s Beijing Benz Automotive venture with the German carmaker, sources tell Reuters.
#Geely #asia #europe

Autonomous Vehicles

Mercedes Begins Production of EQC Electric Crossover

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has begun assembling its all-electric EQC small crossover vehicle at its factory in Bremen, Germany. The company says it is taking orders now.
#Daimler #MercedesBenz #europe

Additive Manufacturing

Daimler Touts Low-Cost 3D Printing Process

Daimler AG has completed a two-year pilot program for a fully automated additive manufacturing process that promises to cut costs in half for 3D-printed parts.
#Daimler #EOS


China Probes Emission Collusion by German Carmakers

China’s competition authority has asked BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen Group for data related to European Commission claims that they conspired to delay emission control technology.
#asia #europe #Daimler

Daimler Reassigns Chief of Smart Minicar Unit

Katrin Adt, who took over as head of Daimler AG’s struggling Smart city car brand last October, will lead the carmaker’s new Mercedes-Benz Cars Own Retail Europe unit.
#europe #Geely #people

Autonomous Vehicles

Daimler Drops ForTwo Minicar in U.S., Canada

Daimler AG confirms it will stop selling its slow-selling ForTwo city car in the U.S. and Canada this autumn when the 2019 model year ends.
#Daimler #BMW #MercedesBenz

All Future Mercedes AMG Models to Get AWD

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-AMG performance unit will standardize all-wheel drive on all next-generation vehicles.
#europe #Daimler #tech


Daimler’s First-Quarter Sales, Revenue, Earnings Slip

Daimler AG blames a long list of supply chain, production and materials cost issues for its first-quarter drop in sales and earnings.
#europe #Daimler #MercedesBenz

Car/Ride Sharing

Daimler Suspends Car-Sharing Service in Chicago

Daimler AG’s Car2Go car-sharing unit has suspended operations in Chicago after more than 100 of the service’s fleet were stolen this week.
#BMW #MercedesBenz #Daimler


Report: Daimler Targets $9 Billion in Cost Cuts by 2021

Daimler AG aims to achieve €8 billion ($9 billion) in combined cost savings from its passenger car and commercial truck operations by 2021, sources tell Manager Magazin.
#Renault #Daimler #MercedesBenz


Mitsubishi Aims to Double U.S. Sales

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. plans to double its U.S. sales in coming years through the introduction of new vehicles and expanding its dealer network.
#Chrysler #Mitsubishi #Nissan


Daimler Invests $100 Million in Calif. Battery Developer

Daimler AG reportedly has spent $100 million to acquire a 10% stake in a California-based developer of next-generation battery technologies.
#Daimler #BMW #Tesla


BMW Denies Plan to Develop Small Car with Daimler

BMW AG says it does not intend to partner with Daimler AG to collaborate on a small car that would be sold by each company under its own brand.
#BMW #europe #Daimler


Report: Mercedes SUVs Targeted in Diesel Emission Probe

Germany’s motor vehicle authority is investigating whether Daimler AG used illegal software in some of its SUVs to rig European emission tests, according to Bild am Sonntag.
#europe #Daimler #MercedesBenz


Mercedes Readies Electric Buses with Solid-State Batteries

Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz unit has won a contract to supply 56 electric buses, including 41 with next-generation solid-state batteries, for use in Wiesbaden, Germany.
#Daimler #MercedesBenz #europe

Intelligent Transportation

Study: Mixed Environmental Impact for Flying Cars

Flying electric cars make environmental sense, but only on relatively long, one-way trips with multiple passengers on board, according to study published in Nature Communications.
#AstonMartin #Ford #Toyota


Chinese Startup Plans Long-Range EV

Bordrin Motor Corp., a three-year-old Chinese startup company, is developing an all-electric crossover vehicle with a targeted driving range of 550 km (342 miles).
#Ford #Magna #asia