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CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Chinese car maker BAIC in talks to buy stake in Daimler
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Chinese car maker BAIC in talks to buy stake in Daimler

Beijing-based car maker BAIC is currently in negotiations with Daimler about purchasing a stake in the German luxury automaker. Before the 2015 Frankfurt motor show kicked off this week, Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's CEO, confirmed to Reuters that the parent of Mercedes-Benz was in talks with BAIC...


Nokia sells Here mapping business to Audi, BMW, Daimler in $4.2 billion deal
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Nokia sells Here mapping business to Audi, BMW, Daimler in $4.2 billion deal

Finnish technology company Nokia has confirmed an agreement to sell its Here digital mapping and location services business to a new joint venture partnership between Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler. The deal will form part of Nokia’s plan to focus on networking technologies,  but for Here’s new German owners, the acquisition is an important building block in the development of fully autonomous vehicles...


Daimler sells its stake in Tesla but will keep collaborating
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Daimler sells its stake in Tesla but will keep collaborating

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler AG has unexpectedly sold its four per cent stake in “bold partner” Tesla for about US$780 million ($890m), but will retain its collaboration with the Silicon Valley brand.  The cash injection will be pumped into Daimler’s operational business...


Daimler has no plans to take over Aston Martin, rules out Smart SUV
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Daimler has no plans to take over Aston Martin, rules out Smart SUV

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has no plans to increase its stake in British sports car maker Aston Martin. Dieter Zetsche, Daimler's chairman, spoke to Autocar at the recent Paris motor show and is quoted as saying that "there are no plans to increase our stake [in Aston Martin] or take over"...


Daimler, BYD launch Denza EV into Chinese market
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Daimler, BYD launch Denza EV into Chinese market

A collaboration between Daimler and Chinese car maker BYD has yielded its first fruit, the China-only Denza electric vehicle. The Denza, which looks like a mashup between a stretched B-Class hatch and a Tatra T700, is built in a factory in Shenzhen, China, right on the border with Hong Kong...


Daimler increases stake in Aston Martin, expands component sharing - report
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Daimler increases stake in Aston Martin, expands component sharing - report

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler will increase its stake in Aston Martin and supply the British sports car maker with electric and electronic parts in a deepening of the partnership formed last year. Bloomberg reports Daimler will receive another one per cent stake in the business, increasing its share of Aston Martin to five per cent...


Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied
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Smart Fortwo Brabus: New pocket-rocket spied

A prototype of the new Smart Fortwo Brabus has been spied testing on public roads in Europe. The camouflaged pocket-rocket, captured by CarAdvice’s spy photographers, appears less than a week after Daimler’s city-car division officially unveiled its pint-sized third-generation Fortwo and larger second-gen Forfour...


Self-driving Mercedes-Benz truck demonstrated in Germany
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Self-driving Mercedes-Benz truck demonstrated in Germany

Daimler Trucks has demonstrated the self-driving Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 along a stretch of Autobahn in Germany in front of hundreds of guests including journalists, government officials and captains of industry. The Highway Pilot system fitted to the Mercedes-Benz Future Truck 2025 is capable of autonomously driving at speeds up to 85km/h...


Smart ForTwo and ForFour to share 70 per cent of Renault Twingo's components
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Smart ForTwo and ForFour to share 70 per cent of Renault Twingo's components

The head of Smart has confirmed the next-generation ForTwo and ForFour will share up to 70 per cent of their parts with the newly revealed Renault Twingo. The cars have been jointly developed by Renault and Smart's parent company Daimler and all share the same rear-engine, rear-drive platform...


Mercedes-Benz considering Aston Martin takeover: rumours
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Mercedes-Benz considering Aston Martin takeover: rumours

Rumours are swirling that Mercedes-Benz is considering purchasing Aston Martin. When asked by reporters, Daimler chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars Dr Dieter Zetsche would not rule out the possibility of the German auto giant buying out the iconic British sports car brand, of which it acquired a five per cent stake last year...


Daimler keen to expand Tesla partnership
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Daimler keen to expand Tesla partnership

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler is keen to expand its partnership with electric vehicle specialist Tesla Motors to electrify more models in its range. Asked about the German automotive giant’s component purchasing deal with Tesla, Daimler chief financial officer Bodo Uebber confirmed, “We want to look for more cooperation”...


Mercedes-Benz Hitler ad "entirely inappropriate": Daimler
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Mercedes-Benz Hitler ad "entirely inappropriate": Daimler

An ad created by German film school students showing a Mercedes-Benz running down and killing a young Adolf Hitler has drawn disfavour with parent company Daimler. The clip, put together by students from Germany's Ludwigsburg film academy, depicts Adolf Hitler as a child playing with a kite in his home town of Braunau am Inn, Austria...


Daimler to build new vehicle safety technology centre in Germany
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Daimler to build new vehicle safety technology centre in Germany

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler will build a new vehicle safety technology centre in Germany as part of its continued development of passenger car protection measures. The new vehicle safety technology centre will be built in Stuttgart-Sindelfingen, next to Daimler AG’s existing development centre, by Munich-based firm Messring, a global manufacturer of crash test systems and components...


Mercedes-Benz considering expanded small-car range: report
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Mercedes-Benz considering expanded small-car range: report

Mercedes-Benz could expand its front-wheel-drive family when it launches its next-generation small-car architecture in 2018. Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche told reporters the premium German manufacturer is currently planning its future vehicle line-up and is looking at further diversifying its small-car range...


More EU nations may ban sale of Mercedes-Benz vehicles
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More EU nations may ban sale of Mercedes-Benz vehicles

More European Union nations may join France in banning the sale of certain Mercedes-Benz vehicles containing a prohibited refrigerant after the 28 member governments agreed to take action against the defiant German car maker...


Ford shares three-cylinder EcoBoost engine know-how with Daimler
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Ford shares three-cylinder EcoBoost engine know-how with Daimler

Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler has shared intelligence on its fuel-efficient petrol engines with Ford in exchange for intimate information on the blue oval's highly awarded three-cylinder EcoBoost powerplant. Automotive News reports Daimler has spent time dissecting the 1...


Aston Martin, Daimler in talks over engine partnership: report
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Aston Martin, Daimler in talks over engine partnership: report

Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler have held early talks over a proposed technical partnership to create new engines for the iconic British manufacturer. Aston Martin is actively seeking a collaborator to reduce spending on its next-generation sports cars, and German powerhouse Daimler is understood to be the preferred partner of Aston co-owner Investindustrial...


Daimler envisions the future with innovative transportation concepts
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Daimler envisions the future with innovative transportation concepts

Daimler has provided a glimpse into its vision for the future of transportation, revealing new concepts that expand the role of cars beyond driving. Developed under the slogan ‘Future needs Utopia’, Daimler – the parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart – worked with a team of architecture, construction, design and philosophy experts with a special focus on innovation and the future to devise the concepts that make cars an integral part of future societies...


Daimler boss Zetsche earns three-year contract extension
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Daimler boss Zetsche earns three-year contract extension

The head of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz has been given three more years to lift his company's lethargic profits and sales and attempt to close the gap to its luxury German rivals. The supervisory board of Daimler AG voted to extend the contract of Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, until the end of 2016 – two years short of the five-year extension he was widely expected to earn...