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Smart teases autonomous EV concept ahead of Frankfurt reveal

Smart has taken to social media to tease its upcoming concept bound for the Frankfurt motor show next month - an autonomous electric vehicle...

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German car makers must challenge Tesla, says senior political figure
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German car makers must challenge Tesla, says senior political figure

German car manufacturers have been put on notice by a senior political figure who is urging the country’s auto industry to challenge Tesla in the field of electric vehicles. Speaking at a public forum in Berlin on the weekend, Peter Altmaier, who is German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s chief of staff, said he was disappointed no car manufacturer had come close to matching Tesla’s electric vehicle performance parameters...


Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade
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Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade

After an event billed as the National Diesel Forum, involving Germany's top political leaders, the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Opel and Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) have agreed to upgrade millions of diesel vehicles to cut their pollution output...


Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided
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Fiat Chrysler sued over diesel emissions cheating, Mercedes-Benz offices raided

In the wake of Volkswagen's Dieselgate scandal, Fiat Chrysler and Mercedes-Benz have been cast into the spotlight, as authorities on both sides of the Atlantic have launched new actions into possible cases of emission testing defeat devices being used to illegally pass vehicles for sale...


Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear
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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear

Mercedes-Benz will recall around 1 million vehicles across various model lines, after numerous reports of engine fires as a result of a faulty fuse. According to a report published by industry journal Automotive News, parent company Daimler announced the recall after 51 fires were reported - the majority being in the USA...


CarAdvice News Desk: the weekly wrap for July 15
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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...


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...