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BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi embrace the blogosphere
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BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi embrace the blogosphere

BMW, Mercedes-Benz and other luxury brands are engaging with internet bloggers in an effort to target younger audiences who favour social media platforms over traditional media such as television and newspapers. Bloomberg reports the move follows Volvo inviting 21-year-old Adnan Ebrahim, a blogger who runs a London-based website CarThrottle...


Car makers concerned as China sales slow
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Car makers concerned as China sales slow

Automakers worldwide could be affected by slowing sales results in China as dealers see stocks of unsold cars rise, threatening price cuts. Bloomberg reports the China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA), which covers Honda, Chery and Geely, is increasingly concerned at the possible price cuts that could result from carrying more than 45 days of inventory as of the end of April...


BMW, Daimler collaborate on EV project
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BMW, Daimler collaborate on EV project

Very rarely do BMW and Daimler – the parent company of Mercedes-Benz – see eye to eye, and it's even rarer that the two fierce German rivals come together to collaborate on a project. But both luxury car manufacturers have put aside their differences to participate in the Technical University Munich's (TUM) Visio...


Global car makers agree on standardised EV charging design
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Global car makers agree on standardised EV charging design

Eight of the world's largest and most influential global manufacturers have agreed on a standard design for the charging systems of their electric vehicles. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Porsche and Volkswagen have endorsed a harmonised single-port fast charging method – called DC-fast charging with a combined charging system – for use in their EVs in Europe and the US...


Denza EV concept emerges from Daimler
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Denza EV concept emerges from Daimler's Chinese partnership

The Denza EV concept has made its world premiere at the 2012 Beijing motor show, previewing the first production car developed under the joint venture between German powerhouse Daimler and domestic manufacturer BYD. The Denza EV is the product of around two years of development and more than 200 engineers and experts from the Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology (BDNT) collaboration, which was created in 2010...


Chrysler CEO earns nothing in 2011, Ford
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Chrysler CEO earns nothing in 2011, Ford's Mulally wins big

The CEO of Chrysler received no salary, bonuses or stock awards from the company in 2011. Chrysler Group’s annual filing revealed that head honcho Sergio Marchionne declined to take home any money or shares as compensation for his leadership, despite the company returning a profit in 2011...


Nissan and Daimler to produce engines together in the US
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Nissan and Daimler to produce engines together in the US

Nissan and Daimler will produce four-cylinder engines at facilities in Tennessee, USA, from 2014. The engines will power a range of upcoming Infiniti vehicles, as well as future Mercedes-Benz models. The companies plan to produce up to 250,000 engines per year once the project is in full swing...


Nissan-Renault & Daimler partnership remains strong
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Nissan-Renault & Daimler partnership remains strong

With Suzuki and Volkswagen suing each other over a failed alliance, all eyes are on the Nissan-Renault and Daimler partnership, which represents yet another affiliation between a Japanese and German brand. Speaking to the automotive media today, Nissan’s Executive Vice President, Andy Palmer, said the two companies made “a conscious decision not to talk about it (the collaboration) until it was real”...


Daimler, BYD collaborating on Chinese EV for 2013
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Daimler, BYD collaborating on Chinese EV for 2013

Daimler, the parent company of German luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz, and Chinese manufacturer BYD are collaborating on a new compact electric car. A concept will be unveiled at Auto China 2012 in Beijing next April ahead of the production model’s launch in 2013...


Aston Martin, Daimler in talks over Maybach development
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Aston Martin, Daimler in talks over Maybach development

Aston Martin and Daimler are reportedly in talks over a deal that would see the British luxury sports car brand build future Maybach models. According to the Financial Times, Daimler is investigating the viability of Aston Martin designing and producing the low-volume super-luxury limousine, and providing Aston with engines in return...


Mercedes-Benz B55 B-Class created by Mercedes-Benz apprentices
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Mercedes-Benz B55 B-Class created by Mercedes-Benz apprentices

Just relax for a second, this is not a production car and will probably never be one. But it is very exciting. A bunch of 12 apprentices working for Daimler at the Rastatt plant in Germany conjured up the idea of creating a Mercedes-Benz B55 V8 B-Class wagon... and then actually built it as a one-off project...


Daimler, Mercedes-Benz to celebrate 125 years of the automobile
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Daimler, Mercedes-Benz to celebrate 125 years of the automobile

Daimler AG is preparing itself for potentially the largest celebration in its long manufacturing history – the 125th anniversary of the invention of the automobile. On January 29, 1886, Carl Benz filed the patent for his “Vehicle with gas engine drive”. The Benz Patent-Motorwagen was powered by a 954cc single-cylinder four-stroke engine, which produced 0...


BMW AG and Daimler AG unite to save money on seats
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BMW AG and Daimler AG unite to save money on seats

Recent company friendship between BMW AG and Daimler AG has surfaced. It seems both companies are aiming to save money so they've put their heads together and conjured up the ultimate cash-saving scheme; seat frame sharing. That's right, the two rivaling companies have announced they will cooperate on a deal to see the production of the same seat frames be made for some of the production BMW and Mercedes-Benz models...


Daimler & Toyota team up on fuel-cell technology
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Daimler & Toyota team up on fuel-cell technology

If anyone was taking bets, not many would've put their money on the likelihood of a Toyota and Daimler partnership, nonetheless a report in the Financial Times Deutschland suggest the two companies will join forces to fast-track fuel-cell technology development...


Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatec set for limited production
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Maybach 57S Coupe by Xenatec set for limited production

Maybach has always focussed on rear-seat luxury across its model line-up, even going so far as to release a convertible version which keeps the chauffeur’s compartment closed. Now German-based engineering firm, Xenatec, has announced plans to develop a coupe version of the Maybach to rival models such as the Bentley Brooklands and Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe with full support from Daimler...


Renault-Nissan, Daimler reach sharing and collaboration agreement
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Renault-Nissan, Daimler reach sharing and collaboration agreement

As hinted at earlier this week, Renault-Nissan and Daimler have announced a wide-ranging strategic cooperation that spans from powertrain sharing and co-development on future products to cross-shareholding. Meeting in Brussels, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr Dieter Zetsche, and Chairman and CEO of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, Carlos Ghosn, announced an equity exchange that will give Renault and Nissan each a 1...


Renault-Nissan, Daimler alliance could save billions of euros
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Renault-Nissan, Daimler alliance could save billions of euros

A report published by Autonews today says a new alliance between Renault-Nissan and Daimler could save billions of euros in development costs on both sides of the fence. A source close to the deal says the manufacturers aim to sign an agreement that will include cross-shareholdings from 3 per cent to 4 per cent by as early as tomorrow...


Daimler sued for bribery, settles for $200 million
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Daimler sued for bribery, settles for $200 million

In a rather interesting case, German car and truck maker Daimler AG (the owners of Mercedes-Benz) was last week charged with violating U.S. bribery laws. The charges allege the company showered foreign officials with millions of dollars as well as luxury cars to win business deals...


Nissan-Renault, Daimler discuss engine, EV technology swap
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Nissan-Renault, Daimler discuss engine, EV technology swap

According to a report published in Japan's Nikkei newspaper, Nissan-Renault and Daimler are in three-way talks over a potential exchange of larger engines (from Daimler) for electric car and battery technology (from Nissan-Renualt). The report of three-way negotiations, including a possible equity tie-up, emerged last week...


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Queen's personal Jaguar Daimler Majestic up for sale

As undoubtedly one of the rarest car's to come up for sale this year, HRH Queen Elizabeth II's personal Jaguar Daimler Majestic is up for grabs for the bargain price of $120,000. Driven by the Queen herself for over three years (between 2001 and 2004), the bespoke vehicle still boasts all of its original features including specially redesigned armrests to accommodate the Queen's handbag and a hidden panel of security lighting...