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EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology
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5th Apr 2019
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EU charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen for colluding on emissions cleaning technology

According to an investigation by the EU's anti-trust regulator, BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen worked together between 2006 and 2014 to stymie competition in developing emissions cleaning technology. The so-called "circle of five", which included engineers from Audi and Porsche, are said to have "coordinated their AdBlue dosing strategies, AdBlue tank size and refill ranges ... with the common understanding that they thereby limited AdBlue-consumption and exhaust gas cleaning effectiveness".
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Derek Fung
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BMW and Mercedes-Benz combine mobility services units
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18th Jan 2019
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BMW and Mercedes-Benz combine mobility services units

BMW and Mercedes-Benz are the second pair of automakers to confirm a partnership this week, after Ford and Volkswagen announced they will work together on utes and vans. The companies announced their intent to combine mobility divisions last year, but approval from anti-trust regulators has only just come through. Daimler, parent of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, and BMW expect to complete dotting their Is and crossing their Ts for the new 50/50 joint venture by the end of month.
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Derek Fung
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Smart ForEase concept unveiled
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1st Oct 2018
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Smart ForEase concept unveiled

Smart will celebrate its 20th anniversary at the 2018 Paris motor show with the drop-top ForEase concept. Following in the footsteps of the crossblade and forspeed, the concept aims to offer passengers a "liberated and pure driving experience" by turfing the roof. There's no folding soft- or hard-top, it's just an old-fashioned speedster.
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Scott Collie
Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder
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25th Feb 2018
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Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, has confirmed Li Shufu, founder and chairman of Geely, has aquired a 9.69 per cent stake in the German van, truck and luxury car maker. According to The Detroit News and other outlets, Li's stake in the German company cost around €7.3 billion ($11.5 billion). Li's 103 million shares make him the largest single shareholder in Daimler, ahead of Kuwait's sovereign wealth fund, which controls around 6.8 per cent of the company.
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Derek Fung
AMG Project One and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo both show the future for Mercedes-Benz
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11th Sep 2017
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AMG Project One and Smart Vision EQ ForTwo both show the future for Mercedes-Benz

The Mercedes-AMG Project One hypercar might have stolen all the limelight at the Mercedes-Benz unveiling before the official opening of the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, but the diminutive Smart Vision EQ ForTwo is just as important to the future DNA of Daimler globally according to the man who should know. "We will actively shape the future of mobility, and invest massively in our future," said Dr Dieter Zetsche, chairman and head of Mercedes-Benz cars.
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Trent Nikolic