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Model Discontinuations Coming Down the Pipe, Mercedes-Benz Dealer Says

Like most automakers, notably Honda and Ford, Mercedes-Benz is under pressure to pare back build configurations, and perhaps even entire models, to ease complexity. In this age of falling sales and costly investments in futuristic tech, the vehicle buffet can no longer be all-you-can-eat affair. With that in mind, participants of a recent national Mercedes-Benz […] The post Model Discontinuations Coming Down the Pipe, Mercedes-Benz Dealer Says appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, News Blog, Product Planning, Discontinuations


This is Smart’s Send-off for the Internal Combustion Engine

Before Smart goes all-electric next year, Daimler plans to offer “an exclusive and strictly limited special edition” model as a farewell to its combustion-engine vehicles. Designed by Konstantin Grcic, a man known for designing mass-manufactured minimalist furniture, the automaker says these limited-edition cars are for the “most ardent collectors only.” Presumably, Daimler is referring to […] The post This is Smart’s Send-off for the Internal Combustion Engine appeared first on The Truth About ...
Tags: Smart, Autos, Daimler, Special Editions, Art Cars, News Blog, Automotive Design, Smart ForTwo, Konstantin Grcic, Limited Editions


Lean on Me: Incoming Daimler CEO Aims to Tap Alliances, Get Models Out the Door Faster, Cheaper

Planned successor for Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, Ola Källenius, says Mercedes-Benz will significantly reduce development costs under his supervision by accelerating alliances throughout the industry. This, of course, has everything to do with electric cars, as that’s all auto executives seem capable of discussing anymore. “The cost structure of the electric car is above that of […] The post Lean on Me: Incoming Daimler CEO Aims to Tap Alliances, Get Models Out the Door Faster, Cheaper appeared ...
Tags: Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, EQ, Electrification, Daimler AG, Dieter Zetsche, Ola Kallenius, Brand Strategy, News Blog, Dr Z, Dieter Zetsche Ola Källenius


Mercedes C-Class May Fall On Its Sword for American-made SUVs

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly considering moving C-Class production out of America to make room on its Alabama assembly line for more high-margin utility vehicles. Despite being the brand’s best-selling sedan in the United States, Mercedes knows it has to acknowledge the public’s growing propensity for luxurious light trucks. While ignoring the present doesn’t seem like the […] The post Mercedes C-Class May Fall On Its Sword for American-made SUVs appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Alabama, America, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Vance, Tuscaloosa, Daimler AG, News Blog, Product Planning, C-Class, Factory News, MBUSI, United States Mercedes


Report: Second Chinese Automaker Amassing Big Daimler Stake

A year after Chinese automaker Geely announced the purchase of a nearly 10-percent stake in auto giant Daimler AG, a second carmaker from the People’s Republic is reportedly interested in acquiring a piece of the German company’s action. A stealthy accumulation of shares could already be underway. According to multiple sources who spoke with Reuters, […] The post Report: Second Chinese Automaker Amassing Big Daimler Stake appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Shares, Autos, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Daimler AG, BAIC, News Blog, Ownership Model


Populus AI CEO, co-founder Regina Clewlow at TC Sessions: Mobility on July 10

Behind all those on-demand shuttles, ride-hailing vehicles, dockless scooters, bikes and someday even autonomous cars is data. A lot of data. Numerous startups have popped up and several large, established companies have rolled out products all aimed at capturing and making sense of that data. One such company is Populus AI, a startup that has launched a data platform for cities to better understand and manage how people are moving from Point A to Point B.  The idea is that real-time data and an...
Tags: Transportation, Washington, Los Angeles, Tech, Intel, Mit, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Bmw, Self-driving Cars, UC Davis, Daimler, SVP, Mobileye, Dave Ferguson, SF Bay Area


Digital Trends Live: Facebook F8 wrap-up, iPhone 11 mock-ups, and more

On today’s DT Live, we discuss the Facebook F8 developer conference, new mock-ups for the iPhone 11, Hulu grows to 28 million subscribers, Daimler quits the Smart EV car, and “biosolar leaves” may help clean London’s air. The post Digital Trends Live: Facebook F8 wrap-up, iPhone 11 mock-ups, and more appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Facebook, London, Cars, Trends, Hulu, Daimler, Health & Fitness, iPhone 11, Dt Live, Digital Trends Live


More Changes Come to Mercedes-AMG

Daimler’s performance arm, Mercedes-AMG, has entered a period of transition. In addition to placing a strengthened emphasis on all-wheel drive, the company will also begin manufacturing vehicles in China. While the assembly locale isn’t equally important for all cars, AMG is famous for its one-man-one-engine philosophy. Part of the appeal, we assumed, was getting a […] The post More Changes Come to Mercedes-AMG appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Autos, Awd, Daimler, Amg, Mercedes-AMG, News Blog, Product Planning, Future Models


QOTD: Smart Idea, or No?

Monday brought news few people feared: the dwindling, one-model Smart brand (we refuse to use a lowercase “S”) is gonzo after 2019, at least in North America. Finally, some of you might be thinking. It’s not likely there’s a large contingent of readers who can claim to be an owner of a Fortwo, or a […] The post QOTD: Smart Idea, or No? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Smart, Autos, North America, Daimler, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day


It’s over: Smart confirms it’s leaving America after disastrous shift to EVs

Daimler announced its Smart brand will leave the United States after the 2019 model year. The company's annual American sales dropped by 58% to under 1,300 cars after it shifted to selling only electric vehicles. The post It’s over: Smart confirms it’s leaving America after disastrous shift to EVs appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, America, Trends, Smart, United States, Daimler, All-electric Cars


It’s over: Smart confirms it’s leaving America after disastrous EV shift

Daimler announced its Smart brand will leave the United States after the 2019 model year. The company's annual American sales dropped by 58 percent to under 1,300 cars after it shifted to selling only electric vehicles. The post It’s over: Smart confirms it’s leaving America after disastrous EV shift appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: News, Cars, America, Trends, United States, Daimler


Confirmed: Smart Brand Dead in North America After This Year

The brand discontinuation we’ve all been waiting for has come to pass. One month after the city car-building Smart brand’s salvation at the hands of China’s Geely, parent company Daimler has announced the 2019 model year will be Smart’s last in North America. Say goodbye to a single electric model with a range of 58 […] The post Confirmed: Smart Brand Dead in North America After This Year appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Sales, Brands, Smart, Autos, North America, Daimler, Geely, News Blog, Smart ForTwo, Discontinuation, ForTwo


Daimler pulls the plug on electric smart car sales in US, Canada

Daimler is ending sales of its diminutive all-electric smart fortwo cars in the U.S. and Canada, officially pulling the plug on a vehicle that has struggled to gain ground in North America as the German automaker prepares to bring the brand to China, TechCrunch has learned. won’t be sold in the U.S. and Canada after the 2019 model year, Daimler AG confirmed after two sources familiar with the decision shared the information with TechCrunch. “After much careful consideration, smart will discont...
Tags: Transportation, Europe, China, Cars, Tech, Smart, Canada, Automotive, United States, North America, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Swatch, Adt, Mercedes Benz CLA, Daimler AG


AMG=AWD? Sub-brand’s Boss Says Rear-drive Hate Is Fueling the Switch

Mercedes-AMG, the German luxury marque’s performance sub-brand, might eliminate all rear-drive vehicles from its lineup, AMG CEO Tobias Moers suggested during a recent interview. The company’s boss claims buyers, who already favored putting their AMG’s additional power to all four wheels, are increasingly leaving rear-drive driving behind. The customer, of course, is always right, and […] The post AMG=AWD? Sub-brand’s Boss Says Rear-drive Hate Is Fueling the Switch appeared first on The Truth Ab...
Tags: Autos, Awd, Daimler, Amg, Mercedes-AMG, News Blog, All Wheel Drive, Product Planning, Tobias Moers, Future Models


Daimler Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ How North Korea Got Its Mercedes-Maybach Limos

Daimler, maker of top-end Mercedes-Maybach automobiles, is on the hot seat after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was spotted scooting around in brand new armored limos at recent international summits. Sales of luxury automobiles to the despotic regime are banned under a UN Security Council resolution passed in 2013, and Daimler does not count […] The post Daimler Has ‘Absolutely No Idea’ How North Korea Got Its Mercedes-Maybach Limos appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: North Korea, Luxury, Kim Jong Un, Autos, Un, UN Security Council, Law And Order, Sanctions, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, Mercedes Maybach, News Blog, Mercedes Maybach Limos


Report: Daimler Ready to Call It Quits With Renault-Nissan

The promising partnership that kicked off at the tail end of the last decade might end before this one is over. Compounding rumors about the troubled relationship, a report in a German business publication claims incoming Daimler CEO Ola Kaellenius will pull the plug on the automaker’s tie-up with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance. Cost savings are […] The post Report: Daimler Ready to Call It Quits With Renault-Nissan appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Autos, Nissan, Daimler, Partnerships, Renault Nissan, Ola Kaellenius, News Blog, Renault-Nissan Alliance, Joint Projects, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Cost


100 Car2go Mercedes hijacked in Chicago crime spree

Car2go, free-floating car-sharing service owned by Daimler, temporarily shut down its service in Chicago on Wednesday after dozens of Mercedes-Benz vehicles were stolen using the app. The Chicago Police Department was alerted by Car2Go that some of their vehicles may have been rented by deceptive or fraudulent means through a mobile  app, a spokesperson wrote in an emailed statement to TechCrunch. The news was first reported via tweet by Brad Edwards, a reporter with CBS Chicago. Edwards re...
Tags: Startups, TC, Transportation, Law Enforcement, Chicago, Automotive, Reporter, Carsharing, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz CLA, Chicago Police Department, Daimler AG, BMW Group, CPD, Car2go


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Unabashedly Big and Not Afraid to Go Green

It’s getting increasingly difficult to decide what constitutes a luxury vehicle these days. Premium manufacturers seem preoccupied with technology and providing customers with entry-level compacts they’re supposed to pay big money for. Fortunately, things get clearer as you move up the food chain. Nobody would think to doubt the S-Class’ luxury credentials, and Mercedes-Benz is […] The post 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Unabashedly Big and Not Afraid to Go Green appeared first on The Truth About Cars...
Tags: Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, New York Auto Show, News Blog, Mercedes-Benz GLS, GLS 450, GLS 580


2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Unabashedly Big and Not Afraid to Go Green(ish)

It’s getting increasingly difficult to decide what constitutes a luxury vehicle these days. Premium manufacturers seem preoccupied with technology and providing customers with entry-level compacts they’re supposed to pay big money for. Fortunately, things get clearer as you move up the food chain. Nobody would think to doubt the S-Class’ luxury credentials, and Mercedes-Benz is […] The post 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS – Unabashedly Big and Not Afraid to Go Green(ish) appeared first on The Truth About...
Tags: Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, New York Auto Show, News Blog, Mercedes-Benz GLS, GLS 450, GLS 580


Bridging the Gap: With Its Concept GLB, Mercedes-Benz Wants More Passengers in the Small CUV Space

Not everyone’s attention is on New York City this week. Half a world away, Auto Shanghai presents another stage for automakers to show off their upcoming models. For Mercedes-Benz, Shanghai serves as the venue for a new concept that appears almost ready to enter production: the Concept GLB. A quick perusal of MB’s naming strategy […] The post Bridging the Gap: With Its Concept GLB, Mercedes-Benz Wants More Passengers in the Small CUV Space appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: New York City, Shanghai, Autos, Crossovers, Mercedes-benz, Daimler, News Blog, Product Planning, GLB, Mercedes-Benz GLB, GLB Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz Shanghai


Uber spent $457 million on self-driving and flying car R&D last year

Uber spent $457 million last year on research and development of autonomous vehicles, flying cars (known as eVTOLs) and other “technology programs” and will continue to invest heavily in the futuristic tech even though it expects to rely on human drivers for years to come, according to the company’s IPO prospectus filed Thursday. R&D costs at Uber ATG, the company’s autonomous vehicle unit, its eVTOL unit Uber Elevate and other related technology represented one-third of its total R&D spen...
Tags: Apple, Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Toronto, San Francisco, Tech, Ceo, AV, Automotive, Ford, Toyota, Travis Kalanick, Self-driving Cars, New York Stock Exchange, Robotics


EU Charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen With Emissions Collusion

It might have taken two years of investigative raids and Daimler acting as a whistleblower, but Germany’s Big Three automakers finally stand accused by the European Union of collusion. On Friday, the European Commission claimed that Volkswagen Group, BMW and Daimler broke antitrust rules by acting together to delay the introduction of two emission cleaning systems […] The post EU Charges BMW, Daimler, Volkswagen With Emissions Collusion appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Germany, Eu, European Union, Vw, Investigations, European Commission, Autos, Bmw, Raids, Daimler, Cartels, Volkswagen Group, News Blog, Volkswagen Group BMW, Automotive Cartel


Ghosn Weirdness Intensifies

Happy to relegate Carlos Ghosn to the past, Renault has announced its former CEO will soon leave the company’s executive board, along with Cherie Blair, wife of former British prime minister Tony Blair. Annette Winkler, the ex-head of Daimler’s Smart brand, will be proposed as the new director at the company’s annual meeting in June, according […] The post Ghosn Weirdness Intensifies appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Twitter, Japan, Scandal, Autos, Automotive Industry, Cherie Blair, Nissan, Daimler, Renault, Coup, Carlos Ghosn, News Blog, Hot Legal Action, Nissan-Renault-Mitsubishi Alliance, Tony Blair Annette Winkler


Shades of Tomorrow: Mercedes-Benz’s ‘In-Car Gaming Challenge’

The Mercedes-Benz-sponsored “In-Car Gaming Challenge” isn’t exactly breaking news. Daimler made the announcement almost a week ago, with the story only gaining traction online thanks to a slower-than-usual news cycle. Frankly, we originally planned to ignore the topic entirely — until we realized no one discussed the broader implications. That probably sounds more ominous than […] The post Shades of Tomorrow: Mercedes-Benz’s ‘In-Car Gaming Challenge’ appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Video Games, Autos, Mercedes Benz, Daimler, Daimler AG, News Blog, MBUX, Automotive Apps


Daimler Trucks buys a majority stake in self-driving tech company Torc Robotics

Daimler Trucks just announced that it’s acquiring a majority stake Torc Robotics, a deal that will see the two companies collaborating on the development of Level 4 self-driving trucks. Daimler Trucks is the world’s largest truck manufacturer and a division of the larger Daimler Group. Torc, meanwhile, was founded in 2005. For most of its history, it specialized in self-driving software and sensors for commercial, industrial and military use, before recently shifting its attention to consumer ve...
Tags: Startups, Automotive, Self-driving Trucks, Daimler, Daimler Trucks, Daimler AG, Michael Fleming, Blacksburg Virginia, Transdev, TORC, TORC Robotics, Martin Daum, Daimler Group Torc


China to the Rescue: Geely Steps In to Save the Smart Brand

Contrary to past media reports, the Smart brand will not join the likes of Plymouth, Scion, and Pontiac in the great automotive graveyard. If that’s a good thing in your books, send a note of thanks to China’s Geely Holding, savior of Volvo and Lotus. On Thursday, Smart parent company Daimler and Geely announced a […] The post China to the Rescue: Geely Steps In to Save the Smart Brand appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: China, Smart, Autos, Lotus, Volvo, Daimler, Pontiac, Geely, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Product Planning, Plymouth Scion


BMW i2 to Become Company’s First Jointly-developed EV With Daimler

The unlikely alliance between BMW and Daimler, solidified earlier this year, is in the opening stages of producing something tangible. The duo are already said to be working on a joint platform for electric vehicles, which the German business publication Manager Magazin claims will underpin a new EV from BMW. Called the i2, the battery-powered subcompact […] The post BMW i2 to Become Company’s First Jointly-developed EV With Daimler appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Electric Vehicles, Autos, Bmw, Mercedes-benz, EVs, Electric Cars, Daimler, Bmw I3, I3, News Blog, Future Vehicles, Magazin, Product Planning, I2, Subcompacts, Joint Development


Smart’s in Danger, and Not Just in North America

According to a report out of Germany, we’ll know by the end of the year whether Daimler AG intends to keep its Smart city car division alive. Created a quarter century ago, Smart’s focus on microscopic urban runabouts like the Fortwo gave way to a plan to go all-electric in Europe by 2020, two years […] The post Smart’s in Danger, and Not Just in North America appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Germany, Smart, Electric Vehicles, Autos, North America, EVs, Daimler, Daimler AG, News Blog, Product Planning, Smart ForTwo


BMW Group & Daimler AG Partner For Autonomous Driving Technology

The partnership will focus on next-generation autonomous technology.  BMW and Daimler say they may partner with other companies along the way. The BMW Group and Daimler AG are partnering for a number of autonomous driving initiatives. The companies say they are looking to advance the development of next-generation driver assistance systems and autonomous driving, including up to SAE Level 4. Both have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly develop this and other new technologies relat...
Tags: Germany, Munich, Autos, Bmw, Autonomous Cars, Daimler, Mercedes Benz, Daimler AG, BMW Group, BMW AG, Board of Management of Daimler AG, Ola Kallenius, Harald Krüger, Car News, Board of Management, Källenius


Transportation Weekly: Polestar CEO speaks, Tesla terminology, and a tribute

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch . This is the fourth edition of our newsletter, a weekly jaunt into the wonderful world of transportation and how we (and our packages) move. This week we chat with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath, dig into Lyft’s S-1, take note of an emerging trend in AV development, and check out an experiment with paving. Oh, and how could we forget Tesla. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transp...
Tags: Google, Android, Transportation, Lyft, New York, China, India, Cars, Toronto, Tech, Tesla, Car, Austin, Netflix, Canada, Automotive



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