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Aston Martin Will Likely Use the MSA Platform of Mercedes

Last week, some blogs have been fueling rumors about the planned acquisition by Daimler of Aston Martin. However, as mentioned by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, the partnership of Daimler and Aston Martin will only be limited to architecture and technology sharing. He expressly stated that his company will never interfere with the operations and marketing of the supercar brand in any way. According to a report in CarBuzz, among the things that Mercedes and Aston Martin cars will share in terms of architecture is the MSA platform. The modular sports car or MSA platform is a product of Mercedes-Benz. It is currently being developed for its next-generation SLK and SL sports cars,… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Vans Wraps Up Successful 2013 Business Year

Mercedes-Benz Vans just concluded a very successful 2013 business year, with the division growing earnings by 16 percent overall, up to €631 million (around $870 million). This was despite volatile and ever-changing conditions in the various markets all through last year. Sales grew 7 percent from 252,400 in 2012 to 270,000 in the previous business year. Revenue also went up by 3 percent, from €9.07 billion ($12.5 billion) to €9.37 billion (around $12.92 billion). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) went up by 16 percent as well. A big factor was double-digit growth rates in key areas like China, Latin America, and Russia. Sales in China went up by 44 percent, with a… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Wins Six Categories in 2014 Motor Klassik Award

In the 2014 edition of the Motor Klassik Award, Mercedes-Benz managed to get wins in a whopping six categories, showcasing the continued excellence of the brand in a variety of aspects. The Silver Arrows race cars, the 1934 W 25 and the 1954 W 196 R, took a double victory in the ‘Racing Cars’ and ‘Auction Cars’ categories. In the ‘Classics up to 1930′ category, the Mercedes-Benz SSK sports car bagged the victory, while the 300 SL “Gullwing” Coupé (pictured) took the win in the ‘Classics 1947 to 1961′ category. The G-Class won the ‘Off-roaders 2014′ race, and Mercedes-Benz’s Genuine replacement parts via Mercedes-Benz Classic rounded out the evening for… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes Will Equip Future Compact Hybrids With Three-Cylinder Engines

Bernhard Heil, the head of powertrain development of Daimler, revealed that Mercedes-Benz will be using three-cylinder engines in its future compact hybrid cars designed for front-wheel drive. According to Automotive News, some Mercedes engineers are skeptical about the idea of putting three-cylinder engines. However, Daimler pointed out that smaller engines carry a lot of potentials. Heil said that it is needed for transverse-mounted hybrid powertrains. It will also address the limitations posed by four-cylinder engines in terms of packaging at the front end of a compact hybrid car. The Daimler official noted that Mercedes will still use four-cylinder engines it its rear-wheel drive vehicles, including their hybrid versions. He reasoned… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Boosts Production of Mercedes CLA in Hungary Plant

The Mercedes CLA has been very instrumental in boosting the sales momentum of Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. Due to the overwhelming demand of the luxury car particularly in the U.S., Daimler has warned consumers earlier this year that they might have trouble with the supply. The US dealership of Mercedes-Benz also said that the tight supply might remain until June this year. Extra Shift in Hungary Plant for the Production of Mercedes CLA Announced According to Automotive News, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz has recently started to take action on the issue by adding a third-shift in its plant located in Kecskemet, Hungary. Daimler stated that the extra shift in… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Denies Aston Martin Takeover

Rumors have been circulating recently in the online community about Daimler’s alleged plan to acquire Aston Martin. So far, they have been traced back to Dr. Dieter Zetche’s rather vague statements about the supercar brand in his past interviews. Recently, Motor Authority killed the rumors concerning the buyout saying that Zetche’s statements were just taken out of context. Citing the Daimler boss’ interview with High Gear Media during the previous Detroit Auto Show, the source said that a takeover is out of the equation for the parent company of Mercedes-Benz. The report simply pointed out what we have mentioned last February about the Daimler and Aston Martin partnership wherein the… Continue Reading »

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Mexico venture in the works for Daimler and Nissan?

According to a Reuters report, Daimler, the parent company of automaker Mercedes-Benz, has signed a new pact with Nissan, which will involve the creation of a new joint venture in Mexico that will produce new vehicles for Mercedes and Nissan’s Infiniti brand. Sources have said that the deal at this point entails Nissan manufacturing the next-gen GLA at the company’s Aguascalientes facility, which is also set to produce new Infiniti models. This would extend the cooperation between the two automotive companies, as Mercedes-Benz already has an existing pact with the Renault-Nissan Alliance, with engines, plants, and automotive platforms and technologies being shared between the automakers. Of course, both of the… Continue Reading »

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