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Videos Show the Resiliency of the Smart Fortwo

One of the key selling points of the Smart Fortwo is its ultra-durable tridion safety cell. Basically, the feature has been patented by Daimler’s Smart division to offer maximum protection to the electric vehicle’s occupants, which comes in addition to the safety functions provided by the car’s seatbelts and airbags. According to the Smart website, the tridion safety cell is inspired by roll cages found in racecars. It is made of high-strength steel, which is engineered to evenly distribute the force from a crash. To demonstrate how the safety frame of the Smart Fortwo can hold up to a real-life collision on the road, Daimler recently released several videos that involve crashing… Continue Reading »

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Revealing the Official Photos of the New Smart Fortwo and Forfour

The 2016 Smart Fortwo and Forfour finally make their official public appearance. The two electric vehicles appeared to have significant improvements in terms of design with a more stylish hood and new LED headlights. The two color scheme of the cars and safety cell highlights were retained, but with more than 40 color combinations to choose from for its exterior, including new color selections. The interior layout was also the same with its previous generation, but new tech and more premium features were added to give customers a good run for their money. The dimensions of the two cars were the same with their previous incarnations too. However, the turning radius… Continue Reading »

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Daimler and BMW to Make Standardized Wireless EV Chargers

Daimler and BMW are hardcore rivals in the luxury vehicle segment of the automotive industry, so it is quite hard to imagine them working together. However, according to a report from Kelley Blue Book, the two German automakers have agreed to enter into a joint venture. Recently, the two luxury car giants announced their plans to develop and implement a standardized wireless inductive charging system. This would be utilized by plug-in hybrids and pure electric-powered vehicles in the near future. The new wireless inductive charging system of Daimler and BMW is comprised of a primary coil in a plate mounted on the garage floor, and a secondary coil at the bottom of… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Enters a New Battleground in the US EV Market

Mercedes-Benz is gearing to introduce its first mass-produced pure electric vehicle in the U.S. According to Forbes, the flagship luxury vehicle brand of Daimler is looking for an end of June or early July release of the EV in the American soil. The entry of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric Drive in the region will pit it against the more established brands when it comes to EVs such as Tesla and Nissan. It should be noted that Tesla is currently dominating the county’s EV market, thanks to its Model S. On the other hand, Nissan is also enjoying its fair share in the electric car market through Leaf model. Mercedes-Benz is looking at a stiff competition… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Should Capitalize on China’s Demand for EV and Hybrid Vehicles

China is now one of the countries that automakers are focusing on because of the high demand of the area in automobiles. According to Forbes, the automotive market of the region is fast growing. In fact, it is projected to have 30% share in terms of global sales by the end of the decade. It’s no wonder why luxury brand like Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW are also putting much effort in strengthening their hold in the area. However, the increasing number of vehicles in the country has alarmed local regulators as it triggered a number of problems like heavy traffic and pollution. As a result, the Chinese government is currently… Continue Reading »

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Dr. Zetsche Believes that the New ForFour will be Successful

The first generation of the Smart ForFour was a flop during its three-year production run in the market. The dismal performance of the variant made some think that Daimler may be dropping the ball on its Smart car brand. However, a report from Automotive News said that Daimler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche is not giving up on their Smart marque yet. Daimler CEO Confident of the New ForFour Dr. Zetsche stated in an interview that he is confident with their new ForFour. He said that it would help the ailing Smart division to achieve its commercial success and get its first profit. The Daimler CEO stated that the reason why the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler May Stop Making EV Batteries

In 2008, Daimler AG announced a joint venture with Evonik to produce Li-Tec batteries for electric vehicles. Fast-forward to the present, which is more than five years after the deal, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz is already contemplating on selling its Li-Tec battery cell plants in Germany. According to Bloomberg, the decision to end the production of EV batteries is a part of Daimler’s plan to scale back its domestic retail organization and to revive its push to reach a profitability goal. The sale might proceed by 2016 said the report, citing some anonymous sources within the company. The post stated though that Daimler will still continue making electric vehicles…. Continue Reading »

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