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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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No More Subcompact Models for Mercedes-Benz

The introduction of Mercedes-Benz of its compact models has gained it a lot of profit. Particularly, the launching of the German automaker’s CLA-Class in the U.S. was instrumental in catapulting its status as the number-one  luxury car brand in the region. So far, the CLA is considered by the company as its “best launch” in over 20 years. Due to the huge success of the Mercedes-Benz CLA models, the German company’s plant in Kecksmet, Hungary even added a third shift to answer to the overwhelming demand of its compact segment. These series of events led some to speculate that Mercedes-Benz might be considering a subcompact model that will compete with Audi’s… Continue Reading »

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New Generation of Mercedes-Renault Smart Cars Caught on Tape

The third generation of smart cars have been caught on video during a recent testing. These are fruits of the partnership forged between Mercedes-Benz and Renault. The exterior of the smart cars remain literally sketchy as of the moment due to the camouflage wrapped all around their armors, so we can’t comment yet on what they look like on the outside. However, we were able to fish out some valuable information about the vehicles from MB Passion. According to the source, the cars will have a rear-wheel drive. Then, their engine, located at the rear, will be a 0.9-liter three cylinder model from Renault. The fortwo (C453) and the forfour… Continue Reading »

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5 Smart Missed Opportunities

Smart has become a brand name synonymous with stylish compact city cars. An alliance was formed back in 1994 by watch manufacturer, Swatch, and Daimler-Benz AG to undertake the new project. Interest in the brand grew immediately following the first model’s release in 1998. Come launch, city commuters could buy a compact city car which wasn’t only attractive but incredibly practical around town. Drivers could even park perpendicularly in an otherwise parallel-parked street. The brand experienced some attempted expansion in its short history, which almost always failed. However, the future launch of the Renault Twingo-based Smart ForFour spells an opportunity to pick up where it left off with the former… Continue Reading »

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Car2go completes year one in Seattle

Daimler’s carsharing service car2go, powered by smart vehicles, just celebrated its first year in Seattle. The service operates 500 smart fortwo units in the area, and it is already the largest as well as the fastest-growing car2go city in the US. Launched in December 2012, car2go Seattle now has over 40,000 people registered to the service who share the 500 fortwo vehicles as they go from point to point within the city. Of the 500, 170 were added in the previous year in order to keep up with the growing demand as well as the increase in driver registrations. Nicholas Cole, car2go North America president and CEO, expressed delight in… Continue Reading »

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Smart and Sporty: the smart fortwo edition citybeam

With an emphasis on sporty looks highlighted by the exterior color combination and interior furnishings, the new smart fortwo edition citybeam aims to capture prospective buyers who are after a short, sporty and exclusive model. Here’s a rundown of the exterior design of the edition citybeam: light blue, silver metallic, or matte anthracite (market dependent) paint job for body panels silver tridion safety cell three-double-spoke alloy wheels wide tires titanium headlamps LED daytime driving lights mirror triangles sporting the edition logo Overall, the whole look is clean and simple, with just the right amount of sporty appeal to look exciting. Fixtures for the interior include exclusive leather-optic black seats sporting… Continue Reading »

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Smart Car Sharing: Milan Gets car2go Service

This month marks another milestone in Daimler’s car2go car-sharing service, as Milan gets to enjoy a fleet of 450 smart fortwo vehicles slated to be fully available by the middle of September. While the smart eco-friendly vehicle brand certainly isn’t the biggest moneymaker in the Daimler stable, those vehicles together with the car2go platform allows the German automaker to make good on its promise of delivering sustainable automotive solutions, particularly for urban mobility applications that are focused upon by car2go. Being able to expand into a city like Milan expands the platform’s reach and should allow for better positioning in the European marketplace moving forward. If car2go continues to reach… Continue Reading »

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