New spy shots revealed that a new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is in the works in China. Apparently, the exact location of the sighting was at a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the city of Qingdao in the Shandong Province. The source, CarNewsChina, is pretty positive about the car being an S-Class because the light camouflage revealed the traditional features of the variant. According to the report, the new car will be launched at the Chengdu Auto Show in China on September this year. Then, the car will roll out in the Chinese car market probably in October, just a month after its launching.
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To further enhance its commercial vehicle operations in China, Daimler AG has established Daimler Trucks and Buses China Ltd. (DTBC), a new legally independent entity that will be responsible for ensuring that Daimler can supply specific customer needs as far as commercial vehicles are concerned. Hubertus Troska, the Daimler Board of Management member responsible for China, says that this is part of the continuing realignment of Daimler’s business in China. “The new commercial vehicle entity is another milestone for Daimler in China and highlights our long-term commitment to the world’s largest vehicle market, which promises to offer enormous potential in the future as well.” According to Robert Veit, DTBC President… Continue Reading »
Despite their win at the Chinese Grand Prix last year, Mercedes head Toto Wolff is playing down its chances of retaining the title as the season starts. Last year was the first win of the team since it returned to Formula 1 racing behind the commanding victory of Nico Rosberg in Shanghai. Although the team is supposedly second only to Red Bull according to Lewis Hamilton, Wolf is trying to be more realistic about the team’s chances this year. He indicated that questions were asked if they will be able to repeat its 2013 win, but what happened last year may not increase its chances this year on the track…. Continue Reading »
The China division of Mercedes-Benz is being investigated along with two other auto manufacturers by the Administrative Center for Defective Products of China or the DPAC since it supposedly used asphalt on vehicles as sound deadeners. The two other automobile manufacturers whose China divisions were also investigated were Audi and BMW. The report indicated that some models of the vehicles produced by Beijing-Benz, FAW-Volkswagen and Brilliance-BMW supposedly used asphalt on their damping plates. The damping plates of the vehicles are used to absorb noise and vibration. It is also used as waterproofing for the vehicles. A comprehensive investigation will allow authorities to check if the vehicles produced by these companies… Continue Reading »
Compared to last year’s figures for the month of October, Mercedes-Benz reported that its China sales were almost 4% lower. When taken with the news that the automaker’s non-Japanese competitors experienced brisk sales, this seems like a worrying sign. However, Mercedes says that this year-on-year drop is due to last year’s very strong sales. Still, it’s not really welcome news for the company, in light of last week’s news that a major investor in the company had sold the bulk of its shareholdings to other parties. Mercedes has reminded us though that with the recent launch of the B-Class, a new niche has been opened up, which with the upcoming… Continue Reading »
In an effort to go around the limitation of Chinese government procurement strictly to Chinese brands, Mercedes-Benz is considering selling E-Class sedans under BAIC’s Beijing marque. Since BAIC is Mercedes-Benz’s partner in China, both parties will benefit if the vehicles are chosen for the government’s fleet. There’s already some moves in the works that would see the E-Class platform transferred over to BAIC, with details in terms of profit sharing still being ironed out. BAIC already has some facilities producing C-Class as well as E-Class vehicles and the GLK as well. At the moment, Mercedes-Benz only asks for 15 percent of the profit from each E-Class that would be sold… Continue Reading »
The influx of automobiles in China has contributed greatly to growing concerns about traffic and pollution in the country, deemed as the biggest market in the world. Enter Daimler and BYD, its local partner in China, who are hoping that their new all-electric luxury vehicle concept—called the Denza—will spark electric car sales in the nation to help alleviate environmental concerns. Electric cars haven’t really sold all too well in China, but the two companies are betting on their luxury electric car to dazzle prospective buyers and give them enough oomph to consider getting the Denza. After all, it’s got a ton of features on top of the green tech: it’s… Continue Reading »