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Daimler Expects Good January Sales Figures from Mercedes-Benz

Daimler is expecting Mercedes-Benz to continue its excellent figures from 2010, carrying it over to continued growth for January of this year. Merc passenger car head honcho Dr. Joachim Schmidt spoke at an event near Stuttgart, in Sindelfingen. “I hope we will see double-digit growth again in January,” said Schmidt. He cited the continued positive sales growth in the number one automotive market in the world, China. This despite the recent introduction of new restrictions regarding registrations of new vehicles in the Chinese capital of Beijing. The restrictions took effect only this January 2011. Even with the continued growth in China, Daimler is not expecting the same of green car… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz Sees 60% Sales Growth in Chinese Market for 2011

After a strong showing in the Chinese market in 2010, Mercedes-Benz has high hopes for 2011—that is, 60 percent high. That’s how much the company is expecting sales to grow this year, with an annual target of 80,000 units sold in China. The company is in a good position for such a lofty goal, what with its recent join venture with the Beijing Automotive Industrial Holding Co. (BAIC). As part of Merc’s efforts to keep up with the high demand, the proportion of imported vehicles in the country will be limited to 30 percent, as opposed to the original projection of 70 percent. That morsel of info was confirmed by… Continue Reading »

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New Mercedes-Benz Arena in China Inaugurated

Mercedes-Benz has just inaugurated its first arena that’s not in Germany, with the rechristening of the former Shanghai World Expo Cultural Center as the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The new venue is part of the Daimler company’s celebration of the 125th year of the automobile and a symbol of Mercedes’ foothold in the fast-expanding automotive market in China. Ulrich Walker, the chairman and chief executive officer of Daimler’s Northeast Asia division, was present at the inauguration. “Taking this special commemoration momentum, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz will further deepen our commitment to the rapidly developing Chinese market through significant investment and localization,” said Walker. True enough, China is pivotal to every automaker’s plans. Just… Continue Reading »

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Flagrant B-Class Copy By Mercedes Partner BAIC

One of Mercedes-Benz’s partners in China, the Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Corp., has blatantly copied the design of Mercedes-Benz’s B-Class. Beijing Automotive, or BAIC, as it is known by its short name, had already bought the intellectual rights for other cars, notably the Saab 9-5 and some 9-3 models. These are old designs, however, and BAIC has instead chosen to copy the lines of Mercedes’ B-Class for their new BC301Z five-door hatchback. BAIC’s BC302Z sedan also has remarkable similarities to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class. It is not only in the exterior lines of the car, with its profile, grille, headlights and bumper styles, where the BC301Z reminds one of the B-Class…. Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz A-Class Hits China

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class supermini/subcompact recently got launched in the People’s Republic of China, the latest in a long line of vehicle models seeking to snag a share of the large Chinese market. Pricing starts at 238,000 yuan ($35,800) for the A160 model, while the five-door A180 fetches for 278,000 yuan ($41,700). Daimler is hoping that the A-Class will improve the company’s sales, as the company has well exceeded its target in terms of sales after having sold 101,300 units in the passenger car division alone, all in just three-fourths of the year. Of course, if you have a target of tripling that sales figure in China within 5 years, then… Continue Reading »

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Shanghai to host first ever AMG Driving Academy in Asia

Are you a resident of China? Then perhaps you want to experience driving a real Mercedes-Benz on a real racetrack. All you have to do sign up for the AMG Driving Academy, which is now coming to China this November. The event will launch on November 19 and last for five days. It’ll be held at the Shanghai International Circuit, with around 150 AMG clients and enthusiasts who have already signed up. This is the first time the AMG Driving Academy will be holding courses in Asia, so you’d better be part of it. The first three days of the driving event will be committed to Basic Training, where participants… Continue Reading »

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Chinese and German markets showing strong growth in October

Mercedes-Benz China is leading Daimler AG’s premium car brand in terms of sales growth, followed closely by their market share in Germany. Figures for October are up by 13.6 percent as compared to last year of the same month. The company said they delivered as many as 100,500 units for the month of October alone. The breakdown of this figure includes 13,500 units sold in China, doubling their October 2009 output, while dealerships in Germany were able to grow their sales output by 14 percent to 27,000 vehicles. Mercedes-Benz USA, on the other hand, was also able to grow, albeit by a single percent from October last year, to 18,400… Continue Reading »

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