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F-CELL World Drive enters final leg back to Europe

Two days from now, Mercedes-Benz’s F-CELL World Drive campaign will leave China’s Auto Shanghai showroom floors and head for the final and lengthiest round of its world tour. It’ll travel all the way from Shanghai through Kazakhstan and Russia until it makes its way back into Europe, it’s original starting point. Almost 14,000 kilometers will have been covered by the B-Class F-CELL with power coming from its three fuel cells. 5,300 kilometers of that distance has been covered in Australia alone. It is expected to finish its tour of the world in Europe, through countries such as Russia, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Germany. What really makes the tour’s final… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s outlook for China pegged at 20% growth

Despite oil prices surging all over the world plus the absence of automotive incentives for car buyers, Daimler AG says that it still expects to perform well in China, predicting at least a 20 percent growth in the country. Daimler Northeast Asia Ltd. Chairman Ulrich Walker says during a press conference that their expected outlook is merely a “conservative” target. Walker adds that he’s not too worried that the market in China will be affected heavily by new government measures in persuading car buyers from purchasing new cars in order to help the worsening traffic situation in the country. He believes that China still has huge potential as a market… Continue Reading »

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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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