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Dr. Bernhard Upbeat After First 90 Days as Commercial Vehicles Head

Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, the Daimler Board of Management member who is in charge of the commercial vehicles division, was positive when he assessed his first 90 days on the job. This was the sentiment at a press event held at the Worth plant of Mercedes-Benz. The past three months have been marked by some excellent initiatives that saw Daimler Trucks maneuver into a position where it’s poised for global leadership. The product range has been fully realized, and there’s still a bright future ahead for the Trucks division. According to the commercial vehicles chief, current programs will be continued systematically, and this should sustain the moment of the division going… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks and Buses Chief Becomes ACEA CV Board Chairman

Daimler Board member in charge of Trucks and Buses, Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, has just been elected as the chairman of the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)’s Commercial Vehicle Board. According to Dr. Bernhard, the success and sustainability of commercial vehicle manufacturers depends on their ability to “jointly articulate and address our industry’s developments, progress, and demands, and make them known to political decision-makers.” That was part of the statement he gave at the last board meeting. Dr. Bernhard takes over from Andreas Renschler, who started his chairman stint back in January this year. The chairman post rotates among the members, and one is elected each year. There are more Europe-wide… Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz do Brasil Reaches 2-Million-Unit Milestone for Commercial Vehicle Production

Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has just completed its two-millionth locally-made commercial vehicle, a milestone achieved in 57 years. That figure is comprised of some 1.4 million trucks along with 600,000 buses and chassis. According to Mercedes-Benz Trucks Europe and Latin America chief Stefan Buchner, Daimler Trucks’ operations in Brazil started “way before the country was considered an up-and-coming economy.” He added that Brazil is currently among the brand’s vital truck markets. That is, of course, not just in sales but also in production, as underscored by the 2-million-unit milestone. With around €540 million invested between 2010 and 2013, Mercedes-Benz do Brasil was able to prepare for some considerable growth. With new engine… Continue Reading »

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‘Service Quartet’ Reps Daimler and Mercedes-Benz at Munich ‘Transport Logistic’ Fair

The “transport logistic” 2013 fair, to be held in Munich from June 4 through 7, promises to feature a comprehensive service stop for people and entities looking for Daimler and Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. Representing the brands will be a ‘service quartet with star appeal’ featuring Daimler FleetBoard, Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz CharterWay, and Mercedes-Benz Global Service & Parts. With the all-in-one portfolio, there’s no competitor that can offer such a complete package. Aside from featuring all those service areas, they are also closely interlinked for convenience and extra coordination. Mercedes-Benz Bank is the financial services provider, while CharterWay offers a rental fleet along with its all-inclusive service. Daimler FleetBoard, on the… Continue Reading »

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Daimler, Renault Working on New Large Van?

According to a report on Bloomberg, Daimler is in talks with Renault on a possible cooperation for a new large van model, yet another instance of the existing pact between the two automakers. A Daimler spokeswoman, Uta Leitner, has confirmed from Stuttgart that there are discussions with Renault, but that these are “early talks.” Raluca Barb, speaking for Renault, has also confirmed that there have been talks, and she added that there are still decisions to make, particularly where production sites are concerned. The 2010 partnership with Renault-Nissan has unfolded quite nicely, and we have that to thank for new models such as the Citan delivery van and the Kangoo…. Continue Reading »

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Mercedes-Benz’s vision for commercial transport at the NEC

Those of you who will be attending the Commercial Vehicle Show at the NEC on the 12th and the 14th should check out Mercedes-Benz’s display showcasing their idea of the future of commercial transport. The company’s message is that “saving the planet need not cost the Earth,” clearly signifying its dedication to producing cleaner and more environmentally-friendly commercial vans and trucks for the future. To give you a taste of things to come at the show, the Vito E-CELL, the world’s first ever battery-powered van to be mass-produced in one of Mercedes-Benz’s mainstream manufacturing plants, will be up for display in two forms—completely built up from top to bottom and… Continue Reading »

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Introducing: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Grand Edition

Sometimes, it can be pretty interesting to see automobile manufacturers that fuse some of the things they are known for. In Mercedes-Benz’s case, that’s powerful luxury cars like the SLS AMG and reliable commercial vehicles like the Sprinter van. Now comes a vehicle that will fuse functionality and luxury: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Grand Edition. The Sprinter is known mostly for being a delivery van, from couriers like DHL to ice cream companies such as Haagen-Dazs. It’s different with this new Grand Edition, which is more like a luxury mobile office space. The custom-build trim contains deluxe captain’s chairs, a couple of 32-inch LCD TVs, an audio amplifier, a sliding sofa… Continue Reading »

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