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Mercedes-Benz Showed the Least Recall Rate in the US Says Research

A 30-year study that focused on the safety of vehicles in the US revealed that Mercedes-Benz had the lowest recorded recall rate. According to Reuters, the research was conducted by a Woburn, Massachusetts-based firm called iSeeCars. The study reviewed 15 major automakers operating in the US. The methodology of the long-term study compared the number of vehicles recalled from 1985 to 2014 with the number of cars sold within 1980 to 2013. Based on the data, Mercedes-Benz recalls vehicles at a rate of 0.41. That means Mercedes recalls 41 vehicles for every 100 units sold. Trailing behind Mercedes-Benz on the list is Mazda at a rate of 0.55. Third is… Continue Reading »

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Ford, Nissan, And Daimler Forged Fuel Cell Technology Development Agreement

An agreement was forged by three major auto manufacturers recently that will result to a common fuel cell system. The system will be used for upcoming zero-emission vehicles. The release of reasonably-priced, hydrogen-powered, mass market vehicles within five-years-time is the main goal of the agreement between Ford, Nissan and Daimler. It also aims to set global component standards. An equal investment will be given by Ford Motor Company, Nissan Motor Company, and Daimler, which will minimize expenses in the development of the technology. This is made possible by optimizing a common design and taking advantage of the economies of scale. The joint statement by the three manufacturers serves to support… Continue Reading »

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Groundbreaking for Mercedes-Benz/Infiniti Tennessee Plant

We’ve known about the partnership between Daimler and Renault – Nissan for some time now, but it is only today that we get very concrete reminders of the cooperation that involves engine- and technology-sharing between the automakers—the two have just concluded the groundbreaking for a new engine-manufacturing plant in Decherd, Tennessee. While there have been no details as to exactly which engines will be produced in the Tennessee plant, it has been disclosed that these would likely be four-cylinder engines that would be accessible to both automakers, perhaps something similar to the 1.8-liter turbo used in the current C250. Of course, three-cylinders for use in Mercedes-Benz vehicles and 6-cylinders for… Continue Reading »

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Daimler and Nissan Looking at Creating a Plant in Mexico

Nissan and Daimler are finishing up plans to have a plant in Mexico which will cost a round $1 billion. With Nissan taking care of the construction cost and Daimler will take the capital of operating the facility. According to AutoNews.com, the plant should be producing around 200,000 vehicles and will start its operations in the first half of 2014. Nissan spokesperson said, “We have made no announcements concerning adding manufacturing capacity in Mexico and have nothing further to add at this time.” Even Daimler have not commented on the plans. There’s one thing that David Reuters said though, “Nissan continues to grow throughout the world and in order to… Continue Reading »

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Rumor: Daimler and Renault-Nissan Planning an Engine Plant?

According to a report from the Financial Times Germany, Daimler and Renault-Nissan are looking for a plant site in North America. And that plant will produce engines made and designed by the two companies. Daimler added 2.4 billion dollars in the Tuscaloosa plant, creating 1,400 new jobs. Meanwhile, Infiniti (Nissan) will also build a new plant in Tennessee in 2012. By now, they are producing the QX SUV in Mississippi, which goes to prove that the two car companies are investing heavily on their US plants, thus it would be no surprise if the engine project will be made in any of these facilities. As of now though, Daimler has… Continue Reading »

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Planned Nissan-based Smart Four-door Scrapped

While there are a bunch of projects in the works that will showcase the partnership between Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, it looks like the smart brand won’t have anything to do with the Japanese automobile manufacturer. According to a report by Automotive News, the smart/Nissan collaboration is off—meaning the two companies will scrap the planned four-door smart model based on a platform from Nissan. This news, coupled with the recent negotiations of Penske Automotive Group relinquishing distribution and marketing of the smart line in the United States to Mercedes-Benz USA, has some people thinking that we could be seeing the last of smart in America. Roger Penske, head of PAG, was… Continue Reading »

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Smart five-door to take cues from the Nissan Micra

You all know that there’s a partnership going on between Daimler and Nissan. What you probably didn’t know is that their partnership has already bore fruit, in the form of the an artwork by light-car specialist Smart as a brand new member of their fleet. The company also went so far as to confirm that their latest car will be based on a platform by Nissan, but kept from revealing any more details. You’re guess is as good as ours, while some reports say that it’s probably going to be based on the up-and-coming 2011 Nissan Micra five-door. This is good news, especially since Smart plans to produce the concept… Continue Reading »

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