Mercedes-Benz do Brasil signed a contract today with the Brazilian bank BNDES for a loan in the amount of roughly €460 million. Mercedes-Benz will use these funds to expand its production capacity at the Sà£o Bernardo do Campo plant near Sà£o Paulo. Trucks, bus chassis, engines, transmissions, and axles are produced at the plant. Production capacity at the largest and most advanced production facility in Brazil will increase to 75,000 units per year. This corresponds to an increase of about 15 percent.
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The Daimler Competence Center for Emission-free Mobility at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim is currently celebrating its 15th anniversary. Since 1994, the center has enhanced numerous alternative drive systems for commercial vehicles and cars all the way to the small-series production stage. The aim of the Competence Center is to bring green technologies to market at affordable prices. Among the vehicles that Daimler is currently building at the center are the Mercedes-Benz B-Class 180 NGT, the prototypes of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class 200 NGT, which will begin series production in the fourth quarter of 2010, and the Mercedes-Benz Atego BlueTec Hybrid truck.
Daimler will acquire a 10 percent stake in the share capital of Kamaz from Troika Dialog for 250 million USD to be paid in December 2008. Another one-time payment of up to 50 million USD will be due in 2012 subject to successful business performance of Kamaz. Daimler AG will receive a seat on the Board of Directors of Russia’s largest truck manufacturer, furthermore other rights of Daimler being a minority shareholder in Kamaz, as well as its status of the exclusive strategic partner will be governed and secured by the agreement signed today.
According to the findings of development engineers at Mercedes-Benz following a fleet test conducted with a total of 1,000 Mercedes-Benz Actros trailer in 2005/2006, half of the serious truck accidents could be prevented. For the purposes of the trial, half of the trucks were equipped with the Lane Assistant, proximity control and stability control assistance systems. The number of accidents for the vehicles fitted with the safety package was shown to be halved compared to the 500 trailer with a conventional specification; furthermore, where an accident did occur, the cost of the damage was 90% lower. The results were derived based on an observation period of twelve months and a… Continue Reading »