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Daimler Trucks Growing its Business in Asia and Africa Through MFTBC and DICV

In order to get stronger results from its commercial vehicles division, Daimler has been working hard to establish itself in new growth markets, particularly in Asia and Africa. Key here is Daimler Trucks’ “Asia Business Model” that allows it to gain traction through ‘stronger bundling and optimization’ of operations within the region. Important facilities within the region are major contributors to the division’s growth. Among these facilities are the Kawasaki, Japan-based Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), as well as the Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) facility in Chennai, India. Daimler Trucks has a 2015 target of 500,000 units sold for that year, and a loftier 2020 target of… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz Dubs Euro VI-Compliant Truck Line the ‘A-Team’

In a recent media article, Mercedes-Benz referred to its new Euro VI-compliant heavy-duty truck line as the ‘A-Team’, which actually started in 2011. After continued refinements and constant development, the three truck models, the Actros, Antos, and Arocs (pictured), are now fully compliant with the emissions standard. That’s something that Daimler and Mercedes-Benz Trucks is counting on to further grow its Europe-leading 23 percent market share in 2012. Whether the ‘A-Team’ refers to the fact that the names of the trucks all start with an ‘A’ or to the fictional group of soldiers of fortune featured in a Mr. T-bannered TV series in the mid-80’s and in a 2010 film… Continue Reading »


Euro VI-compliant Mercedes-Benz Atego Truck Makes Debut

There’s a full nine months before the Euro VI emissions standards are imposed in Europe. This marks the conclusion of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ initiative to get Euro VI-compliant trucks out into the market. With its new Medium Duty Engine Generation platform and Blue Efficiency Power technology, the Atego achieves total compliance with Euro VI regulations. The platform comes with SCR systems, diesel particulate filters, and exhaust gas recirculation. Aside from that tech, there’s also a freshly engineered interior for the trucks as well as an ESP system and automated transmissions. Mercedes-Benz Trucks started its initiative off with the Actros in 2011, followed by the heavy-duty Antos in 2012 and the construction-type Arocs… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz Arocs: Construction Specialist

Operators and contractors in the construction sector can look forward to the launch of the Mercedes-Benz Arocs, a new line of trucks and tractors that should meet a wide array of needs. With 16 different output variants—from 238 horsepower all the way through to 625 horsepower—and configurations of 2 to 4 axles, the Arocs range is designed to diversify. Aside from providing a range suitable for different applications, the Arocs are also designed to meet Euro VI emissions standards, thanks in part to the BlueTec 6 engines. The trucks also come with PowerShift 3 as a standard feature—a first for Mercedes-Benz for its construction vehicles. The Arocs will come with… Continue Reading »


Mercedes-Benz Under Fire for Alleged Competition Violation

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading is probing Mercedes-Benz as well as five dealers in England, Wales, and Scotland that sell the Daimler marque’s trucks for alleged violations of competition law, occuring between 2007 and 2010. The allegations involve the sharing of sensitive commercial information as well as pricing coordination between and among the dealerships. “We have reason to believe that these dealers cooperated to limit competition in their areas,” said OFT senior director Ali Nikpay. The officer added that those involved will get “full opportunity to respond to our statement before we decide whether competition law has in fact been infringed.” Here’s more from the OFT statement: “The precise… Continue Reading »


Daimler Trucks NA Posts GHG 14 Compliance

As a Mercedes owner, you may not care about the excellent trucks that the Daimler group also offers around the world. But as tools of industry and commerce, trucks are indispensable. They also consume considerably more resources to operate in terms of tires, lubricants and fuel. So Daimler should justifiably be proud that the company’s trucks being sold in North America now have GHG14 certification. GHG 14 stands for Greenhouse Gas 2014, which is an EPA regulatory requirement for trucks which will be in force from 2014-2018. As its name implies, it aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for medium and heavy-duty trucks. Once fully implemented, the new GHG14 regulations… Continue Reading »


Daimler Announces Joint Venture For Trucks In China

On February 18, Daimler and Chinese partner Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. formally presented to the public their license confirming the birth of their joint venture Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd.  BFDA allows for Daimler’s commercial vehicle division to participate in the Chinese market for medium- and heavy-duty commercial trucks. With the market doubling in the last five years, this is a segment any vehicle manufacturer cannot ignore. At present, the Chinese market accounts for more than 40 percent of worldwide sales for medium- and heavy-duty trucks. Stated Andreas Renschler, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Daimler Trucks and Daimler Buses, “By founding… Continue Reading »


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