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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 »

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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 »

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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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Mercedes Presents India-made Trucks

Aiming to further strengthen its presence in the Indian sub-continent, Mercedes has launched the BharatBenz line of commercial trucks, which are proudly made in India. According to Daimler and Mercedes Chairman Dieter Zetsche, “We would have liked to come to the country earlier but there was a slowdown. We are very clear that we want to take a leadership position in India. We have chosen a very promising product for this market.” Boasting of a volume of more than 300,000 trucks sold in recent years, India has become one of the top markets for truck manufacturers. Hence, Mercedes’ logical decision to produce locally made, Mercedes-branded commercial trucks. By March 2012,… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks NA Delivers 1,000th Natural Gas Truck

Without much fanfare, Daimler Trucks in North America has been doing its share to promote fuel and emissions efficiency. It was only the announcement that the 1,000th Freightliner truck had been delivered that made us sit up and take notice. Notably, Daimler Trucks North America is the first commercial truck manufacturer to have been able to sustain such steady volume production. It’s indicative of the fact that the division’s customers have accepted natural gas as a viable and reliable substitute to the mainstream diesel fuel that normally powers such trucks. This 1,000th truck is a medium-duty Freightliner Business Class M2 112, powered by a Cummins Westport ISL G engine.  Owing… Continue Reading »

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Fuso Canter for Europe in Tramagal

Daimler truck’s best-selling model, Fuso Canter is being produced in Tramagal. Thirty countries are being served by this location and the high-quality production methods of Japan are being adapted in this plant as they are working closely with Fuso in Japan. The central production location for the Fuso Canter for Europe is in the town of Tramagal, roughly 150 km northeast of the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. The Fuso Canter, Daimler Trucks’ best-selling model, with a global production volume of over 150,000 units, is delivered to over 30 different countries from this location. The Tramagal plant is integrated into the Daimler Trucks production process and cooperates closely with Fuso in… Continue Reading »

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Daimler’s Joint Venture with Foton Got a Yes from Chinese Authorities

Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. Has got an approval from the Chinese Ministry of Commerce. This go ahead is an important step in the implementation of Daimler Trucks Global Excellence strategy and also this will allow them participation in the increase and growth of the Chinese truck market. Andreas Renschler, a member of Daimler’s Board of Management and Head of Daimler Trucks and Buses said, “This marks a milestone for the joint venture between Daimler and the Chinese truck manufacturer, Foton Motor, and for the implementation of Daimler Trucks’ worldwide strategy,” he added further, “The flexibility, persistence, patience, and intercultural understanding of both parties were decisive factors in forging… Continue Reading »

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