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Daimler sends fleet to Japan for disaster relief assistance

Daimler has already sent at least 2 million euro worth of cash donation to Japan in order to help with relief efforts after the quake and tsunami disaster that hit the country. Now, the company has decided to amp up the support for victims by sending 50 vehicles worth almost 4 million euro to Nippon Foundation, the Japanese aid organization that is responsible for spearheading rebuilding activities in disaster-struck areas in Japan. The main role that the vehicles are going to play is in giving support assistance to clean-up operations being undertaken in the country’s northeastern region. That area is where the tsunami struck the hardest and did the most… 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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Custom Zetros Pair Ordered for Hunting Use

A couple of business men located in Mongolia recently placed an order for two matching customized Mercedes-Benz Zetros extreme off-road trucks. Guess what they’ll be using the pair of 6-wheel-drive trucks for? Hunting. These two guys seem to be looking for extreme game, hence the need for extreme gear like these souped-up Zetros units. They don’t just go for simple poaching, they hunt wolves. Wolves! They even have an eagle with them. The Zetros trucks act as RVs for the hunters, with features you expect from private jets and luxury yachts. There’s a full kitchen, living room, bed room, and a fully-furnished bathroom. The rides have also been provided topnotch… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Launches BharatBenz Trucks In India

It seems that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler is looking at India with new vigor. Following its relaunch of the Maybach ultraluxury brand and the introduction of the G-Class with the AMG G55, Daimler has launched an excusive brand of trucks labeled BharatBenz for the Indian market. Says Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, “We are sending a clear message with our new truck brand: Daimler is at home in India. Our BharatBenz trucks are the right combination of Daimler’s DNA and India’s market know-how. These trucks will be developed and built in India, for India, and by specialist employees from India.” Bharat means India in… Continue Reading »

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Daimler And Kamaz Sign Axle Deal

German manufacturer Daimler and Kamaz of Russia continue their cozy relationship with the signing of  a new agreement. The signing of an additional Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Russian partner Kamaz has prompted Daimler to quip that the partnership is “all milk and honey” after last week’s signing. In the new deal, Daimler will supply axles for the trucks produced by the Mercedes-Benz Trucks Vostok joint venture. Daimler will also supply axles as well as components for non-drive front axle systems and one- and two-stage rear drive axle systems. This development will follow in the future if all goes according to plan. Daimler Trucks procurement and global powertrain operations manager… Continue Reading »

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Atego crowned king of trucks at IAA

Which is the International Motor Show (IAA) Commercial Vehicle’s Truck of the Year 2011? None other than the Mercedes-Benz Atego of course. This 12-ton heap of German engineering perfection bagged the most votes for it to win the prestigious award of being crowned the big daddy of all commercial vehicles. Around 23 automotive journalists from all over the world were on hand to witness the awarding ceremony and saw the Atego win in all its splendor. The Atego is an extremely versatile truck for both short and long-distance services. The series-built Atego 1222 EEV BlueTec Hybrid is even better. Apart from pioneering hybrid technology into commercial vehicles, it now offers… Continue Reading »

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Daimler Trucks recovering from 2009 economic turmoil

If you think big time premium vehicle manufacturers such as Daimler and Mercedes-Benz couldn’t possibly be affected by economic downturns, think again. Nothing can be farther from the truth, especially during the later half of 2009 when Daimler Trucks had their greatest fallback. During that period of slow growth, however, the Chinese market kept resiliently alive. Of course, things have changed ever since the new year came. Now, sales figures of Daimler Trucks have so far been a lot better than the previous year, around 30 percent more than in 2009. The division is even expecting as much as EUR1 billion in sales for this year alone. Even in other… Continue Reading »

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