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    Mercedes-Benz to end sales of BS-IV vehicles within a few weeks
    Germany-based luxury car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz has stated that it will end the retail sales of BS-IV vehicles in India within a few weeks, according to a quote provided to ET Auto. The company has already stopped manufacturing these vehicles in India ahead of its preparation to switch completel...
    Mercedes-Benz commences battery production in Thailand
    Mercedes-Benz has started production of batteries for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV) at its Bangkok plant in Thailand, the company announced in a press release on 4 December. Mercedes-Benz and its local partners, Thonburi Automotive Assembly Plant (TAAP) and Thonburi Energy Storage Systems (TESM), h...
    05-Dec-2019 News Investments
    Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé to get plug-in hybrid engine, 48V tech and advanced air suspension
    In a press statement released on December 5th, German car maker Mercedes-Benz has brought out the latest iteration of its GLE Coupe SUV. Among other variants, the GLE Coupe is also available as a plug-in hybrid version. Powering this SUV is a 2.0 litre, 4 cylinder diesel engine that works in tandem ...
    05-Dec-2019 News New Products
    Daimler and Geely inaugurate ‘StarRides’ premium ride hailing service in China
    Daimler Mobility AG and Geely Technology Group have inaugurated their premium ride-hailing service, named StarRides, in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. According to a press release from Daimler issued on December 3rd, the 50:50 joint venture between the two companies will commence operations this mont...
    Cerence extends collaboration with Daimler for MBUX multimedia system
    Cerence has announced a ‘continued innovation and development collaboration’ with Daimler for its Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) multimedia system, a company press release dated 3 December showed. Cerence’s artificial intelligence technology powers the MBUX system. “MBUX remains one...
    Daimler, Bosch start pilot testing of self-driving taxies in US
    Daimler and Bosch have started testing their self-driving taxies in the US state of California, Automotive News Europe reported on 2 December, citing sources familiar with the matter. The two German companies have deployed a fleet of 30 automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedans equipped with a range of...
    Forecasting the implications of Euro 7 on powertrain technologies
    Introduction Governments around the world are beginning a substantial push towards a clean, zero-emissions society. While there are unquestionably challenges and obstacles to overcome in making this happen, the automotive industry is already showing its commitment to playing its part. Global t...
    Mercedes GLB comes equipped with MBUX infotainment system
    Mercedes-Benz has added the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system to the GLB compact sport utility vehicle (SUV), the German automaker said in a press release. The system features as standard two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and media display with touch screen and ha...
    29-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz partners with Chargefox for EV charging services in Australia
    Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Chargefox to offer free fast charging to EQC owners in Australia for five years, Chargefox announced in a press release on 25 November. EQC owners will have to register their vehicle details in the Chargefox app, after which owners will be able to see all of the free...
    Mercedes-Benz to equip new V-Class with MBUX multimedia system
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will integrate its MBUX infotainment system in the all-new V-Class multi-purpose van (MPV) from December 2019, a company press release dated 26 November showed. The V-Class’ MBUX operating concept will have a high-resolution, 7-inch or 10.25-inch touchscreen ...
    27-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz to launch all-electric EQC in US in early 2020
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will launch the EQC 400 4MATIC all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) in the United States in early 2020, according to a company press release on 20 November. The SUV will be priced starting at USD67,900. At launch, there will be three available tiers customers ...
    Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach, AMG models feature NVIDIA’s AI-powered MBUX infotainment system
    NVIDIA has said that Mercedes-Benz’s Maybach AMG models feature its AI-powered MBUX infotainment system, according to a company blogpost on 22 November. The latest addition takes the total number of Mercedes models equipped with MBUX to 20, including the all-electric EQC SUV. MBUX can...
    New Mercedes-Benz GLE gets 48-volt tech and eco-friendly powertrain features
    The high performance versions of the GLE-Class SUV from Mercedes-Benz, the Mercedes-AMG GLE63 and the GLE63 S, are to get electrified powertrains for increased performance figures and improved efficiency, according to a 20 November press release. The 4.0 litre, twin turbocharged V8 pe...
    21-Nov-2019 News New Products
    Daimler announces new corporate structure
    The Daimler Group has launched its previously-announced new corporate structure, effective 1 November 2019, the Germany-based automaker said in a press release. Under the new corporate structure, the group comprises parent company, Daimler AG, and three operating subsidiaries—Mercedes-Benz AG, res...
    Daimler recalls EQC all-electric sedan to fix defective bolts
    Daimler is recalling some new Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicles over a potentially defective bolt in the differential, according to a Reuters report on 30 October citing the company. Significance: In certain EQC vehicles, the bolt in the front axle differential transmission might not meet durab...
    31-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Low emissions zones and their impact on powertrain development
    A study by the European Union (EU) in 2017 states that cars are responsible for around 12% of total carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions in the EU. By 2021, under the emission reduction targets planned by the EU, all new cars must achieve an average of 95 grams of CO₂ emissions per kilometer. This mea...
    BMW is open for new partner in mobility services business, says CEO Oliver Zipse
    BMW is open to the idea of additional partners joining its mobility services venture which the carmaker runs with Daimler, the company’s new CEO Oliver Zipse told a local newspaper. “We would like to welcome additional partners in this area, which has great future potential,” Zipse told Frankf...
    Mercedes-Benz launches all-electric EQC in South Korea
    Mercedes-Benz has launched the all-electric EQC sport utility vehicle (SUV) in South Korea, The Korea Herald reported on 21 October, citing the carmaker. The SUV has been priced starting at KRW105 million (USD89 million). Mercedes-Benz has also introduced its premium charging services and has expand...
    Iberdrola and Mercedes-Benz partner for EV charging infrastructure in Spain
    Iberdrola and Mercedes-Benz have partnered for setting up electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in Spain, Iberdrola announced in a press release on 3 October. Under the agreement, Mercedes-Benz will include Iberdrola's mobility solutions—home/company and public charging—in the marketing ...
    Mercedes-Benz to conduct pilot test in Germany to evaluate how safety on slippery roads can be improved using car-to-X
    Mercedes Benz has tied up with the district of Zollernalb in Germany to test safety on slippery roads during winter using ‘car-to-X’ technology, the automaker said on 9 October. The test will also monitor and suggest how the efficiency of municipal winter services can be improved. The pilot test...
    Daimler recalls 594 vehicles in US over issue with seat head restraint
    Daimler is recalling 594 vehicles in the United States over an issue with a seat head restraint, according to a recall notice on the website of the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The recall covers model year (MY) 2019 Metris vehicles. Significance: In the affected vehicl...
    03-Oct-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz announces plan to offer connected car features in India in three phases
    Mercedes-Benz India has said the launch of connected car features ‘Mercedes me connect’ in three phases, according to a company press release. The Mercedes me Adapter will be launched in phase 1. The Mercedes me Adapter app includes 14 unique features such as vehicle health, online appointmen...
    03-Oct-2019 News New Products
    Irreversible diesel declines or “safe haven” market opportunities?
    Diesel, as a choice of fuel for light duty vehicle powertrains, has globally witnessed a fall in demand since 2016. IHS Markit forecasts the production of diesel powertrains will decline globally by about 3% in the period 2018-25. One of the key regions that will lower the global count will be Europ...
    IAA 2019: Daimler showcases updated smart EQ fortwo and EQ forfour all-electric models
    Daimler has showcased the updated versions of smart EQ fortwo and EQ forfour all-electric models at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release earlier this month. The display includes new smart fortwo coupé, cabrio and forfour models. All models get a similar motor ...
    17-Sep-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: Mercedes-Benz showcases plug-in hybrid GLE and GLC SUVs
    Mercedes-Benz is showcasing its plug-in hybrid versions of GLE and GLC sport utility vehicles (SUV) at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, the company announced in a press release on 9 September. The GLE 350 de 4MATIC is powered by 2L 4-cylinder diesel engine and a 100kW electric motor, which togethe...
    16-Sep-2019 News New Products
    IAA 2019: Mercedes-Benz Vans showcases all-electric EQV
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has showcased its all-electric multi purpose vehicle (MPV) ‘EQV’ at the 2019 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show, according to a company press release on 11 September. The van is equipped with a 90kWh battery which will give the van a range of 405 kilometers. The lithium-ion battery is i...
    12-Sep-2019 News New Products
    Daimler to source battery cells from Farasis Energy
    Daimler has reached an agreement to source battery cells for its electric vehicles (EV) from Chinese supplier Farasis Energy, Reuters reported on 10 September. Farasis is currently building a battery cell factory in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, in Saxony-Anhalt region, Germany, to help the automaker ramp up i...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 1,818 units of C-Class in Canada over issue with 12-volt battery mounting bracket
    Mercedes-Benz has recalled 1,818 C-Class cars in Canada to replace the mounting bracket of their 12-volt starter battery, according to a recall notice on the website of Transport Canada last month. The recall affects model years (MY) 2018 and 2019 C-Class vehicles. Significance: In the affec...
    05-Sep-2019 News Recalls
    Additive manufacturing progressing from rapid prototyping to series production
    The automotive industry is gradually adopting additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in its design and manufacturing strategies. The technology offers potential benefits such as innovative designs, lighter and safer products, shorter lead times, and lower cost. However, there are st...
    Daimler confirms next-generation Citan will get electric version
    Daimler has confirmed that the next generation of Citan van will include an electric variant as well, according to a company press release on 23 August. The new Citan will be developed in cooperation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi. "The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clea...
    27-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Varroc: Focus on improving vision with safety and style
    Vehicle headlights are shifting from conventional bulb headlamps to high-resolution matrix headlights that focus on enhancing safety through various sensors. Most of the safety concerns, such as blind-spot and forward-collision warnings and avoidance, have diminished with the use of cameras and adva...
    Vehicle dynamics: From motorsports to customized driving
    The concept of vehicle dynamics has not only shaped the way a car drives on a fundamental level, but also has indirectly made consumers aware and more willing to spend for comfort and handling when choosing a car. Premium OEMs have been the champions of developing cars with more improved vehicle dyn...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 911 GLE Class vehicles in Australia over issue with air conditioning systems drain hoses
    Mercedes-Benz has recalled 911 units of GLE Class vehicles in Australia due to faulty air conditioning systems drain hoses, according to a notice by Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) on 21 August. The vehicles affected were sold between 1 February 2019 and 9 August 2019. ...
    22-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz Vans unveils all-electric EQV MPV
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has unveiled its all-electric multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) EQV, the company announced in a press release on 20 August. The van is equipped with a 90kWh battery and will have a range of 405 kilometers.  EQV will have a peak power output of 150 kW. It also gets a rapid charging ...
    21-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz to offer plug-in hybrid variants of A- and B-Class
    Mercedes-Benz is now offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain in A 250 e, A 250 e Saloon and B 250 e models, the company announced in a press release on 19 August. While Mercedes-Benz has started taking orders for A 250 e and A 250 e Saloon, sale of the B 250 e will start a few weeks later. Ma...
    20-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Daimler extends in-car delivery service pilot to German city Berlin
    Daimler has extended its in-car delivery service pilot called “chark” to Berlin, Germany, after running it successfully in Stuttgart (also in Germany) earlier this year, the company said in a press release. The project allows drivers of Mercedes-Benz cars and the V-Class of model year 2015 and n...
    19-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Balancing aerodynamic performance and cooling efficiency using AGS
    Active aerodynamics and the art of manipulating airflow Modern automotive aerodynamics is more complex than just creating a vehicle with the lowest coefficient of drag (Cd). Cd of a vehicle is a dimensionless number that determines how much air resistance a moving vehicle encounters. Therefore, ...
    IAA 2019: Mercedes-Benz to showcase plug-in hybrid models
    Mercedes-Benz is planning to showcase its new plug-in hybrid models at the upcoming 2019 IAA Frankfurt in September, the company announced on 8 August. Mercedes-Benz did not reveal further details about the vehicle. The automaker will also showcase the all-electric EQV van. Significance: The...
    09-Aug-2019 News New Products
    Daimler commits more investment in Romanian ride-sharing app Clevertaxi
    Clever Tech, a Romania-based company behind ride-sharing app Clevertaxi, has received a capital boost of RON14.3 million (USD3.4 million) from Daimler, according to Profit.ro. The latest investment in Clevertaxi comes after just two months when the German automotive group invested RON 13.6 million. ...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 302 vehicles in China over issue with catalytic converter
    Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 302 vehicles in China due to a defective catalytic converter, China Daily reported on 5 August, citing China's market regulator. Vehicles impacted by the recall include imported GLE and GLS manufactured between February 29, 2016 and October 16, 2018. The recall ...
    07-Aug-2019 News Recalls
    Daimler, Bosch receive approval for automated valet parking service in Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart
    Daimler and Bosch have received regulatory approval from the competent authorities in Baden-Württemberg, Germany, for an automated valet parking service in Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, the automotive supplier said in a press release today. The automated valet service can be accessed via a sma...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 659 vehicles in US over driveshaft separation risk
    Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), the US subsidiary of the Germany automaker Daimler, will recall 659 units of model year 2016-2017 AMG GTS in the United States over a driveshaft separation risk, according to the National Highways Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). In affected vehicles, the bonding bet...
    16-Jul-2019 News Recalls
    Daimler introduces eVito Tourer all-electric van in Berlin’s on-demand public transport service BerlKönig
    Daimler has introduced its eVito Tourer all-electric van in the on-demand public transport service ‘BerlKönig’ in Berlin, according to a company press release on 5 July. ‘BerlKönig’ is operating 19 eVito vans in the city. "As part of Mercedes-Benz Vans developing into a provider of ho...
    09-Jul-2019 News New Products
    Suppliers to the new Mercedes Benz A-Class
    The fourth generation Mercedes Benz A-Class is assembled at Daimler’s facility in Rastatt, Germany. According to IHS Markit production forecasts, output of the new generation Mercedes Benz A-Class from the plant is expected to peak in 2019 at more than 91,600 units. If you would like your c...
    BMW, Daimler formally sign agreement for cooperation in automated driving
    BMW and Daimler have formally signed a long-term strategic cooperation agreement for automated driving, the two automakers said in a joint press release on 4 July. Under the cooperation agreement, the two German partners will focus on joint development of next-generation technologies for advanced dr...
    China 6 emission legislation
    To address air pollution problems in China, the country’s regulatory bodies are working toward swiftly adopting more stringent protocols to reduce harmful automotive emissions and fuel consumption. In December 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Ecology and Environment put forward the final version of i...
    Key automakers, suppliers jointly publish first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles
    A group of 11 automakers and suppliers have come forward to publish what they claim to be the automotive industry’s first framework for development, testing, and validation of autonomous vehicles. These 11 companies—Aptiv, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Continental, Daimler, FCA, HERE, Infineon, Intel, and V...
    Ride-hailing app mytaxi becomes FREE NOW
    Daimler’s ride-hailing app mytaxi has become FREE NOW, according to a press release by mytaxi on 2 July. The ride-hailing company also announced its plans to add more mobility options to the app in the future. To start with, FREE NOW has decided to integrate hive scooters into the app in the marke...
    Daimler opens new testing facility for electromagnetic compatibility and antenna systems in Germany
    Daimler has opened a new testing facility for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and radio frequency (RF) antenna systems at its Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre (MTC) in Sindelfingen, Germany, the company said in a press release on 1 July. The testing facility features a new reverberation chamber t...
    02-Jul-2019 News Investments
    Mercedes-Benz offers ‘Thermotronic’ climate-control system in new GLS
    Mercedes-Benz has announced that it will offer its new ‘Thermotronic’ climate-control system in the new GLS, according to a company press release on 24 June. The luxury sport utility vehicle (SUV) will come with Thermotronic four-zone climate control system as standard and Thermotronic five-zone...
    26-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Daimler to recall 60,000 diesel vehicles in Germany over emissions
    Daimler is planning to recall 60,000 diesel cars in Germany over emission cheat software, Automotive News Europe reported on 23 June. The recall is for Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 sport utility vehicles (SUV) produced between 2012 and 2015. Significance: Daimler issued the recall after the German regul...
    24-Jun-2019 News Recalls
    New Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV features MBUX infotainment system
    Mercedes-Benz has equipped its new GLS full-size SUV with its next-generation ‘Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX)’ infotainment system, according to a press release by Daimler. The new infotainment system features two large 12.3-inch touchscreens, placed next to each other, offering a widescre...
    24-Jun-2019 News New Products
    BorgWarner supplies R2S turbocharger for Mercedes-Benz's 4-cylinder diesel engine
    BorgWarner is supplying its regulated two-stage (R2S®) turbocharging system to Mercedes-Benz for its new four-cylinder diesel engine OM 654, the company announced in a press release on 18 June. The turbocharging system has been designed to help the engine meet the Euro 6d TEMP emission standard. Th...
    Daimler begins testing of in-car delivery service in Germany
    Daimler has started testing its in-car delivery service for parked cars called “chark” in Stuttgart, Germany, the automaker said in a press release on 14 June. The trial will allow around 500 owners of Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the greater Stuttgart area to get delivery of their online purchases...
    Mercedes-Benz's offers all new cars with Euro 6d-TEMP standard compliance
    Mercedes-Benz has said that all its cars now comply with the Euro 6d-TEMP standard as a minimum, according to a company press release on 12 June. Mercedes-Benz also informed that some of its passenger car models are already compliant with stricter Euro 6d standard which will not come into effect bef...
    Advantages of twin-scroll turbocharger
    Turbocharged engines of the past have perennially suffered from ‘lag’, a delay in response to a driver input request for increased performance by way of an accelerator pedal depression. This occurs as a result of the time taken for the turbocharger to ‘spool up’ (exhaust gas impeller to incr...
    Mercedes-Benz offers next generation 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines in GLC and GLC Coupé
    Mercedes-Benz is set to offer the new GLC sport utility vehicle (SUV) and GLC Coupé with the next generation 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, the company announced in a press release on 8 June. The petrol variants of GLC and GLC Coupé will be equipped with 48 volt mild-hybrid system and parti...
    11-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Daimler develops new Mercedes-AMG 4-cylinder engine
    Daimler has developed a new ‘M 139’ 2L 4-cylinder engine for Mercedes-AMG models, the company announced in a press release on 7 June. The engine will come in two variants, the S-model and the basic version. The S-model engine produces a maximum of 421 hp and 500 Nm of peak torque. The basic vers...
    10-Jun-2019 News New Products
    New exterior design language
    Every vehicle has a unique identification in terms of design, performance, and features. From a design perspective, it includes interior and exterior lighting systems—the most recognizable elements on a new model. Premium vehicles, such as those of Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz, have simple brand d...
    Moovel launches new ride-sharing service MyShuttle in German city Ettlingen
    Moovel has partnered with the transport association Karlsruher Verkehrsverbund (KVV) and Regionalbusverkehr Südwest (RVS) to launch an on-demand ride-sharing service MyShuttle in Ettlingen, Baden-Württemberg in Germany, the company said on 6 June. MyShuttle will use mini-electric buses that w...
    07-Jun-2019 News New Products
    Daimler, BMW, Ford, Volvo and others to test Car-to-X technology
    Daimler, BMW, Ford and Volvo Cars have joined forces with HERE Technologies and TomTom and transport authorities in six European countries to test car-to-everything (Car-to-X) communication technology in the Netherlands, Daimler said in a press release on 3 June. These project partners signed a Memo...
    Suspension technology in an autonomous world
    According to IHS Markit, nearly USD100 billion has been spent over the last four years on core development and M&A activities in the autonomous vehicle sector. This creates a significant potential opportunity for component system manufacturers in the long term. However, while automotive stakehol...
    Telenav powers map function in Mercedes-Benz’s rear seat entertainment system
    Telenav will power mapping functions for the Mercedes-Benz COMAND Touch app that remotely controls the COMAND rear seat entertainment system in Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the company said in a press release on 28 May. The feature will allow passengers in eligible Mercedes-Benz vehicles to view navigati...
    29-May-2019 News New Products
    5GAA holds live demo of C-V2X communications in Berlin
    The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) held a live demonstration event in Berlin (Germany) last week to showcase progress in cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) communications, the association said in a press release on 23 May. The event was participated by 5GAA members including BMW, Daimler, Ford...
    Ride-hailing app Kapten wins approval to launch service in London
    Kapten, the French ride-hailing app formerly called “Chauffeur Prive,” has won approval from Transport for London (TfL) to operate its private hire vehicle (PHV) service in the capital city of the United Kingdom, Reuters reported on 16 May. The company’s ride-hailing service is expected t...
    Mercedes-Benz expects PEVs to constitute 50% of its car sales by 2030
    Mercedes-Benz is expecting plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) sales to account for 50% of its total car sales by 2030, the company announced in a press release on 13 May. Mercedes-Benz also said that over the next 20 years it aims to have a carbon-neutral new passenger car fleet. ”Let’s be clear wha...
    Mercedes-Benz all-electric van Concept EQV completes first trip
    Mercedes-Benz’s new all-electric van Concept EQV has completed its first public drive to Barcelona, the company announced in a press release on 9 May. The Concept EQV was showcased at the port of Barcelona. Significance: Mercedes-Benz had first showcased the ‘Concept EQV’ at the 2019 Geneva...
    10-May-2019 News New Products
    Mercedes-Benz starts production of EQC all-electric SUV
    Mercedes-Benz has commenced production of its all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) EQC at the Mercedes-Benz Bremen plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 6 May. Mercedes-Benz has also opened bookings for EQC. Prices for the Mercedes-Benz EQC start from EUR71,281 (USD79,801...
    07-May-2019 News New Products
    Role of lighting system in V2X structure
    Lighting serves as a communication medium between humans and cars and will continue to serve as long as human and vehicles coexist on the same roads. Even self-driving vehicles need light to make sure people see and understand cars for better road safety. In the automotive industry, the move...
    Mercedes-Benz plans to launch all-electric compact SUV EQB in China in 2021
    In a press release on 16 April, Mercedes-Benz confirmed that is developing an all-electric compact sport utility vehicle (SUV) ‘EQB’ which will be available in China from 2021 onwards. However, Mercedes-Benz has disclosed no further details of the SUV. Significance: The compact SUV is ex...
    25-Apr-2019 News New Products
    New-generation Mercedes-Benz GLS SUV features multibeam LED headlamps
    Mercedes-Benz’s new GLS luxurious sport utility vehicle (SUV) features multibeam LED headlamps as standard, according to a company press release on 17 April. The model includes a total of 112 LEDs per headlamp. “These produce the maximum light intensity permitted by law, which results in the bri...
    22-Apr-2019 News New Products
    New Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé features optional Multibeam LED headlight
    The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé features optional multibeam LED headlight, which self-adjusts to the traffic situation and helps improve visibility in all conditions, the automaker announced in a press release on 17 April. LED High Performance headlamps are a further option. As standard, the new C...
    18-Apr-2019 News New Products
    Daimler partners with Sila Nanotechnologies for advanced lithium-ion battery material
    Daimler has acquired a minor stake in Sila Nanotechnologies to form a partnership for developing advanced lithium-ion battery technologies, Daimler announced in a press release on 16 April. The partnership between Daimler and Sila Nanotechnologies is to develop new battery materials for higher perfo...
    Daimler, Bury, ask EU antitrust regulators to probe Nokia patents to car communications
    German electronics firm Bury has asked European Union (EU) antitrust regulators to investigate Nokia’s licensing practice on patents related to car communications, Reuters reported on 9 April. “Nokia refuses to license mobile components. Instead, Nokia insists on indirect licensing of the entire...
    2019 Geneva Motor Show: Lightweight, high-performance chassis component technology, platform sharing gain traction
    Geneva International Motor Show (GIMS) is the first big car show for the year for the European automotive market. Showcases pointed to a renewed product focus on performance and sports cars, as well as high-end SUVs. This trend has been visible across other global shows this year, such as 2019 NAIAS...
    HD Maps – Competitive Landscape
    Introduction Technology companies are taking their mapping and localization efforts to the next level to support the growing development of autonomous driving technologies. This has resulted in the integration of next-generation maps, known as HD maps, into semi- and fully-autonomous vehicles. HD...
    Daimler breaks ground for new battery plant in Germany
    Daimler has started construction of a new battery factory at its Untertürkheim plant in Germany, the company announced in a press release on 5 April. The new 12,000-square meter plant will start production at the end of 2020 and will manufacture batteries for electric vehicles (EV) under Mercedes-B...
    08-Apr-2019 News Investments
    High Definition lighting systems
    Since the introduction of LED technology, the lighting industry is exploring ways in multiple directions, and three are particularly important. The first is design and styling, which influence the construction of a lighting system. Second, energy efficiency solutions, which are redefining lighting p...
    Euro 7: Legislative time frame and parameters
    Each stage of emission and fuel economy regulations and standardization of robust compliance testing procedures has consistently led to further advancement in powertrain technology. Particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions have fallen by more than 95% between Euro 1 and Euro 6 stan...
    Daimler, Geely form JV to own, operate and further develop smart as premium EV maker
    Daimler and Geely will form a new joint venture (JV) in China to own, operate and develop ‘smart’ as a premium electric vehicle (EV) brand, Daimler announced in a press release today (28 March). The 50:50 JV will assemble a new generation of smart electric models at a purpose-built electric car ...
    Daimler, NewMotion partner to offer intelligent EV charging solutions for fleets
    Daimler and NewMotion have partnered to offer intelligent electric vehicle (EV) charging solutions for fleet customers, Daimler announced in a press release on 20 March. The partnership will allow Daimler to offer tailor-made solutions for all charging requirements, including advice and installation...
    Mercedes-Benz recalls 341 vehicles in Australia over issue with seat belt
    Mercedes-Benz is recalling 341 vehicles in Australia to fix an issue with a seat belt, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) said last week. The recall affects certain cars in model year 2018-2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class. The affected vehicles may mistakenly ...
    26-Mar-2019 News Recalls
    Mercedes-Benz Vans completes final winter testing of eSprinter electric van in Sweden
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has completed the final winter testing of all-electric eSprinter in Arjeplog, Sweden, the company announced in a press release on 22 March. The eSprinter van was tested in temperatures as low as -30ºC with icy roads and deep snow. Under the extreme cold condition testing, Me...
    25-Mar-2019 News New Products
    Geneva Motor Show 2019 : Material sector insights
    The Geneva Motor Show 2019 was tracked extensively by IHS Markit, not only in terms of important OEM launch developments but also from the point of view of the supply chain and technology trends that the show offered. With analysts on the ground covering the show, there were many insights that could...
    Mercedes-AMG to add PHEV variant to all its models
    Mercedes-Benz’s performance sub-brand Mercedes-AMG will offer a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) variant of all its models in the future, Autocar reported on 14 March citing Frank Overmeyer, Mercedes’ head of external affairs for emissions. The PHEV variants of Mercedes-AMG will be equipped with performanc...
    Mercedes-Benz Vans launches intelligent Remote eCharging feature for eVito
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced an ‘Remote eCharging’ feature for it all-electric eVito, the company announced in a press release on 7 March. The feature allows owners to set the temperature in the vehicle interior before they even start their journey. Mercedes-Benz Vans has also introduced th...
    Geneva Motor Show 2019: Mercedes-Benz showcases all-electric van 'Concept EQV'
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has showcased an all-electric van ‘Concept EQV’ at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland, according to a company press release on 5 March. The van has a range of up to 400 kilometres and rapid charging for a range of up to 100 kilometres in just 15 minutes. Mercedes said t...
    06-Mar-2019 News New Products
    Daimler signs license agreement with Swiss cybersecurity and IoT company WISeKey
    WISeKey has entered a permanent license agreement with Daimler to provide certain components of its ISTANA PKI (public key infrastructure) platform, the Switzerland-based cybersecurity specialist said in a press release last week. WISeKey’s ISTANA PKI platform, launched in December 2017, allows au...
    05-Mar-2019 News New Products
    German carmakers to invest EUR60 billion in electric cars and automated driving, says VDA
    German carmakers will invest around EUR60 billion (USD68 billion) over the next three years on electric cars and automated driving, Reuters quoted Bernhard Mattes, president of the car industry association VDA, as saying ahead of the Geneva Motor Show, last week. “We will invest over EUR40 billion...
    Mercedes-Benz Vans equips Vito van with new 4-cylinder diesel engine
    Mercedes-Benz Vans has equipped its Vito Tourer van with new 4-cylinder diesel engine ‘OM 654’, the company announced in a press release on 1 March. The base variant engine will deliver 136 hp and 330 Nm of torque with combined fuel consumption of 7-5.8 liter per 100 kilometer and combined CO2 e...
    car2go, DriveNow merge services to operate under Share Now
    Daimler and BMW have merged their respective car-sharing businesses, car2go and DriveNow, under new corporate bran ShareNow, car2go said in a press release on 28 February. The combined business now operates a fleet of more 20,000 BMW, MINI, Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, available in 30 cities ac...
    Development of energy efficient lighting solution for battery vehicles
    The automotive industry is undergoing a radical transformation driven by four key trends: electrification, autonomous driving, sharing, and connected cars. Interconnected development of these trends is already visible, but their full deployment is moving slowly. However, push by government to promot...
    Mercedes-Benz launches AMG GLE 53 with 48-volt system
    Mercedes-Benz has launched its AMG GLE 53 performance sport utility vehicle (SUV) with a 48-volt system, the company announced in a press release on 27 February. The SUV is equipped with a 3L six-cylinder in-line engine that produces 429 hp of power, 520 Nm of torque, and features turbocharging and ...
    01-Mar-2019 News New Products
    BMW, Daimler sign MOU to jointly develop autonomous driving technologies
    BMW and Daimler have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on joint development of autonomous driving technologies, the two Germany-based automakers said in a press release today (28 February). Initially, the two partners will focus on developing next generation of technologies f...
    Mercedes-Benz conducts winter testing of EQC electric SUV
    Mercedes-Benz is conducting the winter testing of its first all-electric sport utility vehicle (SUV) EQC in Arjeplog, Sweden, the company announced in a press release on 22 February. The testing is to check the thermal management of the battery and interior, recharging in cold conditions and handlin...
    Daimler’s software start-up MBition moves to new center in Berlin
    MBiton GmbH, a start-up 100% owned by Daimler, has moved to a new center in Berlin, Germany, the automaker said in a press release on 21 February. The company, with a team of 200 software specialists, is developing software solutions for the entire vehicle, from navigation to location-based services...
    25-Feb-2019 News Investments
    BMW, Daimler earmarks USD1.13 billion investment to grow mobility services
    BMW and Daimler have announced plans to invest EUR1 billion (USD1.13 billion) in their mobility services joint venture (JV), the two Germany-based automakers said in a press release on 22 February. The investment will be used to develop and integrate their existing offerings in car-sharing, ride-hai...
    Mercedes-Benz offers new 4-cylinder diesel in B-Class
    Mercedes-Benz has added a new 2L 4-cylinder diesel engine to 220d variant of the B-class, the company announced in a press release on 15 February. The new OM 654q diesel engine has an output of 140 kW (190 hp), precisely 10 kW more than the previous engine, and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. THe engine...
    Parkopedia launches parking service in Mercedes-Benz A-Class in China
    Parkopedia has started offering its parking service to Mercedes-Benz vehicles in China, the company said in a press release on 18 February. The company has started by offering its off-street parking data to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class cars. Parkopedia’s service is available in all locally-produc...
    Electrically heated catalyst
    The implementation of Real Driving Emission regulation on 1 September 2017 has tightened NOx emission regulation for vehicles with diesel powertrains registered from 1 September 2019. Moreover, new vehicles produced from January 2021 will need to adhere to Euro 6d norms. It states that if NOx confor...
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