Daimler

  • StarRides premium ride-hailing service launched in China

    German auto giant Daimler and its Chinese shareholder Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have joined forces to take on the booming ride-hailing market in China, which is currently dominated by Didi Chuxing. The two automakers on Tuesday established a 50:50 joint venture to offer various mobility services, starting with a premium ride-hailing service in the city of Hangzhou, which has a population of more than 10 million and is also home to Geely's headquarters. The service, called StarRides, will initially rely on a fleet of 100 vehicles, made of up Mercedes-Benz S-Class, E-Class and V-Class...

  • Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany
    Daimler to pay almost $1B to settle German probe into rigged diesel cars

    Daimler has been accused by German authorities of selling at least 684,000 rigged diesel cars.

  • Daimler headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany
    China's BAIC acquires 5 percent of Daimler

    By increasing its stake in Daimler, BAIC has cemented its position as a long-term partner of the German automaker.

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW and Daimler plan to have self-driving cars on sale by 2024

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler target 2024 launch for jointly developed Level 4 self-driving system.

  • Carlos Ghosn (left) and Dieter Zetsche
    Daimler reportedly to end ties with Renault Nissan, cut jobs

    Daimler will seek to end old ties and cut jobs as it looks to reduce costs in light of falling profits and increased investment required for new technologies.

  • Torc Robotics headquarters in Blacksburg, Virginia
    Daimler to bring self-driving trucks to the road with America's Torc Robotics

    The commercial vehicle arm of Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler on Friday announced it acquired a majority stake in Torc Robotics, a company based in Blacksburg, Virginia, developing self-driving systems for multiple vehicle categories, ranging from SUVs to 300-ton mining trucks. The deal, which...

  • 2019 BMW i3

    BMW and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler appear to be setting aside their decades-old rivalry for the good of cost-cutting. A new report claims the two German auto giants will pursue joint development of a platform for future electric cars. For BMW, this model is reportedly set to be called the i2, German publication Manager Magazine reported on Thursday. The new model will supposedly be built from the ground up with Daimler's cooperation and replace the current i3. Critically, the rumored i2 may also forego the i3's costly carbon fiber construction to further cut costs and ensure...

  • Daimler in-car gaming development competition
    Daimler wants your help for in-car gaming ideas

    We don't know when or if self-driving cars will take over the roadways, but it's inevitable they'll change the way we spend time in the car. Mercedes-Benz's parent company, Daimler, recognizes that massive changes are afoot and has launched a competition called the In-Car Gaming Challenge to...

  • BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
    BMW Group and Daimler partner on self-driving cars

    BMW Group and Daimler will partner on self-driving cars, the two automakers announced Thursday. The announcement follows last week's briefing on a 50:50 joint-venture company BMW and Daimler have set up to oversee all of their various mobility services under the one roof. In the area of...

  • BMW Group and Daimler merge mobility services into joint-venture company
    BMW and Daimler reveal details of joint company to target Uber, Lyft

    BMW Group and Daimler are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants announced a year ago plans to merge their existing mobility services into a global joint-venture company, and on Friday they finally...

  • Freightliner Cascadia semi truck
    Daimler announces major investment in self-driving semi trucks

    German automaker Daimler revealed the new Freightliner Cascadia at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday and also announced a major new investment into self-driving technology. Daimler said it has earmarked $570 million for investment in self-driving semi trucks in the coming years. The goal...

  • Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO farewell message 2018
    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche thanks workers, interviews for new position in farewell video

    Long-time Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will step down at the end of this year and hand the top leadership role to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019, but he's already on the hunt for a new job. Well, not really. But Zetsche gave his departure a characteristically comedic twist in a...

  • Daimler and BMW Group merge mobility divisions

    Daimler and BMW Group are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants in March announced plans to merge their various mobility services into a 50:50 joint-venture company headquartered in Berlin, and on Wednesday they announced that the merger has been given regulatory approval by competition watchdogs, including here in the United States. Further details on the new mobility company will be announced in the first quarter of 2019. By then, we should also have knowledge of its name. At its core is expected...

  • Daimler future electrified vehicles
    Daimler to spend $22.75B on batteries through 2030

    German automaker Daimler has put its money where its mouth is with its promise of a fully electrified future: the company announced Tuesday that it will purchase $22.75 billion worth of batteries through 2030. The automaker has plans to not only go all-in on electrification for the Mercedes-Benz...

  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving Cooperation Car
    Daimler concept shows how self-driving cars could communicate with pedestrians

    It will require years of research and technology implementation before self-driving cars are a common sight. Until then, some automakers aren't only working on the tech itself, but also developing ways for self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler showed off...

  • Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric delivery van in Germany
    Elon Musk open to working with Daimler on electric van

    Only last month, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche revealed in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that the company's 2014 divestiture of a stake in Tesla didn't exclude the possibility of a future cooperation between the two firms. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since given similar comments...

  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in Hamburg, Germany
    Daimler delivers first electric Mercedes-Benz bus in Germany

    Mercedes-Benz's first electric bus is now ready to hit the streets in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Parent company Daimler announced Thursday the first of 20 Mercedes eCitaro buses was handed over to Hochbahn, a public transport company in the city. The eCitaro made its debut in September and...

  • Daimler and Bosch self-driving car prototype
    Daimler and Bosch self-driving cars will offer rides in Silicon Valley in 2019

    Daimler and Bosch, two giants of the auto industry, have been jointly developing a self-driving system which they will be ready to trial in the second half of 2019. The first of the trials will be run in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically between downtown and west San José along the...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC

    At one point, Daimler owned 10 percent of Tesla. That was back in 2009 when the German auto giant acquired stock in Tesla in an effort to collaborate and develop electric car technology. However, as it started to become clear that electric cars were popular with some buyers, Daimler in 2014 decided to sell its stake in Tesla to separate its own technology from that of Tesla. But that doesn't mean Daimler won't work again with Tesla in the future. The information comes from Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, who in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita during this month's 2018 Paris auto...

  • Dieter Zetsche during Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept launch at the 2016 Paris auto show
    Dieter Zetsche to pass Daimler leadership role to Ola Källenius in 2019

    A high-level executive shuffle is underway at German auto giant Daimler, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. Daimler confirmed Wednesday that longtime CEO Dieter Zetsche will pass the reins to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019. Källenius will also be responsible for the...

  • Daimler and the BMW Group merge mobility businesses
    BMW and Daimler's joint mobility business will be based in Berlin

    Daimler and BMW Group announced in March that the two rivals would join forces and combine their various mobility services under one equally owned joint venture. The two German auto giants have since confirmed that the mobility joint venture will be headquartered in Berlin. The company, which...

  • Self-driving cars
    Bosch and Daimler pick Nvidia AI chip for self-driving cars

    Bosch and Daimler, two of Germany's biggest automotive firms, announced Wednesday that they have selected Nvidia's Drive Pegasus artificial intelligence computer chip and supporting software to power their future self-driving systems. The computer chip can handle over 320 trillion operations per...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
    Report: Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz no longer working on joint compact car project

    In 2010, Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler agreed to a share-trading partnership that was rumored to birth a new luxury-compact car. Eight years later, a new report claims that vehicle is dead. Following a report from the daily business publication Nikkan Kogyo claiming the...

  • Mercedes-Benz C220d
    Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe because of illegal emissions control devices

    Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been ordered to recall some 774,000 vehicles in Europe after German transportation officials allegedly found up to five illegal emissions control devices on a handful of cars. According to Bloomberg, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported...

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