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Van / Mercedes-Benz Vans: Broadening the Mercedes-Benz Vito range
« Last post by fasteddy on February 08, 2018, 09:50:04 PM »
Stuttgart. The Vito has always stood for flexibility and economy. The new Vito SPORT Line now features numerous highlights which also underscore the sporty character of this mid-size van. It will be available throughout Europe from February 2018 for the Vito Panel Van, Mixto and Tourer. "The Vito SPORT Line combines numerous sporty items of additional equipment to offer a dynamic and attractive overall package for our successful model," says Klaus Maier, Head of Sales and Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Sporty exterior

The Vito SPORT Line includes striking adhesive film on the bonnet and doors. Sporty side skirts plus bumpers and detachable parts in the body colour add to the dynamic character of the exterior. The chrome-plated radiator grille, a roof railing and windows in the sliding doors on both sides add further highlights. The use of heat insulating glass all-round helps to keep the interior temperature down in strong sunlight. Black-tinted windows additionally ensure privacy in the rear of the vehicle. A large panoramic roof is also optionally available.

Striking interior

The interior of the Vito SPORT Line also features striking contrasts. The highlights include seats in black artificial leather and the Chrome Interior package. The floor mats in velour add a further stylish touch. The steering wheel and gearshift lever in high-quality leather further underscore the sporty character.

A taut sports suspension and 18-inch light-alloy wheels (optionally 19-inch) in an exclusive colour finish conjure up a dynamic appearance. The Vito SPORT Line vehicles come in the weight variants 2.8 t, 3.05 t and 3.1 t. Permanent 4x4 all-wheel drive is additionally available as an option. Its excellent traction further enhances driving dynamics and handling. Depending on the selected body variant, the additional charge for the Vito SPORT Line special model ranges between 2500 euros and 4100 euros.
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A-Class / The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class: World premiere in Amsterdam
« Last post by fasteddy on February 08, 2018, 09:48:56 PM »
With the A-Class, the brand introduces the new highlight MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience – first in the compact class rather than the luxury class. This underlines: the A-Class is more mature and comfortable than ever before. Technologically, it is not only the new MBUX infotainment system that sets it apart from the competition – it also offers a range of safety and driver assistance systems that were previously reserved for the luxury class. This also applies to the redesigned appearance. The purist, surface-emphasised design is the next step in the design philosophy of sensual purity.

“The A-Class has been a big driver of change at Mercedes-Benz. It is the single best example on how we managed to rejuvenate our entire brand”, says Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “There’s not much of an ‘entry-level’ feel left in our new entry-level car. This grown-up A-Class fully incorporates our definition of ‘Modern Luxury’. And it’s unparalleled in this segment.”
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Motorsports / Customer Racing: Bathurst 12 Hour
« Last post by fasteddy on February 08, 2018, 09:47:07 PM »
Bathurst – The 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge has started with a spectacular twelve-hour race at Bathurst. Still in the dark on Sunday morning (5.45 am local time), the high-class GT field started into the race at the world-famous Mount Panorama Circuit, including five Mercedes-AMG GT3. In the first hours of racing, however, yet another car from Affalterbach frequently was out on the track: the safety car, a Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4Matic+* had to guide the field safely around the 6.213 kilometres long track several times following multiple accidents.

After a little over one hour of racing, two Mercedes-AMG GT3 also became involved in one of the many collisions that remained largely without effect for the #75 Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 car. On the other hand, the second car that was involved, the #56 car of the Mercedes-AMG Team STRAKKA Racing, had bad luck: the trio of Maximilian Buhk (GER), Maximilian Götz (GER) and Alvaro Parente (POR) made it to the finish of the race, but already got itself a delay that couldn’t be made up for after the repair break that was necessary.

Having started from 15th place on the grid, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with starting number 75 stayed clear from any further difficulties in the remainder of the race and gradually worked its way up through the ranks. After seven hours, the quartet of Kenny Habul (AUS), Tristan Vautier (FRA), Jamie Whincup (AUS) and Raffaele Marciello (ITA) was on course for a podium finish for the first time. STRAKKA Racing’s #55 PRO-AM sister car also moved up into the group of the front runners after a start from sixth on the grid: with faultless stints, David Fumanelli (ITA), Nick Leventis (GBR), Cameron Waters (AUS) and Lewis Williamson (GBR) even racked up some laps in the lead at Mount Panorama.

The end of the race was equally dramatic as the opening stages: with twelve minutes of the duration of twelve hours left, there was a heavy accident at Sulman Park corner that resulted into the race being stopped. One of the cars involved was Nineteen Corp P/L’s starting number 19 that, in a blind corner, ran into a stationary Audi at the side of the track that had crashed shortly before. Fortunately, all drivers escaped by themselves, including John Martin (AUS) as the driver of the #19. Due to the amount of scattered debris on track, race control decided to declare the race.

Thus, the Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 saw its #75 Mercedes-AMG GT3 classified second without a chequered flag having been waved. The #55 STRAKKA Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 ended up in seventh place, equalling third position in the PRO-AM class. Sixth place in the PRO-AM class (P12 overall) went to the #8 Scott Taylor Motorsport Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Max Twigg (AUS), Craig Baird (NZL) and Tony D’ � � � Alberto (AUS). The crashed #19 Nineteen Corp P/L Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Mark Griffith (AUS), John Martin (AUS), David Reynolds (AUS) and Liam Talbot (AUS) was classified ninth in class (P15 overall). After the early delay for the #56 Mercedes-AMG Team STRAKKA Racing car, Buhk, Götz and last year’s winner Parente used the remaining laps for test purposes and finished the race in 28th place.

Stefan Wendl, Head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “What a turbulent season opener for the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Bathurst is always a very particular challenge for teams and drivers. I am all the more happy that our Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing Teams have done so well at Mount Panorama. Second place in the overall classification and the podium finish in the PRO-AM class on top of that is quite a decent result. Thus, we have shown that we aim to be in contention for the Intercontinental GT Challenge title with our Mercedes-AMG GT3.”

Kenny Habul, Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 #75: “ Of course, that was a dramatic finale with the severe accident just before the end, but I am glad that everyone involved is okay. Concerning our race, I would like to thank Mercedes-AMG and the entire crew. I have been watching this race and its heroes like the legendary Peter Brock since I was a kid. For me, being part of it here has always been a huge dream. Finishing on the podium is sensational. Today is a great day for me!”

Tristan Vautier, Mercedes-AMG Team SunEnergy1 #75: “Had anyone told us prior to the race that we would finish second, I wouldn’t have believed it. The opposition was very strong. In the race, however, it was super. At times, we were in with a shot at victory, which is even more unbelievable when considering that almost everyone of us raced here for the first time. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 ran very well and above all reliably. That brought us the podium result.”

Maximilian Buhk, Mercedes-AMG Driver for the Mercedes-AMG Team STRAKKA Racing #56: “I was very happy to be allowed to race here. The race and the track simply are great fun. I always love being here. Therefore, it is even more regrettable that an unnecessary incident so early in the race, just over one hour, made us drop back so much. After that, we were left without a chance really. Nevertheless, many thanks to the entire team for their great effort at their debut with the Mercedes-AMG GT3.”
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Formula One / Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport partners with Tommy Hilfiger
« Last post by fasteddy on February 08, 2018, 09:46:04 PM »
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is delighted to announce a multi-year strategic partnership with Tommy Hilfiger, owned by PVH Corp., from the 2018 season onwards. TOMMY HILFIGER will become the Official Apparel Partner of the team, building on the sport sponsorship heritage that Tommy Hilfiger has embraced since first founding his brand, and underscoring his vision to continuously elevate and expand the brand in key markets to the next generation of TOMMY HILFIGER consumers.

The new partnership will see TOMMY HILFIGER providing Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport’s race and travel wear, as well as factory, office and hospitality clothing. The distinctive TOMMY HILFIGER logo will debut on the Mercedes-AMG F1 W09 EQ Power+ car at the team’s launch event at Silverstone, UK later this month, as well as featuring on garage and trackside assets.

“We are delighted to welcome Tommy Hilfiger to Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and back to the world of Formula One,” said Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport. “It is always exciting to embark on a new partnership, particularly when it touches such a key area of our team’s image; I am positive that it will energise our brand and bring a new spin to how we are perceived from this season. We are excited to see how Tommy Hilfiger will dress the team this season and to showcase their exciting plans to the fans of Formula One.”

The TOMMY HILFIGER brand heritage is closely linked to working with sports icons and pop culture. Tommy Hilfiger’s history with Formula One began through team sponsorship in 1991 and continued throughout the decade. “From the first time I attended a Formula One race, I was completely fascinated by the world of motorsports,” said Tommy Hilfiger. “To be re-entering this arena with World Champions Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport and their number one team is an incredible way to fuse fashion and Formula One. I recognise the passion, spirit and drive that the entire Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport team shows at every race, and these shared qualities are why I’m excited to partner with them for the upcoming seasons.”

The Spring 2018 TOMMY HILFIGER campaign celebrates the fusion of fashion and Formula One, with Tommy Hilfiger and Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport sharing a pioneering spirit and drive to succeed. “The exciting partnership with Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport is a celebration of our shared commitment to keep technology and innovation at the core of our business,” said Daniel Grieder, CEO Tommy Hilfiger Global and PVH Europe. “We take pride in partnering with organisations that are the best in their industries and share our passion to attract and retain the best-in-class teams. We are excited to leverage the incredible reach that Formula One has worldwide as we continue to build on our brand’s global recognition and bring TOMMY HILFIGER to new audiences.”

Exclusive video teasers, print, online and media placements featuring the collaboration will launch globally in Spring 2018. Follow the conversation on social media using #WhatsYourDrive and the handles @TommyHilfiger and @MercedesAMGF1.

About Tommy Hilfiger

With a brand portfolio that includes TOMMY HILFIGER and TOMMY JEANS, Tommy Hilfiger is one of the world’s most recognised premium designer lifestyle groups. Its focus is designing and marketing high-quality men’s tailored clothing and sportswear, women’s collection apparel and sportswear, kidswear, denim collections, underwear (including robes, sleepwear and loungewear), footwear and accessories. Through select licensees, Tommy Hilfiger offers complementary lifestyle products such as eyewear, watches, fragrance, swimwear, socks, small leather goods, home goods and luggage. The TOMMY JEANS product line consists of jeanswear and footwear for men and women, accessories, and fragrance. Merchandise under the TOMMY HILFIGER and TOMMY JEANS brands is available to consumers worldwide through an extensive network of TOMMY HILFIGER and TOMMY JEANS retail stores, leading specialty and department stores, select online retailers, and at tommy.com

About PVH Corp.

With a history going back over 135 years, PVH has excelled at growing brands and businesses with rich American heritages, becoming one of the largest apparel companies in the world. We have over 35,000 associates operating in over 40 countries and over $8 billion in annual revenues. We own the iconic CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, IZOD, ARROW, Speedo*, Warner’s and Olga brands, as well as the digital-centric True & Co. intimates brand, and market a variety of goods under these and other nationally and internationally known owned and licensed brands.

*The Speedo brand is licensed for North America and the Caribbean in perpetuity from Speedo International Limited.
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Stuttgart – With a new sales record, Mercedes-Benz started the year 2018 as successfully as it concluded the previous year. In 2017, Mercedes-Benz defended its position as the bestselling premium brand, and the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star continued to be the number one in important markets also this January. In Germany, Great Britain, Portugal, South Korea, Australia, Taiwan, the USA, Canada and Brazil for example, Mercedes-Benz maintained its leading position as the premium brand with the most new registrations. January was highly successful also worldwide: With deliveries of 193,414 vehicles and growth of 8.4%, Mercedes-Benz made its best start to a year of all time, thus continuing seamlessly from its seventh consecutive record year.

“With more than 193,000 Mercedes-Benz cars sold in January, we achieved the most successful start to a year in the company’s history. And with the presentation of the new G-Class, we had an emotional start to the new year,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. “I am delighted that we are setting standards not only with our unit sales, but also for example with the new smart configurator with real-time 3D car visualization. In this way, we are offering our customers an innovative platform upon which they can configure their future car.”

Mercedes-Benz unit sales by region and market

In the Europe region, 65,286 customers were happy to receive their new car with the star (+5.9%) – more than ever before in a January. In Germany, unit sales by Mercedes-Benz were 21.6% higher than in January 2017; a total of 21,907 customers took delivery of their new Mercedes-Benz – a new high in unit sales. New sales records were set also in January in Spain, Portugal, Poland and Sweden.

In the Asia-Pacific region, the Stuttgart-based company increased its unit sales compared with the prior-year month by 14.4% to a new high of 94,439 vehicles sold. Of that total, 68,425 Mercedes-Benz models went to China (+16.4%), where almost 10,000 more cars were sold in January than in the best month ever. Mercedes-Benz achieved new sales records for a January also in the markets South Korea, Taiwan, India and Malaysia.

In the NAFTA region, 29,452 vehicles from Mercedes-Benz were delivered to customers, which is slightly lower than the record for a January that was set last year (-1.8%). A total of 25,307 cars with the star were sold in the USA (-0.9%). Due to high demand for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in January, the brand with the three-pointed star was once again the best-selling premium brand in the USA.

Mercedes-Benz unit sales by model

Demand for the SUVs from Mercedes-Benz was as high as ever at the beginning of the year. With an increase of 9.9%, a new record was set of 71,409 units sold. The GLC, GLC Coupé and G-Class all set new records for unit sales. The new G-Class had its world premiere at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January. Mercedes-Benz has so far delivered a total of five million SUVs to its customers, including two million of the GLE and its predecessor, the M-Class.

The new S-Class Saloon achieved a 25.3% sales increase to 8,130 units in January. The S-Class Saloon was particularly popular in its biggest markets, China and the USA, achieving significant sales growth in both markets. The new S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet models were launched in Europe in January.

Last month, Mercedes-Benz delivered 33,063 of the E-Class Saloon and Estate models to our customers. This represents a 10.4% increase in unit sales and is a new record for a January. Mercedes-Benz has already sold more than 500,000 units of the new generation of the E-Class Saloon and Estate since April 2016.

smart

In January, 9,229 smart fortwo and smart forfour cars were delivered to customers around the world. The brand achieved strong growth of 30.3% in January in Germany, its biggest single market, primarily driven by the ongoing strong demand for electric models. Fans of the urban microcar in its domestic market were delighted by the launch of the new configurator on the smart website last month (smart.de), which sets new standards in the automotive industry. It is easy to operate and available to customers via smartphone, tablet or PC, and offers real-time 3D car visualization for the smart fortwo coupé. This feature will follow also for the smart cabrio and the smart forfour before the end of this quarter. In the coming months, the new smart configurator will become available in other European markets.

News from sales and service

Mercedes-Benz reached a new level of interaction with its customers at the end of last year with its intelligent, virtual assistant, “Ask Mercedes”. This free app serves to answer questions on the car’s displays, functions and operation. It uses artificial intelligence and combines a chatbot with augmented-reality functions. Questions can be typed into a smartphone display or asked using speech recognition. In the new E-, S- and the new A-Class, operating controls and displays can be scanned with a smartphone camera. Following the visual recognition of object, an explanation of the relevant function is given in multimedia form via video, text, pictures or link. Ask Mercedes was first launched as a pilot version in English in South Africa, India and Malaysia. A version limited to the augmented-reality functions has already gone online in the USA. Launch is planned for early this year in India, Hong Kong, New Zealand and Australia. A version in German will follow in 2018. The app is already in use in the E- and S-Class, it will be available in the new A-Class and other models will follow. A demonstration is available at the following website: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gI0X_huTorE.

The app for the Mercedes me Adapter is also very popular. Mercedes-Benz is the first automobile manufacturer to offer customers the possibility to retrofit connectivity features in their cars using this adapter. The Mercedes me Adapter is already available in 22 countries for 24 Mercedes-Benz model series (in some cases going back to 2002), and has already been installed in more than 100,000 vehicles. Since the end of last year, the related app has offered customers new functions such as “Find a parking space” and “Car health monitor,” which displays warning messages from the car in the app. Other popular functions include the route list, the cockpit view with live data from the car, and the filling-station finder showing current fuel prices.

Not only the cars from Mercedes-Benz are well connected, but also the company with its customers and other interested persons. With nearly 100 million followers on all social-media channels, Mercedes-Benz has a broad presence in the social networks. The most important channel is Instagram with more than 300 million interactions in 2017. This means that Mercedes-Benz is by far the brand with the most likes and comments on Instagram.
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Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz delivered 195,698 vehicles to its customers in November (+7.2%), thus achieving the 57th record month in succession. In the first eleven months of the year, 2,095,810 units were sold. This represents not only the best-ever figure for the period of January to November, but also growth of 10.7% in unit sales. Last month, Mercedes-Benz was the premium brand with the most new registrations in markets including Germany, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Taiwan, USA, Canada, and Mexico.

“Mercedes-Benz passed the two-million mark in November, already surpassing its unit sales for the entire previous year. We are going full speed ahead for our customers – not only with the best products, but also in sales and service. And this has already been rewarded with the most successful sales year in our history,” stated Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.

Mercedes-Benz unit sales by region and market

In Europe, unit sales in November rose to a new sales record. A total of 79,942 customers received their new car with the three-pointed star (+1.5%). Since the beginning of the year, 879,878 vehicles were delivered – more than ever before in that period (+7.3%). Of that total, 281,946 units were sold in Germany (+5.2%). New sales records were set for both November and the first eleven months in Great Britain, France, Spain, Belgium, Switzerland, Sweden, Poland, Austria and Portugal.

With a total of 74,302 vehicles sold in the Asia-Pacific region, more customers received a new Mercedes-Benz there than ever before in a November (+16.2%). Since the beginning of the year sales totaled 802,565 units (+20.6%). China posted record figures for November and the eleven-month period: 50,813 customers decided on a new Mercedes-Benz last month (+22.2%) and 539,728 in the period January to November (+27.3%). More vehicles were sold than ever before in the first eleven months of a year also in South Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, India, Thailand and Malaysia.

In the NAFTA region, unit sales in November surpassed the high prior-year figure and 36,505 customers were delighted to receive their new Mercedes-Benz (+3.8%). In the USA, 30,838 customers decided in favor of a car with the three-pointed star in November (+1.6%). For the period of January to November, a new record was set of 359.953 units sold in the NAFTA region (+0.5%). Contributions to this development came from best-ever sales in Canada (+12.7%) and Mexico (+25.3%).

Mercedes-Benz unit sales by model

The E-Class Saloon and Estate are as popular as ever. The strong sales of the prior-year month were surpassed by 8.2% and a new record was set for a November (29,110 units). Since the beginning of the year, unit sales were 46.0% higher than in that period of 2016. Particularly strong demand for the long-wheelbase version of the E-Class Saloon meant that twice as many units of that model were sold as in the first eleven months of the previous year.

The new S-Class Saloon, which has been on the market in the United States and China since September, posted growth of 18.5% last month. Growth in unit sales of that model in Germany and the United States was even higher. In South Korea, where saloon cars are especially popular, more S-Class cars were sold last month than ever before in a November.

The SUVs from Mercedes-Benz set new records for the month of November (73,418 units) as well as for the first eleven months (731,626) – not only worldwide, but also in each of the three core regions of Europe, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA. Sales growth of 19.8% in November was primarily driven by the GLC, GLA, GLC Coupé and GLS, each of which posted new best-ever figures.

smart

More than 11,500 smart fortwo and smart forfour cars were delivered to customers in November. Demand for the two-door and four-door smart models rose last month in the two largest markets for the urban microcar, Germany and Italy. In Belgium and the Netherlands, smart achieved a particularly high increase in sales. In the first eleven months of this year, 123,130 units were sold worldwide, and more smart cars were handed over to customers in China than ever before in that period of a year.
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Stuttgart / Beijing – Daimler is strengthening the focus of its truck organization for the Chinese market by implementing a dedicated responsibility within the divisonal board of Daimler Trucks. As of January 1st, 2018, Sven Ennerst will take over responsibility for the company’s trucks operations in China including both local production at Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive (BFDA) as well as the import business at Daimler Trucks and Buses China (DTBC). At the same time, Ennerst continues his current function as Head of Product Engineering and Global Procurement.

Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Greater China, says: “China is by far the world’ � � � � s largest automotive market – both for passenger cars as well as commercial vehicles. The further focused and strengthened setup for our truck business in China shows our deepening commitment to this market. With the new appointment, we will continue bringing global expertise to our operations in China, to further explore the market potential with our local partners.”

Martin Daum, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Trucks and Buses, underlines: “We want to expand our position in the Chinese market. That is why we are elevating the responsibility for China to the divisional board of Daimler Trucks. With Sven Ennerst, one of our most senior and experienced leaders will be taking over this important position in one of our key markets.”

Sven Ennerst has gained valuable experience in China during his mechanical engineering studies there as well as his in professional career. He has also held management positions at Daimler Trucks for more than 20 years. In his new role, Sven Ennerst will work closely with both Board Members, Martin Daum and Hubertus Troska, to further advance Daimler’s truck business development in China.

Furthermore, Kelley Platt will become President and CEO of Beijing Foton Daimler Automotive – the joint venture of Daimler and Foton for the local production of heavy duty trucks under the Chinese Auman brand. Platt, currently the President of Western Star Trucks, will succeed Zhou Liang, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of Daimler and therefore will leave the company as of January 15th, 2018.

“We are very thankful for Zhou Liang’s dedication and contribution to the BFDA business. We wish him all the best and much success for his future endeavors,” said Hubertus Troska.

“With Kelley Platt, BFDA will be headed by a seasoned trucks manager, who has led business units and brands very successfully,” said Martin Daum.

During the last years, Kelley Platt headed the Western Star business unit at Daimler Trucks North America. Under the leadership of Platt, Western Star has been setting sales and market share records. From 2010 to 2015, Platt was the President and CEO of Thomas Built Buses in High Point, North Carolina. During her tenure, Thomas Built Buses became the leading brand in the North American school bus market. Kelley started her Daimler career in 1989 in the treasury department.

Growing Truck Business in China

China is the world’s largest commercial vehicles market – for 2017, the market is expected to be above one million heavy duty trucks. Together with its Chinese partner Foton, Daimler has been building medium and heavy duty trucks under the Auman brand for the volume segment since 2012. Per October 2017, the joint venture BFDA sold about 91.000 vehicles – a 59 percent increase compared to the same period of last year.

The legally independent company Daimler Trucks and Buses China imports and sells Mercedes-Benz Trucks for the premium segment. In November this year, DTBC launched the Actros long-haulage truck as well as the Arocs offroad-truck to the Chinese market for premium trucks, which is shifting from an initial purchase price consideration to a focus on Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and lifetime value.
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Navigation / Drone landed – several times. Successfully. In Zurich.
« Last post by fasteddy on December 01, 2017, 11:41:00 AM »
Stuttgart/Zurich. In a global first, online orders were delivered in Zurich between 25 September and 13 October with the aid of Vans & Drones. In partnership with Matternet and siroop.ch, Mercedes-Benz carried out a unique pilot project to test on-demand delivery of e-commerce orders – and it was a resounding success, particularly as unlike comparable systems this trial of a van and drone solution was carried out over an urban area and over a period of three weeks. On 28 September, after the initial successful trials, a large group of journalists was invited to watch live as the first official drone landing on the specially equipped Mercedes-Benz Vito took place during a press presentation.

On ten days, a total of around 100 flights were made without incident over the city of Zurich. The project made use of two drones and two Mercedes-Benz Vito vans with integrated landing platforms. Technology installed in the vehicle roofs ensured that landings were accurate and safe.

The main objective for the project team was to test the processes and procedures required to operate a delivery system of this kind and to learn from practical experience. "We are extremely satisfied with the results of the pilot project in Switzerland. The aim was to test the technology and the concept in real-world conditions and find out where optimisation was required. We also wanted to know how people would react to this new form of transportation," said Stefan Maurer, Head of Future Transportation at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

The results of the trials are currently being analysed in depth. "We are convinced that the project will evolve rapidly. We see great potential for our solution and intend to expand it to include further areas of application," Maurer added.
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Articles / Mercedes-Benz X-Class awarded five stars for safety
« Last post by fasteddy on December 01, 2017, 11:39:16 AM »
Stuttgart. With five stars, the new X-Class has been awarded the highest possible score in the independent safety test "Euro NCAP Test". The Mercedes-Benz pickup impressed in the categories of occupant safety, child safety, pedestrian protection and assistance systems.

The X-Class owes this result above all to its especially sturdy body with high-strength passenger cell and a structure with front and rear ends capable of absorbing energy through selective deformation as well as with an exceptionally large number of safety systems for the mid-size pickup segment. The X-Class comes as standard with, for example, seven airbags and the i-Size attachment system for two child seats. The other safety highlights include Active Brake Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Traffic Sign Assist. Added to these are the trailer stability program, tyre pressure monitoring, emergency call system, cruise control and LED headlamps. In addition, a reversing camera and a 360-degree camera are optionally available.

Prices for the X-Class in Germany start at 37,294 euros (incl. 19 percent VAT). It has been on the market since November.
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Formula One / 2017 Abu Dhabi Post-Season Test, Day 1
« Last post by fasteddy on December 01, 2017, 11:36:21 AM »
Lewis got behind the wheel of the W08 EQ Power+ for one last time and completed a total of 136 laps in this year’s post-season test at the Yas Marina Circuit. Mercedes-Benz Power Units completed a total of 355 laps (1972km).

Lewis Hamilton:

I’m not really the biggest fan of testing, but it’s been a positive first day of running with these new tyres. We managed to complete plenty of laps and collected lots of data and feedback to ensure we head in the right direction over the winter. We’ve got a good early understanding of these 2018 Pirelli tyres. On early impression, the new HyperSoft is the best tyre that Pirelli have produced since returning to F1. I found that the other compounds are still a bit too hard for my liking but we’re moving in the right direction. It’s a nice way to wrap up the season, with one last day in the W08. I’m definitely ready to take a break now, though!
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