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Smart / Winner of Sporthilfe "Club der Besten 2018" award receives her car
« Last post by fasteddy on February 12, 2019, 09:35:30 PM »
Berlin. Kristina Vogel, two-time Olympic gold medal winner and eleven-time world champion in track cycling, received her new smart forfour prime yesterday (combined fuel consumption: 5.4 l/100 km, CO2 combined emissions: 123-122 g/km; figures for manual transmission) after being voted "The Best of the Best 2018". Germany's top athletes bestowed this title on her at their "Sporthilfe Club der Besten" gathering at the Aldiana Club Costa del Sol in Spain in September 2018. The car has been tailored to Kristina Vogel's individual needs. The athlete received the keys to her new vehicle from Kirsten Ehrlich, head of smart Sales and Marketing, at the Berlin am Salzufer smart centre.

"I'm delighted with my new car. With the smart forfour I'll now be mobile around my home town of Erfurt and beyond. That means another bit of normality for me in my everyday life. My new companion is specially geared to my needs and makes driving much easier for me. Many thanks to smart," said Kristina Vogel at the vehicle handover.

Kristina Vogel's new vehicle has a black/black paint finish. It is agile and great fun to drive, moving its occupants around town with an output of 66 kW (90 hp). It was specially modified in accordance with Kristina Vogel's needs by KADOMO, a company specialised in converting vehicles for disabled people.

Kristina Vogel is one of Germany's most successful athletes of recent years. The former track cyclist won a total of 21 national titles up to 2017. Her sporting career was crowned by two Olympic gold medals and eleven world championship titles. In 2018 she was paralysed in a tragic accident during training. On 18 February 2019 Kristina Vogel will be a guest at this year's Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco.

smart and top-class sport – inseparably linked for years now

smart has been a top partner of the annual "Sporthilfe Club der Besten" (previously "Champion des Jahres") event since 2000. Since 2015, the brand has also been a partner of the German Sports Help Foundation and supports sportspeople, especially up-and-coming youngsters, with particularly attractive offers to keep them mobile. The sponsorship offers top sportspeople excellent opportunities to succeed in modern competitive sports.

Germany's best athletes of a year meet up at the "Sporthilfe Club der Besten" to spend a week recharging their batteries, having fun, doing sport and celebrating their successes together. The highlight is a vote among Germany's best athletes to choose the "best of the best" from among their ranks.
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G-Class / 40th anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class
« Last post by fasteddy on February 06, 2019, 04:00:42 PM »
Stuttgart. The world première of the 460 model series G-model took place between 4 and 9 February 1979 in Toulon, France. On this occasion, the Mercedes-Benz press kit emphasised the values of “ uncompromising off-road and on-road capability” as well as “maximum variety of use”. These aspects also apply to the new G-Class of the 463 model series that has been built in Graz, Austria, since May 2018. In addition to these elements there is the tradition of performance and unique character. The G-Class has grown into this role over the past decades with ever more success.

Joining forces for the G

The history of the G-model began in the summer of 1969. At the time, Daimler-Benz AG and Austrian Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG entered into talks about a possible cooperation. Both manufacturers offered vehicles with excellent off-road capabilities as part of their product ranges: the Mercedes-Benz Unimog as well as the Puch Haflinger and the Puch Pinzgauer. In 1971, the idea of jointly building an off-road vehicle was fleshed out for the first time. It was to combine extreme off-road capabilities with good handling on the road. Probably as early as in the autumn of 1972, CEOs Dr Joachim Zahn (Daimler-Benz AG) and Dr Karl Rabus (Steyr-Daimler-Puch AG) then came to a basic understanding on jointly developing the light-duty off-road vehicle. The construction team was headed by Erich Ledwinka, Chief Engineer of Steyr-Daimler-Puch.

The development then progressed with force. The first wooden model was created by April 1973. The first roadworthy prototype was already being tested in 1974. Photos in the technical description published internally in 1975 showed how quickly the designers and engineers arrived at a design that already came very close to the eventual G. The final styling with the clear profile was defined by Mercedes-Benz Design headed by Bruno Sacco. The stylists masterfully combined the large, smooth surfaces of the vehicle body with the technically defined characteristics such as large approach and departure angles as well as a relatively large vehicle height with a rather small overall width.

The G-model has been built at the Puch plant in Graz-Thondorf from the outset. This plant is also where the new 463 model series G-Class has been assembled since May 2018. Mercedes-Benz has been supplying components including engines, axles, steering systems and large stamped parts from various sites in Germany to Graz since 1979. Series production started in February 1979 shortly after the vehicle’s world première, and Geländefahrzeug Gesellschaft (GfG), founded by the two companies in 1977, was in charge of this process.

The G was initially launched on the market as the 460 model series: a universal off-road vehicle with a comparatively plain interior but a great deal of attention paid to the drivetrain. The selectable standard-fit all-wheel drive with its one hundred per cent interaxle differential lock and optional differential locks on the front and rear axles, which have been standard equipment since 1985, ensure optimum off-road handling characteristics. The frame design and rigid axles with coil springs were aimed at versatility and robustness off the road. The 240 GD and 300 GD models with a diesel engine as well as the 230 G and 280 GE with a petrol engine were available at the production launch. There were two different wheelbases (2,400 and 2,850 millimetres) as well as different body styles (open vehicle, closed station wagon and panel van with closed side walls). In addition to the 460 model series with a 12 V on-board electrical system, Mercedes-Benz offered the 461 model series with a 24 V on-board electrical system for military customers. Its CKD (completely knocked down) version was designated as model series 462.

Success stories

A continuous advancement process for the G-model began shortly after its market launch, which would prove to be the key to its lasting success. Important steps included the standard-fit power steering (first in the 280 GE and 300 GD, from 1987 in all models) and standard-fit differential locks (1985) as well as the introduction of a closed-loop, three-way catalytic converter (from 1986 initially as special equipment in the 230 GE) and the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in model series 463 from 1990. The optimisation of comfort and safety was embodied, among other things, by the standard-fit combination of the most capable vehicle dynamics and all-wheel-drive systems starting in 2001. It comprised the electronically controlled 4ETS traction system, the Electronic Stability Programme ESP® and BAS Brake Assist.

The major facelifts in particular represented important development leaps for the technology of the G. For example, model series 463 was launched in 1990 equipped with permanent instead of the previous on-demand all-wheel drive. Subsequently, eight-cylinder and even twelve-cylinder engines were used in the powerful and luxurious G-Class. At the same time, Mercedes-Benz cultivated the tradition of the G as a versatile utility vehicle. In 1990, this role was initially played by model series 460, before it fell to model series 461, launched in 1992. Today, it is the professional variants of the G-Class which carry these capabilities on into the future.

The tradition of exclusive equipment in the history of the G-Class started with refined details such as individual Recaro seats for driver and front passenger, which were available as special equipment from as early as 1981. The interior was enhanced as standard in 1982. In 1990, model series 463 brought fine-wood applications into the off-road classic that was just eleven years young at the time. This constant change allowed the G-Class to acquire new, private customers. They particularly appreciated the exclusive and powerful variants of the G. A first highlight in this regard was the Mercedes-Benz 500 GE V8, built in small-series production starting in 1993. From 1998, the G 500 then became the standard top-of-the-range model of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, as the family of off-road vehicles has been known since 1993. The nomenclature of the G thus follows the system established for the other Mercedes-Benz passenger car model series, whereby a letter preceding the three-digit number or a combination of letters designates the class to which the vehicle belongs.

A particularly successful chapter in the history of the G began in 1999: in that year the G 55 AMG became the new top-of-the-range model of model series 463. It formed the basis for the lasting success of the G-Class high-performance vehicles by Mercedes-AMG. Further standards in this regard were set by the G 55 AMG Compressor (2004), the G 63 AMG, the G 65 AMG (both 2012), the G 63 AMG 6x6 (2013) and finally the Mercedes-AMG G 63 of the new G-Class presented in February 2018 (combined fuel consumption: 13.1 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 299 g/km*).

That the G continues to master all challenges successfully in its fourth decade was also demonstrated by other highly exclusive models such as the G 500 4x4² from 2015 and the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet from 2017, of which only 99 were made. Both variants of the iconic off-road vehicle opened up new dimensions for the G-Class: the G 500 4x4² with regard to the yet further improved off-road capabilities thanks to portal axles and the Mercedes-Maybach G 650 Landaulet boasting the highest automotive luxury also off the road.

The new generation of model series 463 celebrated its world première at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit in January 2018. It transports the strengths of this charismatic performer into a bright future. The first of the models launched is the Mercedes-Benz G 500 (combined fuel consumption: 12.1–11.5 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 276–263 g/km*), followed shortly afterwards by the Mercedes-AMG G 63. In December 2018, the G 350 d (combined fuel consumption: 9.8–9 .6 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259–2 52 g/km*), the third engine variant featuring the state-of-the-art OM 656 diesel engine, celebrated its world première. Once again, the G reinvents itself by focusing on important technical details in the new model series 463 G-Class: for example, with the chassis developed jointly by Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes-AMG, featuring a traditional, rigid rear axle and a double-wishbone front axle with independent suspension. What has not changed are the excellent off-road capabilities – the new G-Class even surpasses its predecessor in many disciplines. And on the outside, the basic credo is: the genes of the G from 1979 will be evident in any G-Class at first sight.
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Navigation / 25 Years of Flying Tiger Development
« Last post by fasteddy on February 06, 2019, 02:26:33 PM »
Company founder Eddy Lai. Who was responsible to bring AMG Mercedes Tuning into Canada. Along with other famous brands include: Koenig-Specials and Ruf back in the 1980's. A successful racing driver in his own right. He found Flying Tiger Development originally was to produce and develop one of the few Mercedes-Benz racing cars outside factory involvement. After winning the championship with Mercedes-Benz. The company further evolved into developing track day cars with Mercedes-Benz products; and also compete and winning different series.

Today the company are continuing to produce some very special high performance and track day cars for elite clienteles.

A revamp website www.flyingtiger.ca to commemorate this occasion.
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Technology / Automobile battery storage systems stabilise the power grid
« Last post by fasteddy on February 06, 2019, 02:07:55 PM »
Bayreuth/Kamenz – Transmission system operator TenneT and Daimler AG through its wholly owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH have researched and tested the feasibility of innovative system services in the transmission grid as part of a joint development partnership. The results are groundbraking: Automobile battery storage systems can take over tasks from large-scale power plants and make a significant contribution towards power grid stabilisation and system recovery.

The joint study was carried out within the framework of the Enera project as part of the “Smart Energy Showcases – Digital Agenda for the Energy Transition” (SINTEG) funding programme by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. The project partners have shown that automobile battery storage systems that use a lithium-ion basis can be used for highly dynamic system support and system recovery – specifically for a black start in power plants and to support mass inertia. Ultimately, this can help to compensate for the loss of conventional energy generation.

Mercedes-Benz Energy Test Lab in Kamenz

For the development partnership, the prototype of a battery storage system made up of automotive batteries with a total connected load of approx. 1 megawatt (MW) and a storage capacity of 750 kilowatt hours (kWh) was installed at the test centre in Kamenz. These are second-life and replacement batteries.

The challenge of the energy transition for transmission system operators

Electricity production is becoming considerably more volatile due to the increasing in-feed of weather-dependent forms of renewable energy. In the power grid, generation and consumption need to be balanced in order to maintain a frequency of 50 Hertz. If this is not the case, frequency deviations can occur. The masses of large-scale power plants, which rotate in synchronisation with the grid frequency of 50 Hertz, ensure that these fluctuations are dampened so that the system responds to these deviations in a more inert way. This is important, as frequency deviations can only be compensated with a delay through primary balancing power. Without the inert masses in the grid, the frequency would change so quickly that no compensation through balancing power would be possible. This would lead to ever-greater frequency deviations, which in the worst-case scenario could cause power failures. At the Mercedes-Benz Energy test lab in Kamenz, the project partners have now shown that automobile battery storage systems can respond to a changing frequency in less than 100 milliseconds. This means they can replace the inert masses in large-scale power plants.

Energy Storages as a "starter battery for the energy supply"

The project partners have also shown that battery storage systems can be used to start up energy generating assets and even entire power stations, for example after a large-scale power failure. Today, diesel power units are used to restart turbines in power stations (rotating masses) and supply power to auxiliary units. The development study shows that this can also be done with battery storage systems – with virtually no losses and in a process that is much better for the environment. The energy storage system acts as a kind of “starter battery for the energy supply” and restarts the inert rotating masses of a power station. The necessary energy, around two to four percent of the rated capacity of a power station, is retrieved from the energy storage system if needed. To prove this, the project partners constructed a test grid in Kamenz and restored it after a simulated power failure using the automobile battery storage system.
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Stuttgart. The slim booklet published by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, Berlin-Marienfelde branch, in January 1919, testifies to courage and confidence in the future: this is the first edition of the “Daimler-Zeitung”. The customer magazine appears only two months after the end of the First World War against the backdrop of economically difficult and politically turbulent times.

The company aims to use this new medium to reach “customers and friends” of the brand, as the preface describes the target group. The idea of publishing a customer magazine is, even then, not entirely new: the authors explain that, for several years, there was the intention to issue “a regular magazine” with topics relating to the products manufactured by DMG. But then the First World War stopped the project in its tracks.

The Berlin-Marienfelde’s objective now is evidently to inform customers about the urgently needed business recovery using the customer magazine. This is how the first issue in January 1919 describes it: “Publishing this, the first issue of the Daimler-Zeitung, after the end of a struggle between nations and before the political and economic situation in the new Germany has been completely clarified, is done with confidence that our economy, thanks to its healthy basis, will recover and flourish again in the not-too-distant future, in spite of all the heavy blows brought by the war and especially the last few weeks.”

But what topics are likely to interest customers as the content of such a publication? DMG decides, a hundred years ago, on a mixture of product-related reports, utility articles and information about the enterprise. For example, the main story of the first issue is a report entitled “Daimler trucks during the World War from 1914–1918 in Turkey and Persia”. It is even continued in the second issue in February 1919. Supply restrictions on rubber tyres and fuel are indicative of the current economic problems of the time. News of what is happening in the company is reflected in a report on the new fire engine for the DMG factory fire brigade at the Marienfelde plant (“Unsere Fabrik-Feuerspritze” – “Our Factory Fire Engine”).

The cover picture of the first issue underlines the focus on commercial vehicles in terms of content. It shows a view of a Daimler plant with trucks on the road in front of it. The exact publication date of the January issue is not documented. However, the 20-page magazine is accompanied by a loose piece of paper whose message testifies to the difficult conditions of its production: “ Due to the difficulties caused by the Berlin riots and the lack of coal, the first issue of the ‘Daimler-Zeitung’ has been delayed.”< /p>

Despite the start being beset with difficulties, DMG continues to put faith in the customer magazine. The second issue appears in February 1919. The cover story is a report about marine engine building. It begins with Gottlieb Daimler’s 1886 motorboat and extends to the 1,250 kW (1,700 hp) marine diesel engines currently in production.

Customer magazine for the entire company

The “Daimler-Zeitung” is significantly strengthened in its aim to be a customer magazine for the entire enterprise in the third issue (March/April 1919). Until that time, the Mercedes star carries the inscription “Daimler Berlin-Marienfelde” in its title. But now this is replaced with the brand name Mercedes. And where the magazine is first published by the Berlin-Marienfelde facility, from the third issue onwards it bears the note: “Published by Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft, Stuttgart-Untertürkheim and Berlin-Marienfelde.”

A total of seven issues of the “Daimler-Zeitung” are published in 1919. What would appear unusual to today’s readers is the fact that the pagination of the customer magazine is continued consecutively throughout the entire year over a total of 128 pages. At the end of that year, DMG discontinues regular publication of the magazine for reasons not handed down. Further issues are only issued to cover specific topics. In 1924, for example, a special issue on Mercedes racing victories in that year was published. The victories achieved in the race from Tacubaya to La Cima (Mexico), in the Corsa della Merluzza (Italy) hill-climb, the Prague Königsaal-Jilowisch (Czechoslovakia) hill-climb and the Targa Florio and Coppa Florio (Sicily) are described as outstanding successes.

One hundred years of customer communication

Although there is no seamless publication history from 1919 through to today, Mercedes-Benz keeps communicating with its customers through magazines. An important period in this chapter of the brand’s history begins in the mid-1950s with “Mercedes-Benz all around the world”. This new publication starts as the “Export News Service of Daimler-Benz AG” in 1953 and is initially aimed at the Mercedes-Benz sales organisation worldwide. Starting in 1954, the magazine concentrates on presenting travel photos that combine Mercedes-Benz products with typical landscapes and buildings from countries all over the world.

This combination of interest in new vehicles and destinations that are, at this time, considered exotic, inspires the end customers of the company as the German “economic miracle” gets under way, whose attention is drawn to the magazine in the Mercedes-Benz branches and agencies all over the world. In this way, in the summer of 1956, the publication evolves under its new title “Mercedes-Benz all around the world. An export photo reportage by Daimler-Benz AG Stuttgart-Untertürkheim” into a real customer magazine. Starting with Issue 29, published for the first time with a colour cover picture, colour photos and journalistic articles, the magazine bears the subtitle “A photo reportage for friends of Daimler-Benz”. The magazine’s cosmopolitan focus is shown by Issue No. 40, amongst others, with a cover story about India. This issue is now on show in the permanent exhibition of the Mercedes-Benz Museum.

In 1992, the “Mercedes Magazine” replaces the traditional title “ Mercedes-Benz all around the world”. With its journalistic content and high-quality layout, this magazine sets a high standard. Ten years ago, in the spring of 2009, that magazine reaches readers in 113 countries worldwide. It is published in 38 languages and has a circulation of 3.1 million copies. The online presence of the brand is of increasing importance in the new millennium. In addition to various social media channels, the digital brand magazine “mercedes-benz.com”, in particular, underlines this approach.

One hundred years after the publication of Daimler’s first customer magazine, this medium is still strong and orientated towards the future. Among the numerous magazines, including those for commercial vehicles and innovation topics, there are above all four titles that follow the direct tradition of the “Mercedes Magazine”: they are the “Mercedes me Magazine” launched in 2017, the “Mercedes Classic” appearing since 2002 and the publications “ She’s Mercedes Magazine” and “Circle of Excellence”, which were first published in 2018. “Mercedes me”, which devotes technological and social changes of our time, is to understand as the direct replacement for “Mercedes Magazine”. The magazine is aimed at international readers in currently 34 countries worldwide and achieve a total circulation of 2.4 million copies. In 2019 the four Mercedes-Benz magazines will reach a total of almost three million readers.

Internal communication is part of it

It is not only the history of Mercedes-Benz customer magazines that begins a hundred years ago at DMG, but also a tradition of employee media: in June 1919, the first issue of the “Daimler Werkzeitung” is published. Paul Riebensahm, a member of the Board of Directors of DMG, is the driving force behind this. The project is put into practice by the then young scholar Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy. The background to this ambitious medium is extremely serious: the end of the war is followed by an extensive wave of redundancies at the end of 1918. Within just ten weeks, the workforce at the Untertürkheim plant shrinks from 15,053 employees to only 8,833. After that, the convictions of the political extreme left are increasingly asserted in what has, until then, been a mostly moderate social democratic workforce.

Riebensahm’s objective in publishing this magazine is to promote a restrengthening of the dialogue between workers and the company. The content ranges from general educational essays on topics from industry, science and architecture to literary contributions. In research into corporate history, the publication, which was discontinued in 1920, is also said to have “taken the form of a printed adult education centre”. The “Daimler-Werksnachrichten” newsletter, on the other hand, which appears parallel to the “ Werkzeitung” from November 1919 on, is much more matter-of-fact.

Today, external and internal communication are characterised by digital channels: Mercedes-Benz and the other Daimler brands reach out to customers and employees flexibly, quickly and purposefully via YouTube, Facebook and other social media. The company’s own digital formats and websites are also important interfaces between the company, customers, fans and employees. The multimedia online magazine http://www.mercedes-benz.com/, for example, corresponds to the concept of “owned media” with media formats produced by the company itself, and this is exactly the same principle that, one hundred years ago, the “Daimler-Zeitung”, “ Daimler Werkzeitung” and “Daimler Werksnachrichten” followed.
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Stuttgart – Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans announce changes in the management team:

Personnel changes at Mercedes-Benz Cars

Effective as on July 1, 2019, Jason Hoff will be the new Head of Quality Management Mercedes-Benz Cars, succeeding Jörg Burzer, who will succeed Markus Schäfer as Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain. In his new role, he will remain closely associated with all Mercedes-Benz Cars production plants worldwide. Jason Hoff has been Head of SUV/Sports Cars Production and President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI) since 2013. Previously, he was responsible for procurement of interior components for the Mercedes-Benz C- and E-Class sedan in Stuttgart, Germany. Prior to his assignment in Germany, he held various management positions at MBUSI, including Vice President Logistics and Head of Assembly and Procurement.

Michael Göbel will be the new Head of SUV/Sports Cars Production and President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International (MBUSI), the U.S. production plant of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Tuscaloosa/Alabama, effective July 1, 2019. Thus Göbel returns to his former place of work: At the beginning of 2008, he was the Head of Planning at the Tuscaloosa plant. Göbel began his career at Daimler in 1990 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim and moved to Rastatt in 1994. From 1998 to 2007, Michael Göbel held various management positions in production, planning and logistics at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen, Germany, most recently as Head of Assembly. In mid-2014 Michael Göbel took over the management of the global compact car production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars. As President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U. S. International (MBUSI), Michael Göbel will be responsible for the operations of the Mercedes-Benz Tuscaloosa plant in Alabama. At the same time, he is the local representative of Daimler and thus the face of the company in the region. In his new position, he will continue to develop the Tuscaloosa site and make it fit for the future, leveraging his many years of production and management experience.

Elke Pußkeiler will become Head the global Compact Car production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, effective on July 1, 2019. Since May 2014, Elke Pußkeiler has been Center Manager for Program-, Capacity Planning and Methods at Mercedes-Benz Cars. She also manages the establishment of the new center. In her new function, she succeeds Michael Göbel. She began her career at Daimler in 1992, as product controller at the Sindelfingen plant, in Germany. This was followed by various management positions in project and controlling before she moved to production in 2005. Two years later, she took over the management of program planning and production control at the Sindelfingen plant and subsequently headed seat production and final engine assembly.

Florian Hohenwarter, currently Center Manager for Production Precomponents Casting/Forging & Chassis within the powertrain production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars, will become Head of Production S-, E-and C-Class Mercedes-Benz Cars, effective April 1, 2019. After his electrical engineering studies in 1999, Florian Hohenwarter started his career as a quality engineer at Daimler, and moved to procurement in 2001 for various functions. He subsequently took over the management of the Quality Engineering Center in combination with the supplier recourse Mercedes-Benz Cars, in 2008. From 2011 on, he was responsible for the BBAC (Beijing Benz Automotive Company) localization project lead and afterwards the person in charge for the development of the GRC platform management, at the Beijing site. From 2013, he led the plant logistics BBAC in China. In the end of 2015, Florian Hohenwarter returned to Sindelfingen to take full responsibility for the supply chain of the S- and E-class. He has been managing the production network for cast – and forged components and axles at the main locations Mettingen (Germany), Maribor (Slovenia) and Most (Czechia), since 2018.

“I am delighted that we were able to win Elke Pußkeiler, Michael Göbel, Jason Hoff and Florian Hohenwarter for these demanding tasks of our highly flexible organization Mercedes-Benz Cars Operations. I would like to welcome them in their new functions and wish them much success in the future functions,” says Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain.

Change in management at CASE

Georges Massing, responsible for the “User Interaction & Software” Center Management in Research and Development, will take over as Head of the Department “Digital Vehicle & Mobility” on March 1, 2019. Until this date, Sajjad Khan, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars for CASE and Head of Digital Vehicle & Mobility, will continue to perform this task in simultaneously. Georges Massing began his career in 2001 at the international trainee program of the DaimlerChrysler AG. From 2002 to 2007, he operated in various positions within the procurement and the model series A- and B-Class. In 2007, he moved to the company Magna and managed the power systems EV/hybrid vehicles and light systems in various management positions. He also headed the global advance development at Magna. At the beginning of 2015, he moved to BMW AG in Munich, and was responsible for the development dimensions for haptic controls and interior lights. Since 2016, Georges Massing has been responsible for the management of the "User Interaction & Software" center at Daimler AG and was thus essentially participated in the successful development of user experience. With an attractive product range and record sales, Daimler operates from a position of strength. The new focus on CASE makes products and the group fit for the transformation from an automotive manufacturer to a mobility provider. The goal is to design intuitive mobility for the customers by intelligently dovetailing the CASE topics. With the four CASE topics – Connectivity, Autonomous driving, Shared & Services and E-mobility – – as an integral part of our corporate strategy, Daimler is generating additional synergy effects, greater speed, and greater penetration power across the whole Group.

“With Georges Massing we have succeeded in an excellent occupation and we are happy to welcome him in his new function effective from March 1, 2019. I wish him all the best in taking over the new tasks,” says Sajjad Khan, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars for CASE and Head of Digital Vehicle & Mobility.

Change in management at Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations

Dr Ingo Ettischer to become new Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations on March 1, 2019. Ingo Ettischer is currently Head of Production and the Wörth plant at Mercedes-Benz Trucks in the Daimler Trucks Division. He follows in the footsteps of Frank Klein, who has been in this function since April 2014 after various roles in the Group and is now leaving the company at his own request.

“I am delighted to have gained an experienced operations colleague as a new Member of Management at Mercedes-Benz Vans in the form of Ingo Ettischer, and I wish him all the best and lots of success in his new role,” commented Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Personnel and Labour Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“I would like to thank Frank Klein for his commitment as Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations and I wish him all the best for his future outside the Group,” Porth continued.

Ingo Ettischer began his career in August 2002 at the then DaimlerChrysler AG as Centre Head for Quality Management at the Mercedes-Benz Berlin plant. After various management roles, including in C-Class Assembly Logistics and E-Class Production, in 2008 he took over as Head of C-Class Assembly at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. Following various posts in E-Class Assembly Management and in Assembly and Logistics Planning in Sindelfingen, in 2015 he moved to the Daimler Trucks Division and took over as Head of Production. In 2017, he became Head of Production and the Mercedes-Benz Wörth plant.

Wilfried Porth added the following comment on the new Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations: "I am very much looking forward to working with Ingo Ettischer. With his many years of experience and expertise in various areas of production he brings with him the requisite know-how to lead the global production activities of Mercedes-Benz Vans successfully."

The Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans Operations is responsible for all departments contributing to production, such as Manufacturing, Engineering, Logistics and Quality Management. Mercedes-Benz Vans has production locations in Germany, Spain, the USA, Argentina and, via co-operation partners, in China and Russia.

Successor of Ingo Ettischer will be decided in due course.
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Stuttgart. “We send our sincere congratulations to the Porsche Museum and hope our museum ally continues to be as successful as it has been to date,” affirms Christian Boucke, head of Mercedes-Benz Classic. “With the Porsche Museum and Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart boasts no less than two internationally acclaimed automotive museums. One of the vital reasons many visitors from around the globe come to our city to visit both institutions,” Boucke adds.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum is inviting all Porsche employees on the occasion of the anniversary: on ten of the museum’s working days, from 31 January to 10 February 2019, they will be granted free admission to the Mercedes-Benz Museum upon presenting their staff ID.

Both Stuttgart-based automotive museums have been collaborating as part of a close partnership. Just one example is their admission-based collaboration, available since 2016: visitors showing the corresponding admission ticket of the other museum receive a 25 per cent discount on the regular admission rate.

However, the two automotive brand’s link goes back much further than that. From 1906, company founder Ferdinand Porsche was the Technical Director at the Austrian Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG) and even took on the position of Managing Director in 1917. In 1923, he became Technical Director and Member of the Executive Board at DMG in Untertürkheim. After the merger with Benz & Cie. to form Daimler-Benz AG, Porsche was appointed as a member on this company’s Executive Board in 1926 and assumed joint overall responsibility for vehicle development with Hans Nibel from Benz & Cie.

The Mercedes-Benz Museum’s permanent collection features several vehicles from the era dominated by Porsche. These include the 1924 Mercedes Targa-Florio racing car (Myth 7 room), the 1927 Mercedes-Benz 12/55 hp (Collection 1 room) and the Mercedes-Benz Type SS compressor sports car introduced in 1928 (Myth 3 room).

Since the market launch as an automotive manufacturer after the Second World War, Porsche has also made itself a name in motorsports. Both brands continue to be very successful at various events and also directly compete with each other for the top spot. For instance, in the past, the Porsche 550 Spyder has raced against the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR at Mille Miglia 1955. Porsche and Mercedes factory teams will also be competing against each other in Formula E.
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Motorsports / 24h Dubai and Rolex 24 At Daytona
« Last post by fasteddy on January 16, 2019, 01:03:49 PM »
Dubai / Daytona Beach – In the Dubai 24-hour race, Mercedes-AMG is aiming at its fifth victory in the desert metropolis. The BLACK FALCON team already secured the overall win for the performance and sports car brand from Affalterbach in the years 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2018. This year, the team is running the Mercedes-AMG GT3 with starting number 2 with last year’s race winners Abdulaziz Al Faisal (KSA), Hubert Haupt (GER) and Yelmer Buurman (NED), paired with their new teammate Saud Al Faisal (KSA). The sister car with starting number 3 that retired while on course for victory last year will have Khaled Al Qubaisi (KSA), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED), Ben Keating (USA), Manuel Metzger (GER) and Luca Stolz (GER) as its drivers. Four additional Mercedes-AMG GT3s will be run by CP Racing, Hofor Racing, HTP Motorsport and MP Motorsport, among others with support from Mercedes-AMG Driver Bernd Schneider (GER).

The field of 78 cars in Dubai includes six GT3 and four GT4 cars from Affalterbach. The race starts on Friday, 11 January at 15.00 hrs local time (12.00 hrs CET).

Title defence for the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 in North America Traditionally, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season gets underway with the 24-hour highlight at Daytona. Last weekend (4-6 January) already, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4 teams participated in the “Roar Before the Rolex 24” at Daytona International Speedway. In the major three-day test prior to the classic endurance race, the teams racked up numerous laps and refined their set-ups at the 5.7 kilometres long track.

For Mercedes-AMG, the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports will be racing as the defending IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup champions in Florida. Ben Keating (USA), Felipe Fraga (BRA), Jeroen Bleekemolen (NED) and Luca Stolz (GER) will be alternating as the drivers at the legendary oval. Last year, the team with starting number 33 ended up fourth, only just missing out on a podium finish. With a good result, Riley Motorsports aims at lying the foundation for another title defence, the team already having won the Endurance Cup in 2017 and 2018. The P1 Motorsports team is running the second Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Daytona with Dominik Baumann (AUT), Maximilian Buhk (GER), “JC” Perez (COL) and Fabian Schiller (GER). The start of the Daytona 24 Hours is on Saturday, 26 January, at 12.35 hrs EST (18.35 hrs CET).

On Friday, 25 January, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge already starts its new season with a four-hour race at Daytona. The seven Mercedes-AMG GT4s again include winning Team TGM with starting number 46. Hugh Plumb and Owen Trinkler (both USA) will be racing as the reigning Grand Sport class champions for the team owned by Ted Giovanis (USA), who himself will be racing the team’s second Mercedes-AMG GT4 together with Guy Cosmo (USA).

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing: “2018 was the most successful season in history of Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing. But there is no time to rest on these laurels. Traditionally, the new season already starts in January with two undisputed classics: the 24-hour races at Dubai and Daytona. In both events, teams will be competing as defending champions with our Mercedes-AMG GT3 and GT4. Anticipation and expectations are accordingly high. We know about the strengths of our cars, particularly on the long distance, and we will again support our teams on site with maximum technology, equipment and know-how to start off the new season in a successful way. We wish all the teams and drivers a lot of success and we are delighted to see the lights turn to green for the year 2019.”
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General / Mercedes-Benz's fashion involvement autumn/winter 2019
« Last post by fasteddy on January 15, 2019, 02:24:59 PM »
Berlin. At Mercedes-Benz's invitation, designer Amesh Wijesekera from Sri Lanka today presented his autumn/winter 2019 collection on the MBFW Berlin runway. The show was part of the automotive manufacturer's junior development scheme, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2019. Bettina Haussmann, Head of Branded Entertainment at Mercedes-Benz, then opened the anniversary exhibition on the ewerk's forecourt and announced the new name for the scheme: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talents.

For his autumn/winter 2019 collection, Amesh Wijesekera drew inspiration from his Sri Lankan roots and his life between the European megacity of London and the island in the Indian Ocean. The result is a blend of high-tech know-how and traditional craftsmanship. Skilled weavers and hand-knitters use fabrics displaying richness of detail and elaborate surface structures to bring the psychedelic energy and mythical nature surrounding Sri Lanka to life. Thick knits and patterned fabrics in vibrant colours such as red, magenta, orange, yellow, lime green and azure complemented by black and white dominate the voluminous silhouettes. Styled with lace-ups, sneakers or boots and antique Sri Lankan jewellery, the unisex collection interweaves different worlds to create a harmonious and at the same time eclectic look.

"Ten Years of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talents" exhibition

After the fashion show, Bettina Haussmann, Head of Branded Entertainment at Mercedes-Benz, welcomed visitors to the exhibition marking the tenth anniversary of the Mercedes-Benz junior development scheme in the Pavilion on the ewerk's forecourt. During the event, she announced that the established development scheme was changing its name from "International Designer Exchange Program" to "Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talents".

"Amesh Wijesekera's show has given us another chance to experience the great potential and creativity of up-and-coming designers from around the world in a live setting. We initiated the International Designer Exchange Program ten years ago to help these young fashion designers make inroads into the international markets," says Bettina Haussmann. "Back then, we became aware that appearing on an international platform is an important career step and at the same time a tough challenge, even for designers who are successful in their home countries. This is where we started, using the network that has grown over the years thanks to our involvement in fashion to secure promising talents a place on the show calendars and thus open doors for them. They get the opportunity to present their collections to an international public outside of their home markets. Our support for designers has continued to grow and become more diverse ever since. Now, rather than being purely an exchange scheme, it also includes other initiatives. We therefore decided to give our baby a new name in its tenth-anniversary year: Mercedes-Benz Fashion Talents."

Representing more than 90 designers we have supported since 2009, the exhibition at MBFW includes selected creations by Julia Seemann, Steven Tai and Wataru Tominaga. Julia Seemann from Switzerland was a guest in Berlin two years ago, showing her autumn/winter 2017 collection at the Berlin Fashion Show ("BERLINER MODE SALON") at Mercedes-Benz's invitation. Steven Tai from China was the first designer to present his collection as part of the cooperation with the International Festival for Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories in Hyères. He won the Chloé Prize there in April 2012 and appeared at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin a few weeks later. Wataru Tominaga from Japan came to Berlin in July 2016 as the winner of the Grand Prix du Jury Première Vision at the Hyères festival.

A creation from the German label Opaak by Agathe D. Muffert is also on display. The designer represents the newly established German Fashion Designers Federation e.V., which Mercedes-Benz has supported as a founder member since December 2018.

24 years of Mercedes-Benz fashion activities

Over 24 years Mercedes-Benz has established itself worldwide as a major player in the fashion industry and title sponsor of selected fashion weeks and events. The brand is currently active at 80 fashion events in over 40 countries, including the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Weeks in Sydney, Mexico City, Madrid, Tbilisi and Berlin as well as the renowned International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories in Hyères. In addition to this, Mercedes-Benz has been a member of the Fashion Council Germany (FCG) since 2017 and a member of the German Fashion Designers Federation e.V. (GFDF) since 2018.
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Technology / The Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles
« Last post by fasteddy on January 14, 2019, 09:09:28 PM »
Stuttgart/Las Vegas. At CES 2019 in Las Vegas the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle from the EQ brand is celebrating its US premiere. The EQC (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km, provisional details)[1] symbolises the beginning of a new mobility era at Daimler. With its seamless, clear design and colour highlights typical of the brand, it is a pioneer for an avant-garde electric look while representing the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. With respect to quality, safety and comfort the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles, and highly convincing in the sum of its attributes. These elements are accompanied by dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and rear axles with a combined output of 300 kW. Thanks to an ingenious operation strategy, the EQC has a preliminary range of 450[1]  kilometres (279 miles) according to the European cycle NEDC. EQ also offers comprehensive services with Mercedes me, and makes electromobility convenient and suitable for day-to-day motoring.

As the first Mercedes-Benz model under the new product and technology brand EQ, the Mercedes-Benz EQC has many trailblazing design details and colour highlights typical of the brand. Both inside and out, the EQC embodies the design idiom of Progressive Luxury. This arises from the combination of a previously unknown beauty, the conscious clash of digital and analogue elements as well as the seamless merging of intuitive and physical design.

By virtue of its muscular proportions, the EQC is classed as a crossover SUV. The extended roofline and window layout with a low waistline and the coupé-like roof recess at the rear visually position it between an SUV and an SUV coupé.

Star Car: putting on a big show with the Night Design

A striking feature at the front is the large black-panel surface enclosing the headlamps and grille. Exclusively for the American market the large Mercedes star on the panel is illuminated at night as standard and for the first time it can also be combined with the radar-controlled DISTRONIC. This ensures a particularly impressive look in darkness. The Night Design is also unique thanks to the inclusion of the fibre-optic cable for the first time. As the finishing touch to the top of the Black Panel it provides a visual link to the characteristic Mercedes‑Benz daytime running lights. This creates an almost uninterrupted, horizontal light band. The inner housings and tubes of the standard MULTIBEAM LED headlamps are in high-gloss black. Contrasting colour highlights discreetly confirm the model's membership of the new EQ family: blue stripes on a white background, and MULTIBEAM lettering also in blue.

The high-quality interior of the EQC also pioneers an avant-garde electro-look. One example is the louvred edge of the instrument panel, which resembles the cooling ribs of a hi-fi amplifier. The instrument panel is designed as a driver-oriented cockpit. The typical Mercedes-Benz wing profile is asymmetrical, with a "cut-out" in the driver area. This is where one of the visual highlights of the cockpit is located - a high-tech, high gloss cassette housing flat air vents with key-shaped, rosé-gold coloured louvres.

Powertrain: Dynamic performance meets efficiency

As the first Mercedes-Benz model to be launched under the new product and technology brand EQ, the EQC features an all-new drive system development with compact electric drivetrains at each axle. These give the EQC the driving characteristics of an all-wheel drive.

To reduce power consumption and increase dynamism, the electric drivetrains are configured differently: the front electric motor is optimised for best possible efficiency in the low to medium load range, while the rear one determines dynamism. Together, they generate an output of approx. 300 kW and a combined maximum torque of 765 Nm.

Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. In the EQC the powerpacks are isolated by rubber mounts at two points: where the powerpack connects to its subframe and where the subframe connects to the body. This effective isolation is supplemented with insulation measures. As a result, the interior of the EQC is extremely quiet.

The lithium-ion battery, which has an energy content of 80 kWh (NEDC), supplies the vehicle with power. The power consumption and range of electric vehicles greatly depend on the driving style. The EQC supports its driver with five driving programs, each with different characteristics: COMFORT, ECO, MAX RANGE, SPORT and an individually adaptable program. In the more economical driving modes, the haptic accelerator pedal that prompts the driver to conserve power plays an important role. The driver is also able to influence the recuperation level using so-called paddles behind the steering wheel.

The ECO Assist system gives the driver comprehensive support when driving predictively: by prompting the driver when it is appropriate to come off the accelerator, e.g. because the vehicle is approaching a speed limit, and by functions such as coasting and specific control of recuperation. For this purpose, navigation data, traffic sign recognition and information from the intelligent safety assistants (radar and stereo camera) are linked and processed.

Charging: Flexible and fast

As standard the EQC is equipped with a water-cooled onboard charger (OBC) with a capacity of 7.4 kW, making it suitable for AC charging at home or at public charging stations.

Within the EU the charging process at a Mercedes-Benz Wallbox is up to three times faster than at a household socket; in the USA the time advantage when charging at a Wallbox is even up to eight times as much, because here the voltage at a household socket is usually 120 V. It is faster still with DC charging – which is standard for the EQC, with a suitable market-specific plug – for example via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) in Europe and the USA, CHAdeMO in Japan or GB/T in China. Depending on the SoC (status of charge), the EQC can be charged with a maximum output of up to 110 kW at an appropriate charging station. It then takes around 40 minutes to charge from 10 to 80 percent SoC (provisional figures).

The multimedia system MBUX: with EQC-specific functions

The EQC features the innovative multimedia system MBUX - Mercedes-Benz User Experience - which has numerous EQ-specific functions such as the display of range, charge status and energy flow. EQ-optimised navigation, driving modes, charging current and departure time can also be controlled and set via MBUX.

The MBUX display has a special EQ icon where numerous EQ features are grouped. Alternatively the user can access the EQ menu of the MBUX system directly using a key in the lower left control panel. Thanks to natural language recognition, the EQ-specific voice control helps the driver to operate the EQC.

MBUX Interior Assist: an even greater experience

By recognising movements MBUX Interior Assist brings added intelligence to the interior. Thanks to innovative technology, MBUX now supports the occupants by making various comfort and MBUX functions even simpler and more intuitive. Interior Assist operates in non-contact mode and functions both in sunlight and in complete darkness.

It enables the adaptation of screen content as soon as a hand approaches the touchscreen in the dashboard or the touchpad on the centre console, for example. Individual elements are highlighted according to the currently active menu. In addition, the system is able to distinguish between the driver's and front passenger's wishes and thus knows for whose seat the seat heating is to be activated, for example.

A special feature of Interior Assist is the personal favourites function. The driver and front passenger can both program a personal, favourite function which is initiated using a horizontally outstretched index and middle finger. In this way, any command which is controllable via MBUX can be stored for simple access. One typical favourite command is "navigate me home". The system is also in a position to detect reliably whether it is being operated by the driver or front passenger. This even means that they can each assign their own different favourites with the same hand position.

There are other functions which can be controlled intuitively, without any need to practise corresponding gestures: In the dark, the reading lamp can be switched on and off by briefly extending a hand towards the rear-view mirror, for example. If the driver reaches over towards the (unoccupied) front passenger seat in the dark, it will be illuminated automatically. This makes it easier to find any items which may have been deposited on the seat. As soon as the person's hand leaves this area, the light automatically switches off again.

Intelligent services: Relaxed travel from start to finish

EQ with Mercedes me provides comprehensive services for the electric mobility of today and tomorrow. The most important new services and functions of the EQC planned for market launch include:

Pre-entry climate control: This ensures that the vehicle interior is already at the desired temperature on departure. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me app. A sophisticated system with a heat pump and electric heater boosters pre-climatises the interior.

EQ optimised navigation always bases its calculation on the fastest route taking into account the shortest charging time and the topography. The route planning also responds dynamically to changes, and can take place both offboard and onboard, i.e. externally (via the Mercedes me App) and within the vehicle. Thanks to EQ-optimised navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can easily find charging stations, and Mercedes me Charge gives them convenient access to the charging stations of numerous providers, also beyond national borders. Customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple invoicing.

Active and passive safety: EQC-specific safety concept

The EQC is equipped with the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz driving assistance systems. In the Driving Assistance package, these include new functions such as predictive speed adjustment when approaching the end of a tailback: when a tailback is detected, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC reduces the speed to around 100 km/h as a precaution. In a tailback on the motorway, the lane guidance system keeps the vehicle off-centre to leave space for the emergency services.

The EQC also meets the highest requirements with respect to passive safety: in addition to the usual, extensive programme of crash tests, Mercedes-Benz applies further, particularly stringent safety standards to the battery and all component parts carrying electrical current. These standards exceed legal requirements. The vehicle structure of the EQC has been adapted to suit the special requirements of the electrical components and battery, and is configured to achieve the usual high safety level. For example, a new subframe surrounds the drive components located in the front section, and this unit is supported by the usual mounting points.

Mechanical protection of the battery: the high-safety design begins with the installation position of the high-voltage battery beneath the vehicle floor. The energy storage unit is surrounded by a stable frame that can absorb energy. Deformation elements are installed between the frame and the battery, and these are able to absorb additional forces in the event of a severe side impact. A battery guard in the front area of the battery is able to prevent the energy storage unit from being pierced by foreign objects.

Electrical protection of the high-voltage system: the extensive experience of Mercedes-Benz with high-voltage drive systems has led to a multi-stage safety concept that deploys in the event of an accident. The high-voltage system automatically shuts down, reversibly or irreversibly, according to the severity of the accident. There are also shutdown points where emergency teams can deactivate the high-voltage system manually.

Testing: Endurance tests around the world

By market launch, 200 prototypes and pre-production vehicles of the EQC will have absolved tests covering several million kilometres across four continents (Europe, North America, Asia and Africa). The test program comprises more than 500 individual tests. Like all Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the EQC must absolve the demanding standard test programme. There are also special tests for the electric powertrain, the fuel cell, and the interplay of all powertrain components.

In the process the test experts are able to build upon the extensive findings from their digital testing work, used to ensure both the buildability of the vehicle and for the simulation of e.g. crash behaviour, aerodynamics and NVH: noise, vibration, harshness . In addition there are intensive tests on numerous test rigs at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The ratio between digital and real testing is roughly 35 to 65 percent.

Production: Preparations in full swing in the Bremen plant

Production of the EQC will start in 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The preparations for this are already fully under way. The new EQC will be integrated into ongoing series production as a fully electric vehicle. The very latest production technologies will be employed.

One decisive innovation is the so-called battery-joining centre where the EQC undergoes a second "marriage" following installation of the two electric powerpacks in the bodyshell. This is where the EQCs are recognised as electric models with the help of data tags attached to the body, and equipped with a battery. The body is suspended from a so-called C-carrier and deposited on a frame. Support arms raise the battery to the vehicle's floor from below. An employee monitors the automatic bolting in place.

In parallel with this, production of our own batteries for the EQC is coming on stream at the expanded battery plant in Kamenz (near Dresden).

Alongside Bremen, the Sino-German production joint venture Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC) is also preparing for the production start-up of the EQC for the local market.

 

[1] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.

[2] Figures for power consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and were determined by the German Technical Service. The range figures are also provisional. EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Differences between the stated figures and the official figures are possible.
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