Beijing, May 10 : German automaker Daimler AG has begun a trial production at its first overseas engine plant in China ahead of its full operation scheduled later this year.
Construction of the plant started in July 2011 and is expected to be fully operational in October, reported Xinhua.
The plant is a subsidiary of Beijing Benz Automobile Co., Ltd. (BBAC), a joint venture between BAIC Motor, Daimler AG and Daimler Greater China Ltd that manufactures Mercedes-Benz cars.
Three types of Mercedes-Benz engines, M270, M274 and M276, will be assembled at the plant, which has an initial annual capacity of 300,000 units.
Chennai, April 1 : German automobile group Daimler restructured its commercial vehicles operations in India by integrating its Mercedes Benz bus division with its truck-making company Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd (DICV), said a statement.
In a statement issued here Monday, Daimler India - a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler - said the marketing, sales and service operations of Mercedes Benz-badged buses has been integrated with itself.
The business was until now handled by Mercedes-Benz India Pvt. Ltd., Pune.
Commercial vehicle manufacturer Daimler India Commercial Vehicles (DICV) on Wednesday announced the launch of its three heavy duty trucks in the Indian market.
The three heavy duty trucks in the 25 tonne and 31 tonne categories have been launched under the brand name Bharat Benz. The trucks cost in the price range of 15.7 lakh to 23.1 lakh.
The new range of Dailmer trucks will be available for purchase from October 3 through a network of twenty-eight dealerships spread across the country.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa signed MoU with give different companies to speed up the process of setting up production facities near Chennai. Considered as auto hub of India, Chennai will greatly benefit from the current move.
Ashok Leyland-Nissan Motor Company joint venture will invest nearly Rs 4500 crore to setup commercial vehicle manufacturing facility. Yamaha will have its biggest facility in Chennai to manufacture scooters.
Premium automaker, Daimler has released details about a new Mercedes Benz model, which will be manufactured at the U. S. plant in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and will be released only in 2015.
The new model will be a fresh car and will be fifth in production. The company is investing 350 million towards production of the new Mercedes Benz model, a move that will result in the creation of 400 jobs at the plant, which also produced the 2012 M-Class, GL-Class, and R-Class SUVS. The plant will also produce C-Class Sedan in early 2014.
While the debate between the biggest market among India and China is still on as experts are giving their own point of views to support both the options, China's Beiqi Foton Motor Co, a Daimler AG partner, is believed to be planning for a plant in the Indian market that will be capable of producing 1 lakh unit per annum.
According to the sources familiar with the matter, the company has already established an Indian team for the same is now hunting for a location in the country for its operations.
As the luxury war among the players like BMW, Mercedes, and Audi is getting more intense by the day, there is no denying that the slowdown emerged as a clear factor for the German luxury car major BMW to overpass Mercedes as the #1 carmaker in the Indian market.
According to Peter Alexander Trettin, the head of Daimler's operations in Central & Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, the parent wasn't really very happy when BMW zoomed passed Mercedes-Benz who had been the undisputed leader in the Indian luxury space.
According to the official reports, three auto giants, Renault, Nissan Motor and Daimler, signed a cost-sharing agreement in Paris on Wednesday, they said was required to increase competitiveness.
Daimler Chief Executive Officer Dieter Zetsche at a signing ceremony in Paris, said, "Right away, we are strengthening our competitiveness in the small and compact car segment and are reducing our CO2 footprint."
The New York Times has reported that the three auto companies agreed to share technology related to smaller cars and power trains.
Daimler Commercial Vehicle India Ltd has announced that it will establish a facility near Chennai to produce commercial vehicles.
The company stated that it would make an investment of Rs 4,400 crore by the next five years to make light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles.
Marc Llistosella, chief executive of the company, made this announcement after inaugurating a truck testing facility of the firm.
Marc added that the upcoming facility will have an initial production capacity of 36,000 units during the initial stage, which will be lifted up to 75,000 units.
After suffering the worst year of 2009 and scrapping the dividend after as long as 14 years, Daimler is looking at exiting Tata Motors' via block deals. The company was selling its 5.84% stake in Tata Motors at a discount of around 4-7% as compared to Tata Motors' close price of Monday which stood at Rs. 796.75.
The Stuttgart, Germany-based manufacturer of luxury vehicles, posted an unexpected fourth-quarter loss and said it won't be able to pay the annual dividend, sending the shares in a tailspin, the most in 11 months. Formerly, DaimlerChrysler, Chrysler was sold to Cerberus Capital Management a private equity firm in New York in May, 2007.
The second largest luxury car maker after Bayerische Motoren Werke, better known as BMW, had a 352 million-euro quarterly loss, when compared to 1.5 billion euros loss in the same period of the previous year.
Stuttgart - Daimler has moved to raise its stake in Russian truck maker Kamaz, a spokeswoman for the German company's commercial vehicles division said Friday.
She said Daimler had applied to the Russian Federal Antimonopoly Service to increase the 10 per cent share in Kamaz it purchased for 190 million euros (280 million euros) in December 2008.
The spokeswoman did not say when this would be. "At the moment we don't have any concrete plans," she said.
Rastatt, Germany - Carmaker Daimler plans to invest 3 billion euros (4.5 billion dollars) in its German operations over the next two years, chief executive Dieter Zetsche said Thursday.
Zetsche said 600 million euros would go towards expanding the plant at Rastatt, where the luxury Mercedes A-class and B-class compact cars are produced.
Zetsche said Mercedes planned to increase the number of A-Class and B-Class models from two to four, with some of them being produced at a factory currently under construction in Hungary.
Budapest - The German car maker Daimler on Friday laid the cornerstone of a new production facility in the town of Kecskemet, central Hungary, that will employ some 2,500 people.
Prime Minister Gordon Bajnai said at the ceremony that the investment, which was announced in June 2008, speaks volumes about confidence in Hungary.
Daimler is planning to invest some 800 milllion euros (1.19 billion dollars) in the facility.
The project is the largest single foreign investment to date in Hungary and Daimler's first in Central and Eastern Europe.
Stuttgart, Germany - Rival luxury German carmakers - BMW and Daimler - are continuing to build closer ties including a hybrid vehicle, a senior Daimler executive said in Stuttgart on Monday.
"We have a good relationship," said Thomas Weber, research chief for Daimler, which is the manufacturer of Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the two groups' development officers holding regular meetings.
Weber said it was sensible that the two carmakers continued their cooperation even when the current hybrid car project comes to an end later this year.
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