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BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars
BMW and Daimler announce partnership for self-driving cars

BMW and Daimler joined forces to develop self-driving car technology. The two typical rivals said in separate announcements last week that the partnership is a long-term contract to help bring autonomous vehicle technologies to market quicker. Specifically, the agreement aims to put Level 4...Read More»

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Smart to leave US market after 2019

The Smart city car experiment in the U.S. will conclude at the end of this year. Daimler, the parent company of Smart and Mercedes-Benz, will pull its its tiny cars from the U.S. and Canadian markets after the 2019 model year. In an email, Smart spokesperson Catherine Gebhardt cited a "declining...Read More»

BMW and Mercedes-Benz self-driving car concepts
BMW and Daimler team up for self-driving car development

BMW and Daimler, the German automaker that owns Mercedes-Benz on Thursday tied the knot by cooperating on advanced next-generation driver-assistance technologies to pave the way for self-driving cars. Long term, the partnership between the two former foes will help bring Level 3, 4, and 5...Read More»

BMW Group CEO Harald Kr├╝ger (left) and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche
Daimler, BMW merge mobility operations with $1.1B investment

German rivals BMW and Daimler said Friday that they've merged their car-share operations in a bid to challenge Lyft, Uber, and others in the burgeoning mobility sector. BMW and Daimler, which owns Mercedes-Benz, invest $1.1 billion combined into the joint venture. The cooperation is organized into...Read More»

2018 Mercedes-Benz SLC-Class (Mercedes-AMG SLC43)
In quest for tech, Chinese automaker Geely grabs 10 percent of Mercedes parent Daimler

Daimler AG announced last week that Li Shifu, the founder of Chinese automaker Geely, had acquired almost 10 percent of the shares in the company. Li didn't buy 9.7 percent of Daimler all at once; the outspoken CEO has been accumulating shares on the open market since last fall. The German...Read More»

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Daimler will 'upgrade' 3 million Mercedes-Benz diesels in Europe (and maybe some in the U.S.)

The past couple of years haven't been kind to diesels or the companies that make them. Among the hardest hit have been German manufacturers like Volkswagen, which has coughed up over $22 billion in fines and fixes so far, with many more opportunities for payouts down the road. (That said, U.S...Read More»

Dieter Zetsche
Daimler diesels targeted in new emissions probe

Yesterday, we learned that French authorities are planning to investigate allegations of emissions fraud involving diesels made by Fiat Chrysler, Volkswagen, Renault, and PSA Group. Now we've learned that Daimler diesels are also the subject of a probe--this one conducted by German officials. That...Read More»

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Volkswagen Dieselgate update: Audi made defeat device in 1999, scandal-related costs rising fast

Last Thursday, Volkswagen surprised more than a few observers by meeting a court-ordered deadline to submit repair plans for 482,000 2.0-liter Audi and VW diesels equipped with defeat devices that help them cheat on emissions tests. That's the good news. The bad news? The recall/buyback plan...Read More»

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Mercedes-Benz & Daimler Test Autonomous 18-Wheeler In Real Highway Traffic

Autonomous cars stir up plenty of emotions in drivers. Some folks lament the fact that their children and grandchildren will never know the joys of driving. (Future children and grandchildren stuck in traffic jams may not feel the same way.) ALSO SEE: Introducing The Car Connection 2016 Driver's...Read More»

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Audi, BMW, Daimler Buy Nokia's Mapping Division For $3.1 Billion To Keep Google Out Of Cars

We are poised at the brink of a revolution. Dramatic as that may sound, it's true: autonomous vehicles are coming, and when they finally arrive, they will upend whole industries, force cities to reevaluate the way they earn money, and of course, bring about radical changes in the way that we get...Read More»

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Smart Kowtows To PETA & Offers A Leather-Free 2016 Fortwo: Can It Save The Brand?

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals -- the activist group that's best known for splattering fur coats with paint and saving Mazda-loving spider colonies from certain doom -- announced a much more modest achievement yesterday. In a blog post, the organization says that it has persuaded...Read More»

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2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Recalled For Potential Steering Problem

Daimler is recalling more than 10,500 Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedans from the 2015 model year. According to Detroit News, some of those vehicles may suffer from a flaw that makes them more difficult to steer, increasing the risk of an accident. ALSO SEE: Tesla & Elon Musk Finally Unveil 'The D'...Read More»

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Zipcar & Other Car-Sharing Services Have Killed 500,000 Auto Sales: Study

Car-sharing services like Zipcar and RelayRides are poised to shake up the auto industry. On a macro-level, they represent a huge change in the way that we view and use automobiles. In more practical terms, they reduce the public's need to buy cars. How much of a reduction have they caused?...Read More»

The Maybach 57 S Edition 125!. Image: Daimler AG
Maybach Is Back -- Not As A Brand, But As High-End Mercedes-Benz

Maybach was shuttered in 2011, after parent company Daimler AG decided that its decade-long relaunch of the century-old luxury brand wasn't worth the trouble. But don't count the old gal out just yet: according to AutoNews, Daimler plans to raise the dead and revive Maybach -- not as an independent...Read More»

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UAW-Automaker War Heats Up Down South, With Nissan On Defense

In Detroit, the Big Three car companies maintain an uneasy truce with the United Automobile Workers union. Troubles flare up from time to time, but both sides usually manage to work through their differences. Like rival cousins, they've been through a lot together. For foreign automakers doing...Read More»

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Will Your Next Car Run On Hydrogen? Ford, Mercedes, Nissan Partner On Fuel Cell Tech

We live in interesting times. (Which is a good thing, by the way, and not a Chinese curse after all.) We are witnessing the long, slow death of automobiles that run on fossil fuels. It may take decades for those vehicles to cycle out of favor, but there's little doubt that the next big thing is...Read More»

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Trending In Social Media This Week: Another Toyota Recall, Ford And GM

Social Car News has partnered with real-time online buzz tracker OneRiot to bring you a weekly report on what's trending in the automotive social media world. Each week we monitor discussions across all platforms including but not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Digg, MySpace and blogs to bring you...Read More»

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BMW Borrows A Page From Zipcar's Playbook

By now, many Americans are familiar with Zipcar and similar car-sharing services. Unlike their close cousins -- car rental outfits like Hertz and Avis, which thrive on tourists and other travelers -- car-sharing companies target local consumers, typically urbanites who live in cities with strong...Read More»

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Daimler Becomes A Yenta For Carpoolers With Car2gether

Zimride. eRideShare. Match.com. Every few months, it seems like someone new is trying to arrange hook-ups between carpoolers. Now, it's Daimler's turn. Daimler has announced plans to launch a new social media service called Car2gether. Much like those other ride-sharing services, Car2gether relies...Read More»

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