Market launch of Mercedes-Benz GLC F-Cell fuel cell plug-in hybrid

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Mercedes-Benz has handed over the first GLC F-CELL ( earlier post ) vehicles to selected customers in the German market. The Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.34 Alongside various national and regional ministries as well as the National Organization Hydrogen (NOW) and H 2 Mobility, the first customers in the German market also include Deutsche Bahn, the German railways.

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Mercedes-Benz bringing series of 3rd-generation plug-in hybrids to market; EQ Power, gasoline or diesel; C-, E- and S-Class

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Mercedes-Benz is delivering the first new third-generation plug-in hybrids—labelled EQ Power—to customers now and over the coming months. Mercedes-Benz is initially using this type of powertrain in the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class. Another first is the combination of plug-in-hybrid technology with a fuel cell in the new Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption 0.34 The Mercedes-Benz C 300 de as sedan or wagon (combined fuel consumption 1.6

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Mercedes-Benz Cars plants to source electricity from German wind farms

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Mercedes-Benz Cars has entered into a power purchase agreement with Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, enabling Mercedes-Benz Cars to source electricity directly from wind farms in Germany, whose subsidies from the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) expire after 2020. The power will be used to supply the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen as well as to the German battery production locations such as Kamenz and Stuttgart-Untertürkheim.

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Producing the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL fuel-cell SUV

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Daimler is currently systematically preparing for series production of the Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL; the company had shown preproduction models of the hydrogen fuel cell SUV at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt last September ( Earlier post.). The plug-in hybrid SUV will be produced at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. Mercedes’ partner EDAG supports the plant with respect to integration of the drive system, and is located in the immediate vicinity of the plant.

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New Mercedes-Benz GLE features 48V active suspension system

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The new Mercedes-Benz GLE features a number of significant innovations, including the 48V active suspension system E-ACTIVE BODY CONTROL—a world first. The GLE will receive a completely new range of engines on market launch in early 2019. This is the only system in the market where the spring and damping forces can be individually controlled at each wheel. l/100 km; combined CO 2 emissions: 220 – 190 g/km), and is available on market launch.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils Gen4 A-Class; bigger, new engines, focus on content and user experience

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In an event in Amsterdam, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new A-Class compact line. The new fourth-generation A-Class vehicles are larger than their predecessors, and feature the MBUX – Mercedes-Benz User Experience with a number of functions that were previously the preserve of the luxury class. The new A-Class can be ordered from March onwards, and the market launch commences in the spring. The M 282 was developed by Mercedes-Benz in cooperation with Renault.

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Mercedes-Benz fuel cell SUV PHEV in production; first units of GLC F-CELL to be delivered by end of October

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By 2022, Mercedes-Benz’ entire product range will be electrified. As part of the drive to the last option, Mercedes-Benz is putting the GLC F-CELL—a plug-in hybrid combining a 13.5 Compared with the B-Class F-CELL, on the market since 2010 (fuel consumption: 0.97 Mercedes-Benz's safety assistance systems are also all on board the GLC F?CELL. Marketing focus on H?

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Mercedes-Benz HD electric truck eActros entering practical customer trials; Hermes first of 20

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks is starting practical trials for its all-electric heavy-duty eActros truck. —Stefan Buchner, Head of Mercedes-Benz Trucks. Practical operation of the eActros by customers is preceded by intensive advice from the experts at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. The frame of the Mercedes-Benz Actros is used as the basis for the eActros.

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Mercedes-Benz delivers electric eActros heavy-duty truck to Meyer-Logistik

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks has delivered another all-electric eActros ( earlier post ) to a customer for on-road testing: Meyer-Logistik. —Oliver Kraft, Head of Key Account Management Mercedes-Benz Trucks Germany. The frame of the Mercedes-Benz Actros is used as the basis for the eActros. In the van sector, the eVito from Mercedes-Benz Vans has been orderable since November 2017 and the first deliveries are due very soon.

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Mercedes-Benz to invest ~€500M to produce electric compact EQ model at Hambach plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is expanding its production capacities for electric cars in Europe. Mercedes-Benz Cars plans to launch more than ten electric cars by 2022 throughout all segments, from smart to large SUVs. The company assumes that unit sales of electric models will represent a share of somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of total Mercedes-Benz sales by 2025. In Germany the smart brand is the market leader among all-electric vehicles in the first quarter of 2018.

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Krakow orders 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid buses

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The Krakow public transport authority, Poland’s second-largest public transport authority, has placed an order for 30 Mercedes-Benz Citaro hybrid vehicles as well as 56 conventional Citaro buses. The Citaro hybrid buses are based on the hybrid technology unveiled by Mercedes-Benz last year ( earlier post ), and offer a fuel saving of up to 8.5% The city of Gdansk is also investing in city buses from Mercedes-Benz.

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Euro car market has best H1 of century; diesels down 17%; AFVs up 31% for 5.4% of total; SUVs booming

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The European car market recorded its best H1 performance of the century, with 8.6 Despite uncertainty in the UK, where the market was down 6.3% on H1 2017, the growth recorded in Germany, France and Spain allowed the overall market to keep growing. It was certainly a good first half for the European market and this is due to the choice that consumers now have. The diesel decline continued during the first six months of 2018, as registrations were down by 17%.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks puts partially automated driving into series production with new heavy-duty Actros

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks unveiled the new Actros truck, featuring Active Drive Assist, with which Mercedes-Benz Trucks puts partially automated driving into series production. The new Actros can be ordered as of the IAA 2018 Commercial Vehicles Show and the first vehicles will be delivered to customers next spring. Active Drive Assist builds upon the tried-and-tested adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go function and the lane-keeping assistant from Mercedes-Benz.

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European car market volume dropped 23.4% in September due to WLTP issues; electrics and SUVs bucked that trend

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The European car market recorded the highest monthly decline of the last decade in September 2018, as 1.12 JATO’s analysis of 22 markets (98% of the volume of Europe-27) found a correlation between the availability of WLTP-homologated derivatives and the variation in registration figures during September. The decline was most strongly evident with diesel cars, which recorded one of its lowest market shares ever with just 32.9% in September 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz unveils new EQC electric crossover SUV; series production in 2019

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Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the first member of its EQ electric vehicle line-up: the new Mercedes-Benz EQC crossover SUV. 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. Mercedes-Benz engineers have enhanced noise comfort with a number of measures. It can be programmed directly via MBUX or via the Mercedes me App.

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New Mercedes-Benz A-Class set up for private car sharing

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The new Mercedes-Benz A-Class ( earlier post ) is already set up for private car sharing: Mercedes me allows the new compact car to be shared with friends and family members. Operation is simple and secure using the Mercedes me app Car Sharing. million people in Germany are registered with providers such as market leader car2go. Mercedes me is now extending its services to include private car sharing: the Mercedes me app Car Sharing allows A?Class

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Mercedes-Benz unveils new Sprinter; focus on connectivity; electric drive in 2019; realizing adVANce

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Mercedes?Benz Mercedes-Benz is investing some €2.5 billion) around the globe in the new Sprinter's development, its worldwide production network, and sales and after-sales, said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes?Benz The current model of the Sprinter has been on the market since 2006. The new Sprinter is available for order now and will be launched in the European market starting in June 2018.

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Mercedes-Benz targeting average diesel NOx of ~30mg/km in RDE Stage 2 tests by 2020; approaching 20mg in following years

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With the market launch of the new A-Class ( earlier post ), the new diesel engines from Mercedes-Benz are now available from the compact class to the luxury class. With these engines, Mercedes-Benz vehicles achieve average NO x emissions of between 40 and 60 mg/km over many thousands of kilometers of driving on the road under the conditions of the Real Driving Emissions (RDE) measuring method. Mercedes-Benz 4-cylinder-diesel engine OM608.

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Mercedes-Benz EQC EV soaking up summer heat of up to 50?C in trials in Spain

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Mercedes-Benz will run the Mercedes-Benz EQC electric vehicle through hot weather trials in Spain. Systematic complete-vehicle validation is among the extensive measures in the development process of every Mercedes-Benz model series. Before a new product goes into production, the complete vehicle must reach a maturity level set by Mercedes-Benz.

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Mercedes-Benz to build electric vehicles in 6 plants on 3 continents; global battery network; EQC in 2019

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Mercedes-Benz is in the process of building out hubs for the production of electric vehicles and batteries around the globe. Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain said that Mercedes-Benz will build its electric vehicles in six plants on three continents. By 2022, Daimler will electrify the entire portfolio of Mercedes-Benz, offering customers at least one electrified alternative in all Mercedes-model series.

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New Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric van set for European debut

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter commercial van launched today, the later generation of the successful delivery vehicle, and an electric version will enter production in 2019. It will debut initially in European markets, and might possibly make its way to North America—maybe. plug-in cars Mercedes-Benz Vito delivery van Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) Commercial vehicle

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First customers order the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro bus, deliveries this year; solid-state batteries, fuel-cell range-extender coming

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The first Mercedes-Benz battery-electric eCitaro bus ( earlier post ) will be delivered at the end of the year and will go into practical operations in the context of a customer-oriented driving test. Series production of the Mercedes-Benz Citaro with all-electric drive will then begin at the end of the year at the Mannheim bus plant. The platform of the new Mercedes?Benz

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JATO: 2018 record year for EVs; sales up 74% to 1.26M units; overall market stable, as SUVs rule

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2018 marked a record year for the sale of battery-powered electric vehicles, according to data from JATO Dynamics. It was one of the highest increases among all car categories on the global market, which can be explained by several factors, JATO said. Chinese demand for EVs soared throughout 2018, as the car-type gained more visibility among consumers, due in part to their promotion by local governments for their environmental impact.

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Daimler battery subsidiary Accumotive doubles the amount of employees to approximately 1,000

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The wholly-owned Daimler subsidiary Accumotive at the Kamenz location in Germany will employ around 1,000 people by the end of the year—doubling the workforce almost one year earlier than planned, said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. Accumotive was founded in 2009 is producing lithium ion-batteries for Mercedes-Benz and smart brand vehicles.

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Mercedes-Benz Cars invests €1B in new “Full-Flex” car plant in Hungary; Factory 56 applied to full plant

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Mercedes-Benz Cars is starting construction of its first “Full-Flex Plant“ in Kecskemét, Hungary, about 90 km in the south of Budapest. The first global “Full-Flex Plant” of Mercedes-Benz Cars is based on the “Factory 56” principles introduced in February ( earlier post ), and is thus digitized consistently, designed for sustainable production and puts the human at the center of all activities. Mercedes-Benz Cars produced more than 2.4

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Mercedes-Benz eVito goes on sale this fall, eSprinter next year; fuel cell powertrain coming in medium term; Concept Sprinter F-CELL

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Last fall, Mercedes-Benz Vans announced it would offer electric drive options on all its commercial van model lines starting with the mid-size eVito, with further model ranges following in 2019. Now, Mercedes-Benz has announced that the eVito will come to market right after the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles in September with the eSprinter to make its debut next year. Looking to the future, Mercedes-Benz will enhance the eDrive@VANs strategy with the fuel cell.

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Daimler buying more than €20B of battery cells for electric drive vehicles by 2030

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—Wilko Stark, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars, Procurement and Supplier Quality. The company purchases the cells on the world market, ensuring the best possible technology; the company focuses on the core competence of battery assembly. The global battery production network of Mercedes-Benz Cars will in the future consist of eight factories on three continents. Mercedes-Benz Vans electrifies its entire commercial fleet.

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks delivering 10 eActros electric heavy-duty trucks to customers for two years of fleet testing

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Mercedes-Benz Trucks will deliver 10 eActros heavy-duty electric trucks in two variants—two- and three-axle variants with gross vehicle weight of 18 or 25 tonnes—to customers in the next few weeks for testing the everyday feasibility and economic efficiency of the vehicles under real-life conditions. We are now passing both two- and three-axle variants of our heavy-duty electric truck, the Mercedes-Benz eActros, into the hands of customers.

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Nissan begins deliveries of new extended-range electric e-NV200 van to global markets

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Built for global markets in Nissan Barcelona plant, the upgraded model features a new 40 kWh battery, combining the features of the award-winning Nissan NV200 van with the best-selling Nissan LEAF. The introduction of the upgraded e-NV200 follows the launched of a new range of leading pickups in Nissan’s Barcelona plant: the Nissan Navara, Renault Alaskan and Mercedes Benz X-Class. Nissan’s upgraded e-NV200 is now being shipped to customers.

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Daimler launches new DENZA 500 electric vehicle for the Chinese market; 500 km range

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The brand also expanded its reach through selected Mercedes-Benz dealer partners, which now offer sales and after-sales service for DENZA vehicles. Daimler and BYD Automotive Industry Co., have launched the new DENZA 500 battery-electric vehicle from their joint venture, Shenzhen DENZA New Energy Automotive Co., DENZA Auto).

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IIHS study finds GM front crash prevention systems cut police-reported crashes

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The results echo an earlier IIHS study involving Acura, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Subaru and Volvo vehicles, which found that the combination of forward collision warning and autobrake reduced front-to-rear crash rates by 50% for crashes of all severities and 56% for front-to-rear crashes with injuries.

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Daimler to invest €145M in second R&D site in Beijing

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This marks the further expansion of the company’s footprint in its single largest market and will be its second major R&D site in Beijing, following the Mercedes-Benz R&D Center established in 2014. BBAC), the R&D Tech Center will allow Daimler to accelerate the localization of new Mercedes-Benz products in China. We remain positive for further growth opportunities in China, our largest market, and will continue with our investment here.

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Mercedes-Benz will be producing 8 all-electric EQ models in 2022

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In 2022, Mercedes-Benz’ global portfolio will include eight all-electric Mercedes-EQ models. The global Mercedes-Benz production network is ready for the company’s electric product offensive and is integrating its Mercedes-EQ models into series production in its existing plants.

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Consumer Reports: Tesla and other domestic brands take big steps backwards in reliability rankings

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Three other brands, Porsche, Volkswagen, and Mercedes-Benz, finished midpack. Volvo drops six spots from last year as it rapidly brings a number of new models to market. Mercedes-Benz declined three spots to number 17. The latest Consumer Reports Annual Auto Reliability Survey, gathered information from Consumer Reports members who collectively owned or leased more than 500,000 vehicles, from model years 2000 to 2018, covering more than 300 models. Market Background

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Daimler Trucks launches E-Mobility Group; single global electric architecture

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Its sister brand, Mercedes-Benz, will put its medium-duty eActros on the road for customers this year as well. Mercedes-Benz eActros electric heavy-duty truck. Effective 1 July 2018, Gesa Reimelt will establish and lead this new entity. As the undisputed global market leader, we aim to take the leading role in the field of electric-powered trucks and buses. It is the market leader in Germany, Europe and the NAFTA region.

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Daimler AG Board approves Project Future corporate restructure; goes to shareholders in 2019

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The new structure comprises three legally independent entities—Mercedes-Benz AG, Daimler Truck AG and Daimler Mobility AG—under the umbrella of Daimler AG. Under the new structure Daimler plans to give its divisions greater entrepreneurial freedom, position them even closer to their markets and customers, while empowering them to enter partnerships more easily and quickly. The steps toward implementation will be taken in 2018 and 2019.

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Ford boosting production targets for full-size SUVs by about 25%; increasing line speed at Kentucky Truck Plant

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The company is increasing line speed at its Kentucky Truck Plant to build more Lincoln Navigator and Ford Expedition SUVs, boosting production targets approximately 25% since last fall when the SUVs hit the market. 2018 Lincoln Navigator unveiled at New York Auto Show in 2017. The 2018 Navigator is powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with 450 horsepower and 510 lb-ft of torque, delivered through a 10-speed transmission. In January 2018, overall Ford Motor Company U.S.

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Daimler 1st int’l automaker to obtain road test license for highly automated driving in Beijing; Baidu and Apollo platform

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With this approval, Mercedes-Benz test vehicles will now begin real road tests to further perfect the technology in the Chinese capital of Beijing, a metropolis with unique and complex urban traffic situations. To qualify for the license, Mercedes-Benz vehicles equipped with additional technical applications from Baidu Apollo undertook extensive testing at the National Pilot Zone (Beijing and Hebei) for Intelligent Mobility, with test drivers receiving rigorous automated driving training.

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Mercedes-Benz eActros electric trucks moving to Rotterdam and The Hague

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After about a year of intensive practical use by ten customers in Germany and Switzerland, eight of the purely battery-powered Mercedes-Benz eActros trucks are now successively going to new customers in Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

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EPA fuel economy report finds weight and power leveling off, footprint stable

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Since MY 2008, market share has shifted towards car SUVs and truck SUVs, and away from cars, pickups, and minivans/vans. Other findings from this year’s report include: Sport utility vehicles reached record high market share , while also achieving record low CO 2 emissions and record high fuel economy. Truck SUVs reached a record market share of 29%, resulting in a record 41% market share for combined SUVs in MY 2016.

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New Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatchback to spawn CLA sedan, EQA electric car

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The Mercedes-Benz CLA compact sedan made a big splash when it first arrived as a 2014 model, complete with a much-discussed Super Bowl ad spot the previous year. The small, coupe-like sedan was built on the underpinnings of the smallest Mercedes on the market, the A-Class sold in Europe since the 1990s as a five-door hatchback.

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car2go launches in Chicago, grows worldwide

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Carsharing service car2go has opened its tenth North American location; the new Chicago fleet comprises 400 vehicles, including smart fortwo and Mercedes-Benz CLA and GLA vehicles. Including the newest location in Chicago, car2go is now operating in 25 cities on three continents and continues to strengthen its market leadership in the free-floating carsharing sector. The number of car2go customers has increased by 10% in the first six months of 2018 to a global total of 3.3

Auto Alliance pushing for passage of Maryland SB 1234 that would require state purchase of ZEVs; 50% of LDVs by 2026

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The bill would take effect 1 July 2018. In order to develop a sustainable market for these vehicles, it is important that all stakeholders from government, automakers, dealers, fuel providers, charging manufacturers, and utilities alike work together to develop a comprehensive and sustained strategy for success.

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