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  • Thu, Jul. 9, 4:10 AM
    | Thu, Jul. 9, 4:10 AM | 16 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 26, 11:37 AM
    • Jaguar Land Rover (NYSE:TTM) won't develop a true self-driving car, according to R&D chief Wolfgang Epple.
    • Epple says delivering human cargo from point A to point B isn't a goal of the luxury brand.
    • The stance from JLR is different than the vision of Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) CEO Dieter Zetsche who sees autonomous cars becoming "exclusive cocoons" on wheels driven by digital chauffeurs.
    • The fine line between the self-driving concept and cars with advanced autonomous features pivots on decision-making.
    | Fri, Jun. 26, 11:37 AM | 1 Comment
  • Fri, Jun. 19, 11:26 AM
    • The EPA and NHTSA have published a new set of rules covering fuel efficiency on medium and heavy duty vehicles built for the model year 2018 and beyond.
    • The agencies forecast the program will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 1B metric tons and lower fuel costs by $170B for the lifetime of the vehicles manufactured under the program.
    • Though the release of tighter emission rules has been widely anticipated, perhaps a bigger surprise this week was the strong statement made by Pope Francis on the global need to address climate control.
    • The number of companies that could ultimately be impacted by the proposed changes if they are enacted spread across various sectors.
    • Joint EPA/NHTSA proposal (.pdf)
    • Encyclical letter from Pope Francis (.pdf)
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    | Fri, Jun. 19, 11:26 AM | 76 Comments
  • Fri, Jun. 19, 10:09 AM
    • The EPA is expected to announce a new set of rules today covering medium and heavy trucks built in the model year 2019.
    • The administration aims to improve fuel efficiency with larger-sized trucks accounting for 20% of all emissions in the transportation sector off a mark of 4% of vehicles on the road.
    • The new rules could also cover light-duty pickup trucks, buses, and delivery vehicles.
    • Related stocks: KNX, PTSI, ODFL, JBHT, R, SWFT, CNW, GM, F, OTCPK:DDAIF, NAV, OTCPK:VOLVY, CMI, PCAR.
    | Fri, Jun. 19, 10:09 AM | 24 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 16, 8:19 AM
    • Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) car registrations +11.5% to 70,053 units in May, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
    • Overall EU registrations +1.3% Y/Y to 1,109,893 units in May with demand strong in Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, and Spain.
    • Daimler market share: 6.1% vs. 5.5% a year ago.
    • Daimler YTD registrations +13.8%.
    • Results include the Mercedes and Smart brands.
    • EAMA release (.pdf)
    | Tue, Jun. 16, 8:19 AM | Comment!
  • Tue, Jun. 16, 7:19 AM
    • Germany is expected to make a decision by the end of the year if it will provide major incentives for the electric vehicle industry to reach a goal of one million EVs on German roads by the end of the decade.
    • The nation faces some pressure from an European Union mandate to help automakers cut vehicle fleet emissions to 95 grams/km by 2021.
    • "Germany will have no choice but to offer further support (for EVs) although we've already done some things," noted Chancellor Angela Merkel at an EV conference.
    • Related stocks: OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:DDAIF, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY.
    | Tue, Jun. 16, 7:19 AM | 61 Comments
  • Tue, Jun. 2, 2:11 PM
    • Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) unit sales +12.2% to 33,189 units.
    • Sales growth by Mercedes class: C-Class +40% to 7,413; E-Class -36% to 3,942; S-Class -11.6% to 1,922; M-Class -2.3% to 3,991; GL-Class -0.2% to 2,322.
    • Sprinter sales up 23.3% to 2,769 units.
    • Smart sales increased 21.5% to 837.
    • YTD Mercedes-Benz sales for all three brands +9.0% to 150,868 units.
    | Tue, Jun. 2, 2:11 PM | Comment!
  • Fri, May 29, 12:58 PM
    • Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) announces it will advance its stationary energy storage business in a partnership with one of its subsidiaries and utility firm EnBW Energie Baden-Wuerttemberg.
    • New energy storage systems designed for business or home use will be sold under the Mercedes-Benz brand name.
    • Daimler sold its stake in Tesla Motors last year in advance of a deeper push into lithium-ion battery production.
    | Fri, May 29, 12:58 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, May 21, 1:38 PM
    • Reuters reports Mercedes (OTCPK:DDAIF), BMW (OTCPK:BAMXY), and Audi (OTCPK:AUDVF) are partnering with P-E firm General Atlantic to bid for Nokia's (NOK +3.2%) HERE mapping/navigation software unit. Like Bloomberg on Monday, Reuters states HERE could fetch up to $4B.
    • One source states General Atlantic would likely take a 30% stake; another states the automakers are each willing to contribute up to $780M towards a bid.
    • The automakers, also mentioned in past M&A reports about HERE, have reportedly "made an indicative offer for an undisclosed amount." However, they're waiting for Nokia to respond before deciding whether to up their bid.
    • Both Reuters and Bloomberg have reported Baidu, Uber, and P-E firm Apax Partners have launched a separate bid, and that a consortium consisting of Tencent, NavInfo, and Swedish P-E firm EQT Partners has also shown interest.
    • Nokia has rallied to its highest levels since late April, when shares plunged in response to the company's Q1 results. All-stock merger partner Alcatel-Lucent (ALU +2.8%) is also higher.
    | Thu, May 21, 1:38 PM | 44 Comments
  • Tue, May 19, 1:36 PM
    • Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said Alabama is an obvious choice for the company to build a plant for crossover SUV production.
    • Part-owner Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) already builds Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the state.
    • The Aston Martin DBX is expected to debut in 2019 in the U.S. and China.
    • A final decision on the U.S. plant is expected by the end of the year.
    | Tue, May 19, 1:36 PM | 1 Comment
  • Tue, May 19, 7:51 AM
    • Daimler (OTCPK:DDAIF) European car registrations +7.8% to 67,911 units in April, according to the European Automobile Manufacturers Association.
    • Overall EU registrations +6.9% Y/Y in April, led by a strong month in Germany, the U.K., and Italy. YTD registrations +8.2%.
    • Daimler market share: 5.6% vs. 5.6% a year ago.
    • Daimler YTD registrations +14.4%.
    • Results include the Mercedes and Smart brands.
    • EAMA release (.pdf)
    | Tue, May 19, 7:51 AM | Comment!
  • Sat, May 9, 10:55 AM
    | Sat, May 9, 10:55 AM | 61 Comments
  • Thu, May 7, 1:03 PM
    • Freightliner (OTCPK:DDAIF) introduced the first self-driving truck that has been approved legally to operate on roads.
    • The State of Nevada designated the model with the same NHTSA Level 3 rating it gave to Google's autonomous car.
    • The Level 3 distinction means a human driver must be able to take control of the vehicle if there is a software problem.
    • The legal ramifications of landing a Level 4 license (no human intervention) are still being worked out.
    • Previously: Self-driving cars vs. the law (March 20)
    | Thu, May 7, 1:03 PM | 1 Comment
  • Thu, May 7, 6:55 AM
    • Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) reports unit sales rose 11.3% to 148,072 vehicles in April.
    • The double-digit growth for the automaker included a 20.6% gain in China and an increase of 12.8% in the U.S.
    | Thu, May 7, 6:55 AM | Comment!
  • Fri, May 1, 1:24 PM
    • Mercedes-Benz (OTCPK:DDAIF) unit sales +10.6% to 32,432 units.
    • Sales growth by Mercedes class: C-Class +30% to 6,665; E-Class -43% to 3,466; S-Class +5.9% to 2,021; M-Class +29.1% to 4,945; GL-Class -2.6% to 2,195.
    • Sprinter sales up 15.5% to 2,764 units.
    • Smart sales dropped 54% to 480.
    • YTD Mercedes-Benz sales across all three brands +8.2% to 117,860 units.
    | Fri, May 1, 1:24 PM | Comment!
  • Thu, Apr. 30, 11:08 AM
    • A 25-page thesis from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles titled "Confessions of Capital Junkie" presents the case that automakers need to consider consolidating through mergers.
    • The automobile industry is set up for failure unless costs from R&D and regulatory changes can be shared on a larger scale, according to the company.
    • "Capital consumption rate by OEMs is unacceptable—it is duplicative, does not deliver real value to consumers and is pure economic waste," reads the presentation.
    • There's even a slide with a quote from Alice in Wonderland to hammer home the automaker's main points on the need for M&A.
    • Today, Ford CEO Mark Fields told CNBC the company isn't looking for a merger within the auto space. Similar comments have been made by execs with General Motors, Nissan, and Toyota in the recent past.
    • FCA's industry analysis (.pdf)
    • Automaker stocks: GM, F, TM, HMC, TSLA, OTCQX:VLKAY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTC:HYMLF, OTCPK:BAMXY, OTCPK:MMTOF, TTM, OTCPK:SZKMY, OTCPK:FUJHY, OTCPK:GELYF, FCAU, OTCPK:NSANY, OTCPK:DDAIF, OTCPK:MZDAY, TSLA.
    | Thu, Apr. 30, 11:08 AM | 31 Comments
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Company Description
The Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.