Research and development

With our research and development activities, our goal is to further strengthen Daimler’s competitive position against the backdrop of upcoming technological challenges. With new and attractive products, we want to inspire our customers and utilize the growth opportunities offered by worldwide automotive markets. We are increasingly focusing on the strategic areas for the future of connectivity, automated and autonomous driving, flexible use and services, and electric drive (CASE). We aim to occupy a leading position in these areas, both individually and by linking them up intelligently. In order to achieve our goals, we will maintain our total expenditure for research and development in 2019 at the very high level of the previous year. At Mercedes-Benz Cars, a large part of that expenditure will flow into the renewal of the product portfolio. The division’s most important projects are the successor models for the C-Class, the S-Class and the new compact cars, as well as the expansion of the model range of the EQ product and technology brand. We are also working hard on new, low-emission combustion engines, electric mobility, the connectivity of our vehicles, and innovative safety technologies for automated and autonomous driving. The topics of electric mobility, connectivity and automated driving will play an important role also at Daimler Trucks. Other key areas are successor generations for existing products, fuel efficiency and emission reductions, as well as tailored products and technologies for important growth markets. Key projects at Mercedes-Benz Vans are the successor generation of the Sprinter and the further development of the Vito and the V-Class. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz Vans is pushing forward with the electrification of its commercial model series. Another important topic is the connectivity of products and processes, especially the innovative connectivity solution, Mercedes PRO. The Daimler Buses division is focusing its development activities on new products, compliance with future emission standards and further reductions in fuel consumption. An important role is also played by alternative drive systems, especially electrification, and additional pioneering projects relating to automation functions and autonomous driving.

Capital expenditure