Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

Highlights of 2018

At the IAA Commercial Vehicles Show in Hanover in September 2018, Daimler Trucks celebrates the launch of its new Mercedes-Benz Actros flagship, with the special model “Edition 1” limited to 400 units, whose numerous extras provide the driver with a very high level of comfort and safety. Furthermore, selected design elements give the vehicle high recognition value. The new Actros brings groundbreaking innovations that pay off immediately. Operators and drivers alike benefit from extremely levels of efficiency and comfort.


World premiere of the new Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz Vans announces the digital age for our large vans with the new edition of the bestseller. The third generation of the Sprinter represents the division’s development from a pure vehicle manufacturer into a provider of integrated transport and mobility solutions. With new connectivity services, electric drive and individual hardware solutions for the load compartment, the large van will make customers’ business much more efficient in the future.

World premiere of the new A-Class in Amsterdam

The A-Class is more mature and comfortable than ever before. Technologically, it sets itself apart from the competition, and not only with the new MBUX infotainment system. At the same time, it offers a range of safety and driver-assistance systems that were previously reserved for the luxury class. This applies also to its appearance: the purist design with clear surfaces is the next step in the design philosophy of sensual clarity.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class 2018: Seamless Connectivity
Factory 56 – laying the foundation stone for one of the world’s most advanced car production facilities

Mercedes-Benz Cars is building the car production of the future at its Sindelfingen plant - digital, flexible and green: A completely new infrastructure is to be used in Factory 56. The hall is equipped with Wi-Fi throughout, communicates with its surroundings and uses digital tools. A new form of work organization takes employees’ individual needs into account. Factory 56 also features sustainability and energy efficiency, for example through the use of energy from renewable sources. Series production in Factory 56 is to start at the beginning of the next decade with cars and electric vehicles in the upper and luxury classes, as well as self-driving cars.

The Car Factory of the Future: Factory 56
New Daimler trainee program secures tomorrow’s ­executives

Mobility is changing. In order to actively shape this change, outstanding talent is needed. “INspire - the Leaders’ Lab” is Daimler’s new trainee program for university graduates and young professionals with their first practical experience. In 24 months, the participants go through at least four - mainly international - project assignments and numerous training units, optimally preparing them for later management tasks.

Daimler has a new major shareholder

The Chinese entrepreneur Li Shufu acquires a 9.7 % equity interest in Daimler AG. Daimler is pleased to have gained Li Shufu as another long-term investor who is convinced of Daimler’s innovative strength, strategy and future potential.

Daimler Trucks revolutionizes truck production in Brazil

A type of truck assembly line that is completely new for the Brazilian market is put into operation at the São Bernardo do Campo plant. Hyper connectivity (real-time networking of individuals, things and devices) and digital technologies for systems and tools ensure a future-oriented production system. Mercedes-Benz do Brasil has brought together the assembly of light to heavy trucks and the associated parts logistics in a completely new building.

Daimler and BMW Group agree to combine their mobility services

Daimler AG and BMW Group plan to merge their existing offerings for on-demand mobility in the areas of car sharing, ride hailing, parking, charging and multimodality, and to strategically expand them with the aim of becoming one of the leading providers of mobility services. Each of the two companies will hold 50 % of the shares in the joint venture for their combined mobility services. After all the involved antitrust authorities approve the transaction by December 2018, it will be completed in January 2019.


Annual Shareholders’ Meeting approves dividend increase to €3.65 per share (previous year: €3.25)

Approximately 6,000 shareholders attend the meeting at the CityCube in Berlin on April 5, 2018. The resolutions proposed by the management are all adopted by large majorities. The total dividend payout reaches a new high of €3.9 billion and is the highest dividend ever paid by a DAX 30 company.

Daimler strengthens its activities for the respect of human rights

Daimler has developed a systematic approach to respecting human rights, the Human Rights Respect System. With its risk-oriented and systematic approach, it increases the effectiveness of previous measures also along complex supply chains. The company is thus taking another important step towards making mobility sustainable, which also includes the responsible procurement of raw materials.

Settlement on Toll Collect

Daimler Financial Services AG reaches an agreement with Deutsche Telekom AG (consortium partner) and the German Government on terminating the arbitration proceedings regarding Toll Collect. This will allow a dispute lasting more than 14 years to be settled. At the same time, Toll Collect can make a new start without any burdens.

Foundation stone for first “full-flex plant”

Mercedes-Benz Cars starts the construction of its first fully flexible plant in Kecskemét, Hungary. The company is investing a total of €1 billion in the new car plant and creating more than 2,500 jobs. In this full-flex plant, widely differing vehicle architectures can be produced flexibly on one assembly line, from compact models to rear-wheel-drive sedans and with differing drive systems including electric drive. The plant in Kecskemét comprises press shop, body shop, surface processing and assembly. It is highly efficient and has CO2-neutral energy supply.

One million world engines for Daimler Trucks

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Mannheim and Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), together reach a special milestone in the international powertrain network: Together, the two plants have produced a total of 1,000,000 heavy-duty engines, underscoring the success of the common platform strategy for the drivetrains of Daimler Trucks.

Daimler adjusts its earnings guidance

Daimler AG reassesses its earnings potential for the year 2018. At Mercedes-Benz Cars, lower SUV sales and higher costs are to be expected due to higher tariffs on vehicles imported into the Chinese market from the United States. In addition, the certification process according to the new WLTP (Worldwide Harmonized Light Vehicles Test Procedure) standard will lead to expenses in the second half of the year.


World premiere of the all-electric eCitaro

It operates free of local emissions and almost noiselessly. It combines the tried-and-tested platform of the bestselling Mercedes-Benz city bus of all time with new technological solutions and an independent design. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro raises electric mobility with city buses to a new level and impresses with its innovative thermal management with outstanding energy efficiency and range security.

Weltpremiere des neuen vollelektrischen Mercedes-Benz Citaro I 60 Sekunden
Milestone for new corporate structure

The Board of Management and the Supervisory Board approve the structural further development of the company. Daimler thus reaches an important milestone along the way to a new Group structure. Three independent entities under the umbrella of Daimler AG are to meet future challenges and systematically utilize the opportunities offered by the mobility of the future. The shareholders will decide on the new structure at the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on May 22, 2019. The separation can then take place in the fall of 2019.

Mercedes-Benz starts in the era of electric mobility

Mercedes-Benz celebrates the world premiere of the new all-electric EQC in Stockholm (combined power consumption: 22.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, preliminary figures*). As a purely battery-powered vehicle, the EQC stands for a convincing combination of comfort, quality and suitability for everyday use. Visually, the crossover SUV is a pioneer of avant-garde electric aesthetics.

Mercedes-Benz EQC world premiere in Stockholm | Highlights
World premiere of the new Actros in Berlin

Shortly before the 2018 IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair, Daimler Trucks presents the new flagship of the Mercedes-Benz brand in Berlin. The new Actros raises safety for all road users, efficiency for the operator and comfort for the driver to very high levels. The most important and spectacular innovation is Active Drive Assist. With Active Drive Assist, Daimler Trucks is putting partially automated driving into series production.

IAA 2018: Weltpremiere für den revolutionären neuen Mercedes-Benz Actros
Vision URBANETIC: needs-oriented, efficient and sustainable

With its Vision URBANETIC, Mercedes-Benz Vans presents a revolutionary mobility concept that goes far beyond previous ideas of automated and autonomous vehicles. It removes the distinction between passenger and goods transport and is intended to facilitate the sustainable and efficient transport of persons and goods in line with differing requirements.

World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC.
Daimler Supervisory Board sets the course for the future

Manfred Bischoff’s appointment as Chairman of the Supervisory Board will terminate at the end of the 2021 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. The Supervisory Board intends to propose to the Annual Shareholders’ Meeting that Dieter Zetsche be elected to the Supervisory Board at that time. Manfred Bischoff will recommend the election of Dieter Zetsche as his successor as Chairman of the Supervisory Board. In order to comply with the two-year cooling off period, Dieter Zetsche will resign from the Board of Management at the end of the 2019 Annual Shareholders’ Meeting. As a result, the Supervisory Board decides to appoint Ola Källenius as Chairman of the Board of Management and Head of the Mercedes-Benz Cars division following the 2019 Annual Shareholders Meeting.


Daimler DigitalLife Day @IL for lawyers, data-protection specialists and integrity and compliance managers

How do lawyers, data-protection specialists and integrity and compliance managers approach digitization? More than 400 participants deal with this question at the Daimler DigitalLife Day @IL (Integrity and Legal) in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart. Experts discuss with the audience issues such as big data, new working methods, current developments in legal tech, artificial intelligence and block chains. On three stages, under the motto “#empower – #shape – #protect,” Integrity and Legal Affairs continues its dialogue on the subject of digitization.

DigitalLife Day @Integrity and Legal Affairs 2018 | 60 seconds
Daimler adjusts its earnings guidance

As a result of current developments, Daimler AG reassesses its earnings potential for the year 2018. This is mainly due to an increase in expected expenses in connection with ongoing governmental proceedings and measures in various regions relating to Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans has posted lower unit sales due to delivery delays. Furthermore, a recent ruling by the European Court of Justice has led to provisions for risks being recognized for the possible need to retrofit certain vehicles that are still equipped with the previously used refrigerant R134a.

Daimler und Bosch: San José is to be a pilot city for ­automated ride sharing

Daimler and Bosch announce an app-based, fully automated and driverless (SAE level 4/5) ride-hailing service. In order to test this service, it is planned that the metropolis of San José, California, will become a pilot city during the second half of 2019. Daimler and Bosch plan to make the service available to selected customers with automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles. The pilot project will provide valuable insights for optimally connecting fully automated vehicles with the users of future mobility services.

#HiFive: Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport wins the Constructors’ Championship in Formula 1

For the fifth time in succession, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport secures the Constructors’ World Championship in FIA Formula 1 racing. In addition, they are delighted about a fifth consecutive title double, as Lewis Hamilton wins the Drivers’ Championship. The team has once again proven its competitiveness and technical expertise, culminating in the hybrid drive engine used in the Mercedes F1 W09 EQ Power.

Party Time In Brazil! 2018 F1 World Championship Celebrations!
Mercedes-Benz delivers the first all-electric eCitaro city bus to Hamburg

Mercedes-Benz delivers the first series-produced model of the all-electric eCitaro city bus to Hamburg. It is the first bus of a major order for 20 vehicles from a German transportation company. The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is the first fully electric city bus developed and manufactured in Germany. With its quiet and locally emission-free operation, it is an important factor for reducing emissions, especially in urban areas.

Daimler buys battery cells in a total volume of €20 billion

With extensive contracts for battery cells until the year 2030, Daimler sets another important milestone for the electrification of the future electric cars of the EQ product and technology brand, as well as for electric vans, buses and trucks. Together with the supply partners, this aims to ensure that the global battery production network is supplied with the latest technologies today and in the future.

Daimler establishes Germany’s biggest corporate pension fund

Daimler AG establishes a pension fund for its retirees. As of January 2019, approximately 80,000 pensioners will receive their benefits out of the company pension scheme directly from Daimler Pensionsfonds AG. For this purpose, Daimler AG has allocated assets of approximately €8.2 billion to the pension fund. The pension fund is subject to the German Insurance Supervision Act (Versicherungsaufsichtsgesetz) and is regulated by the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (Bundesanstalt für Finanzdienstleistungsaufsicht).


* Figures for electricity consumption and CO2 emissions are provisional and non-binding and have been determined by an external technical institution. The range figures are also provisional and non-binding. EC type approval and a certificate of conformity with official figures are not yet available. Deviations are possible between the stated figures and the official figures.

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