Mercedes-Benz Cars performed well in the market during the year under review, despite difficult conditions. Unit sales and revenue were above the high levels of the previous year, and Mercedes-Benz continues to be the premium brand with the strongest unit sales in the automotive industry. However, EBIT declined significantly in 2019. During the year under review, we systematically forged ahead with our model offensive. In total, Mercedes-Benz launched more than a dozen new or upgraded models in 2019, including the new B-Class, the A-Class sedan and the new GLB. We also launched the EQC (combined electricity consumption: 20.8–19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1, the first vehicle of our EQ electric-mobility brand. Mercedes-Benz’s stand at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) was dominated by the presentation of sustainable solutions for the future of mobility. Our numerous world premieres at the event underscored our firm intention to continue designing and offering intelligent mobility solutions in the future.
Ongoing high levels of unit sales and revenue
The Mercedes-Benz Cars division sold a total of 2,385,400 vehicles in 2019 despite difficult overall conditions (2018: 2,382,800). The division thus surpassed the record level of unit sales set in the previous year. At €93.9 billion, revenue also exceeded the previous year’s high level (+1 %). (See table C.01) This development was in large part due to the extensive market success of our new compact-class models and continued strong demand for the E-Class and our SUVs. EBIT decreased significantly to €3.4 billion in the year under review as the result of various factors, which are described in detail in the »Profitability« section.
C.01 Mercedes-Benz Cars
| ||2019 ||2018 ||19/18 |
|€ amounts in millions || ||% change |
| || || || |
|Revenue ||93,877 ||93,103 ||+1 |
|EBIT ||3,359 ||7,216 ||-53 |
|Return on sales (in %) ||3.6 ||7.8 ||. |
|Investment in property, plant and equipment ||5,629 ||5,684 ||-1 |
|Research and development expenditure |
|Production ||2,397,673 ||2,398,270 ||-0 |
|Unit sales ||2,385,432 ||2,382,791 ||+0 |
|Employees (December 31)1 ||152,048 ||151,316 ||+0 |
Mercedes-Benz Cars sold a total of 992,200 vehicles in Europe in 2019 (2018: 982,700). Sales growth in Germany (+4 %) was accompanied by decreases in Italy (-1 %) and Spain (-5 %). Unit sales in the volume markets of the United Kingdom and France remained at the levels of the previous year. The Mercedes-Benz Cars division remained very successful in China during the year under review, with unit sales there increasing by 2 % to 694,200 vehicles. We also set new records for unit sales in other Asian markets, in South Korea for example (+18 %). At 368,900 vehicles, unit sales in the NAFTA region were lower than the high level of the previous year. Decreases were recorded in the United States (-4 %) and in Canada (-12 %).
Ninth consecutive record year for Mercedes-Benz Cars
At 2,278,300 vehicles, unit sales by the Mercedes-Benz brand surpassed the record level of the previous year by 1 %. (See table C.02) Mercedes-Benz is thus once again the premium brand with the strongest unit sales in the automotive industry. Mercedes-Benz is number one in the premium segment in Germany and several other key European markets, as well as in South Korea, India, Australia, Canada and Japan. Furthermore, we are the number one in the premium segment also in China, with a new sales record in that country.
C.02 Unit sales Mercedes-Benz Cars
| ||2019 ||2018 ||19/18 |
|in thousands || ||% change |
| || || || |
|Mercedes-Benz ||2,278 ||2,253 ||+1 |
|thereof A-/B-Class ||527 ||409 ||+29 |
| C-Class ||440 ||478 ||-8 |
| E-Class ||418 ||434 ||-4 |
| S-Class ||75 ||84 ||-10 |
| SUVs1 ||790 ||829 ||-5 |
| Sports cars ||28 ||19 ||+48 |
|smart ||107 ||130 ||-18 |
|Mercedes-Benz Cars ||2,385 ||2,383 ||+0 |
|thereof Europe ||992 ||983 ||+1 |
| thereof Germany ||335 ||324 ||+3 |
| NAFTA ||369 ||393 ||-6 |
| thereof United States ||313 ||327 ||-4 |
| Asia ||940 ||921 ||+2 |
| thereof China ||694 ||678 ||+2 |
In total, Mercedes-Benz launched more than a dozen new or upgraded models in 2019. In particular our new compact models, including the new B-Class, the A-Class Sedan and the new GLB, played a major role in our sales growth in the year under review. However, our AMG models also generated significant sales momentum. More and more customers are fascinated by the broad and appealing range of automobiles offered by our sports-car and high-performance brand, which we are continuously refining.
The A-Class and B-Class models were particularly successful in the year under review. Unit sales of these models, including the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake, increased by 29 % to a total of 527,000 vehicles. Sales of C-Class vehicles decreased by 8 % to 439,600 sedans, wagons, coupes and convertibles. The E-Class continued to perform very well on the market. At 418,100 vehicles, total unit sales of the E-Class did not achieve the high level of the prior year. With sales of 71,300 units, the S-Class sedan continues to be the world’s best-selling luxury sedan. In total, we sold 75,400 vehicles in this market segment in 2019 (2018: 83,800). The Mercedes-Maybach luxury brand continued to be very successful. Our unit sales in the SUV segment were impacted by the model changes for the GLE and the GLS. Demand for the new models was much higher than the actual number of vehicles available. Unit sales, however, achieved the very high level of 789,800 vehicles (2018: 829,200). In the summer of 2019, we also implemented a very successful model upgrade for the GLC and GLC coupe, both of which remain very popular. Sales of our sports cars rose by 48 % to 28,400 units; this increase was largely due to the market success of our Mercedes-AMG GT models.
The sales development for the smart brand during the year under review was largely shaped by measures associated with the complete conversion of the smart to all-electric drive by 2020. Within the framework of this changeover, the number of vehicles with combustion engines offered by smart was gradually reduced throughout the year. All in all, the smart brand sold a total of 107,100 fortwo and forfour models in approximately 40 markets worldwide in 2019 (2018: 130,000).
IAA 2019: on the road to an emission-free future
Mercedes-Benz’s appearance at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt from September 10 to 22, 2019 was dominated by the presentation of sustainable solutions for the future of mobility. Numerous world premieres at the event underscored the intention of the inventor of the automobile to continue designing and offering intelligent mobility solutions. The new Vision EQS show car, which celebrated its world premiere at IAA 2019, embodies the flexible and customer-focused vision of sustainability that the Mercedes-Benz EQ product and technology brand stands for. Also on display for the first time were new plug-in hybrid derivatives from Mercedes-Benz and the first all-electric multipurpose vehicle from the EQ brand. The GLB also had its auto show premiere, while smart, a pioneer for urban mobility, presented model upgrades of its electric city cars for the first time in Frankfurt.
Mercedes-Benz Cars at IAA 2019 | Highlights
The new Mercedes-Benz GLB - with up to seven seats
The Mercedes-Benz GLB had its world premiere on June 10, 2019 in Utah in the United States. It was then presented for the first time at an auto show during the IAA in September 2019. The new Mercedes-Benz GLB is a versatile SUV that can also function as a spacious family car. The GLB’s SUV attributes are underscored by powerful proportions with short overhangs and an off-road-oriented design, as well as the optional 4MATIC all-wheel drive and a special off-road light that helps detect obstacles immediately in front of the vehicle at low speeds. The GLB is the first Mercedes-Benz in this segment available with seven seats as an option; the two seats in the third row can be used by people up to 1.68 meters tall.
Mercedes-Benz GLB (2020): The All-New SUV
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA - the entry-level model in the SUV family
The new Mercedes-Benz GLA made its world premiere in digital form on the Mercedes me media platform. With its powerful and efficient four-cylinder engines, the latest driving assistance systems with cooperative driver support, the intuitive MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system and the comprehensive ENERGIZING comfort control system, the GLA boasts all the outstanding features of the latest generation of Mercedes-Benz compact vehicles. The model is also available with the optional 4MATIC permanent all-wheel drive system that features fully variable torque distribution.
Mercedes-Benz GLA (2020): The Design
Launch of first Mercedes-Benz model of the EQ brand
Mercedes-Benz first presented its new product and technology brand for electric mobility at the Paris Motor Show in 2016. In mid-2019, the EQC (combined electricity consumption: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km)1 became the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to be launched under the EQ brand name. With its seamless and clear design and color highlights typical of the brand, the EQC is a trailblazer when it comes to an avant-garde electric appearance, while it embodies the design idiom of progressive luxury. In terms of quality, safety and comfort, the EQC is the Mercedes-Benz among electric vehicles and a car that makes a convincing impression in terms of the sum of its attributes. The model also boasts a highly dynamic performance, thanks to two electric motors at the front and the rear axle with a combined output of 300 kW. The sophisticated operation strategy utilized for the EQC enables an electric range of 445 to 471 km according to the NEDC1. With Mercedes me, the EQ brand offers comprehensive services and makes electric mobility comfortable and practical for everyone. At the same time, the EQC symbolizes the start of a new mobility era at Daimler.
Series production of the EQC began in May 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen. The new EQC is being integrated into current production operations as an all-electric vehicle. The EQC is also now being produced for the Chinese market by the German-Chinese production joint venture, Beijing Benz Automotive Co. Ltd. (BBAC).
Mercedes-Benz EQC (2019): Test Drive in L.A.
The EQC is part of a comprehensive electric offensive, as Daimler plans to offer more than ten all-electric models in the passenger car segment alone by 2022. In addition, the EQ brand offers a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem of products, services, technologies and innovations.
Broad range of third-generation plug-in hybrid vehicles
Plug-in hybrids are a milestone on the road to zero-emission driving. Under the label EQ Power, Mercedes-Benz Cars is consistently forging ahead with the development of its plug-in hybrid vehicles. The hybrid drive systems in models with a longitudinally installed engine - from the C-Class to the S-Class and from the GLC to the GLE - represent the third hybrid generation since the launch of the first hybrid vehicles in 2009. The current electric motor was redesigned for the 9G-TRONIC plug-in hybrid transmission and operates according to the principle of a permanently excited synchronous motor as an internal rotor. The combination with new and significantly improved power electronics here has led to a substantial increase in power and torque density. The intelligent, route-based operating-mode strategy employed with the hybrid systems utilizes the electric drive program that’s best suited for a given route segment. This strategy takes into account factors including map data, topography, speed limits and traffic conditions for the entire planned route. In addition, the ECO Assistant system coaches the driver and helps conserve fuel. By the end of 2019, we had launched models from the compact-car family with the third-generation hybrid drive system for the first time. The EQ Power for the A-Class- and B-Class underscores the plug-in offensive launched by Mercedes-Benz. By the end of 2019, Mercedes-Benz already had more than ten plug-in hybrid models on offer - an attractive portfolio ranging from compacts to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class flagship model. Our goal here is to offer our customers well over 20 hybrid model variants by 2020.
Technology brand EQ: a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem
One of the components of the EQ technology brand is a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem, which includes a holistic range of consulting and other services and encompasses everything from vehicle functions (e.g. adapted navigation system) to the charging infrastructure. Mercedes me Charge offers customers access to one of the world’s largest charging networks with around 300,000 charging points and over 300 different operators of public charging stations in Europe alone. Customers also benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing features. Mercedes me Charge also allows customers to access the fast-charging stations operated by the pan-European IONITY network. The network’s short charging times make for a pleasant journey, especially over long distances. IONITY plans to build and operate around 400 fast-charging stations along the main traffic arteries in Europe by the end of 2020. IONITY was established in November 2017 as a joint venture between the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
The Mercedes-Benz wallbox home unit with a charging capacity of 11 kW makes it possible to charge EQ models much faster than from a household socket. Mercedes-Benz also works with market-specific charger installation partners to offer easy and rapid installation of the Mercedes-Benz wallbox as well as professional advice on all aspects of electric mobility. DC charging via CCS (Combined Charging Systems) is even faster: CCS charging stations in Europe have a maximum charging capacity of 110 kW, which enables batteries to be charged from 10 to 80 percent SoC (State of Charge) in less than 45 minutes.
VISION EQS: milestone on the road to the future
At its presentation at the 2019 IAA International Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz focused on the topic of sustainability as a key component of its brand philosophy and an important element of its corporate strategy. The VISION EQS show car offers a preview of the large electric luxury sedans of the future. With the Vision EQS, Mercedes-Benz is making a clear statement that perfect craftsmanship, emotional design, luxurious materials and individual driving pleasure will continue to be desirable attributes of automobiles in the future. With its innovative stretched “one bow” proportion, the VISION EQS takes the “Progressive Luxury” design philosophy of the EQ vehicles from Mercedes-Benz to a new level. The flowing yet powerful sculpture-like effect of the exterior design lends the show car the appearance of luxurious generosity and aerodynamic beauty united in perfect harmony.
The VISION EQS Presented by Daimler Chief Design Officer Gorden Wagener
World’s first electric vehicle with fuel cell and plug-in hybrid technology delivered to selected customers
The Mercedes-Benz electric vehicle offensive also includes the GLC F-CELL (combined hydrogen consumption: 0.91 kg/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, combined electricity consumption: 18 kWh/100 km)2. This SUV can run on electricity as well as hydrogen because it is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with plug-in hybrid technology in addition to its fuel cell. Intelligent interplay between the battery and the fuel cell, as well as short refueling times, make the GLC F-CELL a dynamic and practical vehicle for long-distance travel. The first GLC F-CELL vehicles were delivered to selected customers in November 2018. Since the spring of 2019, additional business and private customers have been able to experience the new fuel cell technology by renting GLC F-CELL vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Rent at one of the seven GLC F-CELL outlets located throughout Germany. The GLC F-CELL is now available for short-term and long-term rental from the premium rental service from Mercedes-Benz.
Mercedes-Benz GLC F-CELL: On the road to emission-free driving
The establishment of a full-coverage charging infrastructure is crucial for the success of electric mobility in Germany. Whether at home, at work, on the road, when shopping or at high speed on the highway - a variety of ways already exist to supply electric vehicles with power. Things also continue to move ahead when it comes to hydrogen infrastructure. For example, Daimler has drawn up a plan of action for hydrogen in Germany together with its partners in the H2 Mobility joint venture. During the year 2020, the network of hydrogen filling stations will probably grow to about 100 stations. The partners’ long-term goal is to establish a network consisting of as many as 400 hydrogen refueling stations. Similar infrastructure projects are being implemented in the rest of Europe, the United States and Japan.
Mercedes-Maybach: perfection blended with exclusivity
Mercedes-Maybach stands for the highest levels of exclusivity and individuality. The luxury brand, which was launched in November 2014, combines the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of a Maybach. The brand’s first convertible was launched in the spring of 2017 in a limited edition of 300 units. A preview of the form the luxury brand might take in the future is offered by the concept cars Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 and Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet - a sensational coupe and a luxurious convertible. Due to the market success of our Mercedes-Maybach models, we plan to make the range even more attractive in the coming years.
Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6 Cabriolet: Revelation of Luxury | Trailer
Mercedes-AMG: the sports-car and high-performance brand
The brand claim of “Driving Performance” reflects the two core competencies of Mercedes-AMG: the ability to provide an unparalleled driving experience and the ability to serve as a driving force in the high-performance segment. With more than 70 models, the Mercedes-AMG sports-car brand enhances the fascination of Mercedes-Benz and especially attracts young and sporty customers to the brand with the three-pointed star. This is also reflected by the development of sales of Mercedes-AMG vehicles: In the year under review, Mercedes-AMG set a new sales record by delivering more than 132,000 vehicles to customers. This outstanding sales growth was primarily driven by 13 new compact-vehicle variants in various output classes. These vehicles have expanded the product range to include additional attractive entry-level models for the driving performance segment. An all-new 2.0-liter turbo engine - the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder engine for series production vehicles - is used in AMG’s most powerful compact models. The existing portfolio of vehicles has also been expanded to include updated models from the successful two-door AMG GT family and the GLC series. In addition, Mercedes-AMG now offers additional electric vehicles equipped with integrated EQ Boost technology. Here, a 16 kW (22 hp) starter-generator supplies power to the 48-volt on-board electrical system, and the unit’s boost effect supports the combustion engine at low revolutions. The starter-generator was presented for the first time in combination with the 4.0-liter V8 biturbo engine at the end of 2019.
smart model upgrade: groundbreaking, digital, urban
In September 2019 at the IAA International Motor Show in Frankfurt smart celebrated the world premiere of its completely revamped fortwo and forfour models (smart EQ fortwo with 4.6 kW onboard charger or optional 22 kW onboard charger: combined electricity consumption: 16.5 - 14.0 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. smart EQ fortwo cabrio with 4.6 kW onboard charger or optional 22 kW onboard combined charger electricity consumption: 16.8 - 14.2 kWh/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km. smart EQ forfour with 4.6 kW onboard charger or optional 22 kW onboard charger combined electricity consumption: 17.3 - 14.6 kWh/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)1. Here, progressive design meets intelligent connectivity and pure battery-electric drive systems. As a result, the new smart fortwo coupe, convertible and forfour models offer a sustainable and comprehensive mobility concept. For the first time, the smart fortwo and forfour have been given different exterior designs that create a visual distinction between the two model series. In addition, the future generation of the smart infotainment system will enable seamless smartphone integration and thus offer customers their familiar digital user environment in the vehicle.
smart has been offering an all-electric variant for each model-series generation since 2007. Now smart is switching systematically to locally emission-free, battery-electric drive-system technology. smart is the world’s first automobile brand to switch from combustion engines to electric drive systems across the board. The all-electric driving experience opens up a new dimension of driving enjoyment: instantly available torque, seamless acceleration - and nearly absolute silence as well. smart offers a comprehensive charging concept for its new electric models in order to make charging as easy as possible for drivers. If the optional 22 kW onboard charger with fast-charging capability is used, the new models can be recharged from 10 % to 80 % range in less than 40 minutes.
The smart EQ Control app and smart “ready to” services have also been further developed. In addition, an all-new user guidance makes operating the services child’s play and turns any smart into a true connected car. For example, customers can use the smart EQ Control app to check their vehicle’s status from any location via a smartphone or Apple Watch. The “ready to” app also includes the “ready to share” digital service, which offers private carsharing options and thus makes mobility in cities more sustainable in general.
Joint venture with Geely: further development of the smart brand as a manufacturer of all-electric vehicles
At the end of March 2019, Daimler and the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group reached an agreement to establish a 50-50 joint venture for the further development of the smart brand. Under this agreement, the two partners will jointly design and develop the next generation of smart electric models, which will be manufactured in China for the world market. Global sales are scheduled to begin in 2022. The joint venture will exploit global synergies and economies of scale in order to offer customers premium products of outstanding quality and thus strengthen the smart brand’s position as a supplier of electric vehicles.
Expansion of activities in China
Sales of Mercedes-Benz brand cars in China totaled 694,200 units in the year under review (+2 %), which means China was Mercedes-Benz Cars’ largest single market for the fifth consecutive year in 2019. Around three fourths of the vehicles we sell there were manufactured locally at facilities operated by our Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd (BBAC) joint venture with our local partner BAIC. In view of the further growth potential offered by the Chinese market, Daimler and BAIC announced back in 2018 that they would jointly invest more than RMB 11.9 billion (approximately €1.5 billion) in a second BBAC production facility in Beijing. The expansion of localization is to enable Daimler to respond even more effectively to increasing market demand by offering local models especially tailored to Chinese customers’ needs, including electric vehicles from the Mercedes-Benz EQ brand. The local presence of the Mercedes-Benz brand in China is being continuously expanded with the help of a broad portfolio that currently encompasses ten locally manufactured cars and vans. The all-electric Mercedes-Benz EQC off-road vehicle (power consumption combined: 20.8 – 19.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 0 g/km)1 has been manufactured in Beijing since the end of 2019.
Global production network - smart manufacturing
The Mercedes-Benz Cars division is continuously developing its production network of more than 30 locations on four continents by implementing forward-looking smart manufacturing methods. Here, innovative state-of-the-art technologies are enhancing and safeguarding production quality, efficiency and flexibility, while also offering effective support to workers at our plants. “Factory 56” at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen is an impressive example of this. The factory of the future is already a reality here. A completely new infrastructure is being implemented in Factory 56. The entire production hall has a Wi-Fi system and a mobile telephone network and communicates with its surroundings. The production hall is distinguished by its especially flexible and sustainable production facilities with state-of-the-art Industry 4.0 technologies. For example, the hall obtains its energy from CO2-neutral sources that include a photovoltaic system installed on the roof. Factory 56 also creates a new modern world of work that focuses on employees and takes their individual requirements even more strongly into account than previously. Factory 56 will serve as a blueprint for all future vehicle assembly operations at Mercedes-Benz Cars worldwide.
The Car Factory of the Future: Factory 56
The global production network is also being systematically aligned with electric mobility. For example, electric vehicles from the EQ product and technology brand are manufactured within the framework of normal series production on the same lines used to produce vehicles with conventional combustion or hybrid drive systems. Production of the first all-electric vehicle from the EQ product and technology brand is already under way at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen and at our BBAC joint venture plant in Beijing. In parallel with this, a global battery production network is being established. This network already comprises nine plants at seven locations on three continents. All in all, the company is investing more than €1 billion in a global battery manufacturing network that is part of Mercedes-Benz Cars’ global production network. Local production of batteries is an important success factor for the electric mobility offensive at Mercedes-Benz Cars, and also the crucial element that enables us to meet the global demand for electric vehicles flexibly and efficiently. Within the framework of its electricity offensive, Mercedes-Benz Cars is not only focusing on locally emission-free vehicles but is also moving ahead to ensure sustainable and environmentally friendly production operations worldwide. For example, plans call for production at Mercedes-Benz Cars plants in Europe to be C02-neutral by 2022.
Best Customer Experience 4.0
In July 2019, Mercedes-Benz presented the next chapter of its “Best Customer Experience” global sales strategy. With “Best Customer Experience 4.0,” Mercedes-Benz is systematically aligning its sales activities with changing customer requirements in the digital age. “Best Customer Experience 4.0” is designed to offer customers a seamless and comfortable experience of luxury whenever they would like to come into contact with Mercedes-Benz - across all channels, at all times and from any location. At the same time, physical sales via its 6,500 partners worldwide will remain indispensable for Mercedes-Benz. For this reason, Mercedes-Benz is seamlessly linking the physical sales channel with digital channels and redesigning the former through the use of innovative store and dealership concepts. Since the beginning of 2018, some 500 physical sales outlets worldwide have been planned or already equipped with the new brand presence. By the end of 2019, 200 of these had already been opened. Plans call for 25 percent of worldwide car sales to be processed by Mercedes-Benz and its sales partners via online channels by 2025. The Mercedes me ID is becoming the key component of the customer experience, as it allows for very easy access to numerous features and services. Mercedes-Benz created the basis for the further development of sales operations in line with current customer requirements back in 2013 when it established “Best Customer Experience.” Since then, the company and its retail partners have invested several hundred million euros each year in its refinement around the globe.
Mercedes me — digital premium services in the vehicle and beyond
The Mercedes me digital ecosystem - a key component for shaping the future of Mercedes-Benz - is now available in nearly 50 countries. Mercedes me consists of a wide range of mobility-related digital services in and around the vehicle. These services can be digitally accessed at any time using a personal account, the Mercedes me ID. The average activation rate of the Mercedes me service for new Mercedes-Benz vehicles is over 90 %. This shows how important it is to Mercedes-Benz drivers that their cars are connected and that drivers expect to enjoy all the digital services and offerings that such connection makes possible. Highlights from the Mercedes me range of services include the On-Street and Off-Street parking display system with a parking payment service, the Live Traffic Information real-time traffic service including car-to-x communication, Mercedes me in Car Store, and “Hey Mercedes” natural speech recognition with support from artificial intelligence.
Mercedes me services are also available for our EQ models - or in some cases are being developed especially for them. They include Mercedes me Charge for access to public charging stations in Europe, China and Japan which will soon be expanded to other regions. In addition, the EQ Ready app helps drivers decide whether it makes sense for them to switch to an electric vehicle or a hybrid model.
#ATeamComeTrue: sixth consecutive double title in the Formula 1 series
The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula 1 team celebrated another record-setting year in 2019 by becoming the first racing team in the history of the Formula 1 series to capture both the World Constructors’ Championship and the World Drivers’ Championship for six consecutive years. It takes more than extraordinary drivers to achieve this type of success; you also need to have the right combination of outstanding technology and exceptional team spirit. In another development, a new chapter in the 125-year history of motorsports at Mercedes-Benz began in November 2019, when the Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E team made its debut in the Formula E racing series. Our participation in the all-electric Formula E series enables us to demonstrate the performance capability of our intelligent battery-electric drive systems, while also adding an emotional component to the EQ brand. Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing, with its more than 100 customer teams, can also look back on a very successful season in 2019.
2019 F1 Championship Celebrations at Brackley and Brixworth!
1 Electricity consumption and range have been calculated on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008. Electricity consumption and range depend on vehicle configuration.
2 Figures for hydrogen comsumption, CO2 emissions and electricity consumption have been calculated on the basis of Commission Regulation (EC) No. 692/2008.