Category Archives: Mercedes Benz

Mercedes-Benz Accused of Cutting Corners in China

As the long-wheelbase version of the tenth-gen E-Class started to hit showrooms in China recently, Mercedes-Benz has launched an expensive publicity campaign celebrating what it believes to be a major landmark in the close race with BMW and Audi in the local market. Yet, the festive mood did not seem to last long as the […]

Mercedes-Benz Pulls Ads from Chinese Newspaper after Controversial Reports

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Angry with a series of reports from the 21st Century Business Herald (21CBH), the German carmaker’s chief in China, Nicholas Speeks, has ordered cancellation of advertisements on one of the country’s most influential financial news media. The move came as Mercedes-Benz China battles a spreading PR crisis, of which 21CBH has carried extensive coverage and […]

Fujian Benz’s R&D Center Opened in Fuzhou

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On Thursday, the joint venture of Fujian Benz held a ceremony in Fuzhou to mark the opening of its R&D center, where a group of invited journalists had a guided tour. Costing half a billion Yuan, the R&D center comprises a design office, whole vehicle and parts testing labs, a proving ground, and a workshop […]

Ground Broken on BBAC’s New Plant for Producing Mercedes-Benz Compacts

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The foundation stone was laid for "BBAC Phase II" in Beijing on Tuesday, a plant for building Mercedes-Benz compact models based on Daimler’s MFA platform. The new factory will expand the joint venture’s production base in Beijing Economic-Technological Development Zone, which already includes a vehicle plant (making Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, and GLK-Class), an engine plant […]

Daimler Raises Stake in China Sales Company

Daimler AG has reached agreement with LSH (Lei Shing Hong) over the change of ownership structure of Mercedes-Benz China Sales, paving the way for integrating its dealership networks in China. The automaker successfully increased its stake in the sales joint venture from 51% to 75%, while LSH’s share was reduced to 25% from 49%. Mercedes-Benz […]

BAIC E130/150 Hatchback, a Mercedes-Benz B-Class Lookalike, Goes on Sale for 8,500$-13,730$

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On Monday, BAIC (Beijing Auto, Beiqi) released the E-series hatchback, E130/150, which resembles the Mercedes-Benz B-Class in styling. Prices range from 53,800 Yuan (8,500 US dollars), for a 1.3L MT, to 86,800 Yuan (13,730 US dollars), for a 1.5L AT. At the market launch ceremony held in the 798 art district in Beijing, BAIC pronounced […]

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter from Fujian Daimler Goes on Sale for $65,680–$71,965

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Fujian Daimler, the commercial joint venture of Fujian Auto and Daimler AG, released the Sprinter van on Nov. 21, the opening day of the 2011 Guangzhou Auto Show. Available in three basic models with seating capacities ranging from 14 to 21, the Sprinter is the latest addition to Fujian-Daimler’s van lineup, which until now included […]

German Luxury Car Makers Post Big Q1 China Gains

Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz all posted record first-quarter sales in China, growing ahead of the local market which expanded about 8% in the first three months. Although it continued to outsell the other two brands in China, Audi gained at a slower pace, of 24.6% on year, with Q1 deliveries reaching 64,112 units. China is […]

Growth of Luxury Car Sales Doubled That of the Overall Market in 2010

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Despite government measures discouraging buying big and expensive cars, sales of luxury vehicles continued to soar last year in China, gaining about 70% to over 700,000 units, while the overall auto market grew 32.37% to reach 18.06 million units. (With no consensus on what " luxury" means for cars in China, we regard any sedan […]