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Mercedes-Benz’s new, more luxury-focused MMA entry-level platform will launch in 2024 with an all-electric model in 2024, the company said. The “electric first” platform, which can also accept internal-combustion engines, will debut a new generation of technology and set the standard for future Mercedes architectures to come, CEO Ola Kallenius said.  Mercedes briefly showed a silhouette
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Mercedes-Benz can now focus exclusively on passenger cars following the Daimler Trucks spinoff in 2021, and strong first-quarter results appear to be proof that strategy is working.  Mercedes is achieving those results as it rolls out its lineup of dedicated full-electric cars, including the EQS sedan and SUV, and the EQE sedan and expected SUV.
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Renault’s Moscow plant will be repurposed to produce Moskvich cars that were last manufactured two decades ago. A Soviet-era car brand the “Moskvich” could make a surprise comeback in Russia, as Moscow takes over assets belonging to Renault following the French automaker’s exit from the country. Moscow’s mayor Sergei Sobyanin said he would nationalize Renault’s
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PARIS — A key European Union committee’s decision to reject calls for much deeper emissions cuts has disappointed environmental advocates, who pushed for new targets in the run-up to a 2035 deadline for automakers to sell only zero-emissions cars. The European Parliament’s environment committee on Wednesday voted to ratify new rules for CO2 emissions from cars
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BMW will focus its Neue Klasse (New Class) architecture on full-electric models for the midsize premium segment. The platform, which will go into production in 2025 at the automaker’s new factory in Hungary, will only offer a battery-electric drivetrain, BMW CEO Oliver Zipse said during the automaker’s first-quarter earnings call on Thursday. “When it hits
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The first year of Stellantis’ life brought many changes to the former PSA Group and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles brands, including the realignment of the Europe region — now called Enlarged Europe. Within the region, nine main brands are coexisting: Alfa Romeo, Citroen, DS, Fiat, Jeep, Lancia, Maserati, Opel/Vauxhall and Peugeot, covering a range of segments
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FRANKFURT — Volkswagen Group’s Cariad software division said it will source chips from Qualcomm to develop autonomous driving software, which VW has made the core part of its future strategy. Qualcomm Technologies will supply system-on-chips (SoCs) from its Snapdragon Ride portfolio for Cariad’s software platform. The SoCs will be an important hardware component in its
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Mercedes-Benz is looking at energy alternatives should Russia cut gas deliveries and is working closely with German authorities to ensure energy supplies. “Every company is looking at options for diversifying energy sources,” CEO Ola Kaellenius told Reuters TV ahead of the company’s annual meeting on Friday. “It is still too early to say exactly which
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BERLIN — As Germany speeds up investment in renewables, the energy consumption of its automakers reveals just how reliant the country’s most important industry is on fossil fuels, a Reuters analysis of environmental data shows. Their dependence lays bare the hurdles automakers face in transforming their own energy consumption while moving the transport sector, responsible
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SHANGHAI — Volkswagen Group‘s Shanghai factory has started gradually resuming production, the automaker said. The company’s factories in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun, which it runs in a joint venture with China’s FAW Group, continues to ramp up production volumes, it added. VW halted work at its factory in Shanghai, which is a joint
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