Just a couple of days ago, Mercedes-Benz celebrated a major milestone event – the production of its 50 millionth vehicle. Yes, you read that right – a total of 50 million vehicles of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands have been produced over the past 75 years.
The 50 millionth vehicle is the first new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class which rolled off the production line at the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant. The luxury sedan will, along with the S-Class Sedan and the long version, and in the future also with the EQS, be produced in Factory 56.
For those who didn’t know, Factory 56 is a high-tech production facility in the Mercedes-Benz Sindelfingen plant that opened in September 2020, which also happens to be Mercedes-Benz’ most modern automobile production facility.
“Mercedes-Benz has always been synonymous with luxury. That’s why I’m very proud of this very special production anniversary: Fifty million vehicles produced is a significant milestone in the history of our company, and an exceptional achievement by the team.”
“I would like to thank the colleagues in the plants around the world for their work and their commitment. Their expertise and passion in the production of our stars make the wishes of customers all over the world come true day after day,” said Jörg Burzer, member of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz AG, Production and Supply Chain.
Thanks to Mercedes-Benz’ MO360 digital ecosystem, all of the brand’s plants are networked with one another, and the digitally supported close cooperation between the employees in the different plants is an essential part of this.
Thanks to structures and processes with maximum flexibility, the global production network is optimally organized. The ability to breath, and to transfer production capacity between the individual plants as required by market demands is a decisive advantage.
Vehicles with different drive types already roll off the same production line. During this the production methods and processes are continually being further developed and digitalized. As a result, we can achieve synergies, lower cost, not least boost the efficiency and the productivity within the production network.
At the moment, the global production network is focusing on the implementation of the electric mobility offensive, and by 2022, a total of six new Mercedes-EQ models will have been integrated in running series production operations.
As a result, Mercedes-Benz’ global production network is contributing decisively to the company`s ambitious sustainability targets. The batteries for the Mercedes-EQ electric vehicles are supplied by a global battery production network with plants on three continents.
Local battery production is also a key success factor for the Mercedes-Benz electric offensive. In addition, from 2022 production at all of the own plants of Mercedes-Benz AG worldwide will be CO2-neutral.
By the year 2030, Mercedes-Benz wants more than half of its vehicles sold around the world to be either pure electric or plug-in hybrid.
In fact, the company wants to have an electrified variant for every one of its model ranging from the Actros truck all the way to the A-Class by the year 2039.
So, in an effort to speed things up towards achieving these goals, Daimler AG, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz announced that it is joining forces with Geely Holding to develop hybrid powertrains. Areas of potential cooperation include engineering, sourcing, industrialization and efficiency measures.
Both groups will use global R&D networks to work together on a next-generation gasoline engine specified for hybrid applications to be produced at the companies’ powertrain facilities in Europe and China, which could be utilized by Mercedes-Benz AG together with its established partners in China as well as the wider Geely Holding Group portfolio of brands including Volvo Cars.
The export of the engine from China is also considered to be an option.
“We have witnessed strong momentum in the development of the Chinese automotive industry over the past years, and we believe China will continue to offer great potentials in terms of innovation, efficiency and economies of scale. With this cooperation with the wider Geely Holding Group, we will not only enhance our footprints in the world’s largest automobile market, but also strengthen our position along the global industry value chain for the future,” said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Daimler AG Board of Management.
“With our full commitment to electrification supported by our new ‘Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA)’ as the core pillar, we will continue to seek competitive advantages in R&D, Production, Supplier Management and other fields and focus on the development of premium electrified vehicles,” said An Conghui, President and CEO of Geely Auto Group.
The new project with the wider Geely Holding Group is part of Mercedes-Benz’s comprehensive drivetrain strategy for the future. As part of “Ambition 2039”, Mercedes-Benz is consistently pushing towards “Electric first” with the electrification of all model variants and vehicle types, thus making a clear commitment on its way to CO2-neutrality.
In order to meet the different market requirements and various customer needs worldwide, highly efficient combustion engines are part of this transition. Mercedes-Benz remains committed to driving forward the transformation of drive systems even more rapidly and more efficiently while maintaining its technology leadership in the global markets.
Geely Holding is fully dedicated to offering its global users best in class products, services and experience through constant technical innovation, and resource integration. With this cooperation, both groups will combine their advantages and global resources to develop and produce highly efficient powertrain systems.
Daimler AG and Geely Holding are already working together to further develop the smart brand on a global basis and to provide premium ride-hailing services in the Chinese market.
At the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Fuso truck and bus unveiled their latest long-distance coach for the global market.
In a move aimed to become the leading manufacturer in the Japanese market again, along with its first fuel cell concept truck – the ‘Vision F-CELL’ – on display at the show is the Good Design Award-winning new Aero Queen luxury coach and latest, safety-laden Rosa minibus.
The 2019 series production model Aero Queen features the BusConnect connectivity solution while its sister series Rosa light-duty tourist bus has new safety features, the company states.
Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) – showcased the Aero Queen large coach, Japan’s first heavy-duty touring bus installed with Active Side Guard Assist, which is a safety feature monitoring the driver’s left side blind spot.
The Aero Queen also includes other safety features like EDSS, which allows passengers to press a button and bring the vehicle to a safe stop in case the driver loses consciousness, and Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA®4), which is an automatic braking system with slow-speed pedestrian detection function.
In addition, Fuso’s connectivity solution BusConnect® provides fleet managers with real-time information (bus location/trajectory, safe driving, fuel consumption, etc.) of buses in operation, the company states. The system is equipped with a 24-hour monitoring function, such as an emergency response system, when the driver is in trouble and Active Brake Assist 4 (secondary braking) is activated.
Aesthetically, the body design – said to follow the new Fuso Black Belt design identity – won the Good Design Award 2019, recently in Japan.
According to Fuso, in a “conscious move to modernise Japanese driving habits and increase safety and efficiency”, all these new trucks and touring buses (inc. Aero Ace) are equipped with the new automatic mechanical transmission (AMT) as standard, a first time in Japan.
Logistics service provider DB Schenker and FUSO are expanding their partnership in the field of fully-electric light-duty trucks.
Thus DB Schenker took on four additional FUSO eCanter trucks in March for urban short-radius distribution in Paris, Frankfurt and the Stuttgart region.
DB Schenker has already been using an eCanter in Berlin since last year and is testing the use of the vehicles in mixed fleets. DB Schenker is now in talks with FUSO about further eCanter vehicles for additional European markets.
Tristan Keusgen, head of European Fleet Management at DB Schenker: “We need to bring goods into inner cities in a more sustainable manner and irrespective of vehicle bans. Our experience with the FUSO eCanter up until now has been valuable – it is perfectly suited to serving our customers in urban areas such as Paris or Frankfurt.”
“We are delighted that in future we will be working even more closely with DB Schenker on the electrification of inner-city short-radius distribution. The positive feedback regarding operation makes us very proud – and at the same time it is an incentive to further improve the FUSO eCanter. Our mutual approach is to learn from one another. In doing so FUSO can access the extensive network of the E-Mobility Group (EMG) within Daimler Trucks,”emphasises Harald Schmid, head of Sales & Market Management at FUSO Europe & USA.
DB Schenker is planning to use two eCanter trucks in France; they will be making around four trips a day with 10 to 12 stops in the Paris region. Two eCanter are also on the road in Frankfurt and the Stuttgart region, delivering to customers in inner-city areas almost silently and with zero emissions.
Since 2018 DB Schenker has been testing a FUSO eCanter as a series-production electric vehicle in Berlin under real operating conditions. The vehicle transports packaged goods in the inner city. Experience with the vehicle in Berlin has been consistently positive – drivers praise the pulling power and agility of the electric drive and the peace in the cockpit.
In addition to Paris, Berlin and Frankfurt, the fully electric light-duty trucks with an output of 129 kW and a payload of up to four tonnes are also on the road in other important European cities such as London, Amsterdam and Lisbon as well as in New York and Tokyo.
At present a total of more than 100 eCanter trucks are being used in delivery operations worldwide and have completed more than 300,000 km “electrically”.
The 7.5 tonne vehicles boast a range of at least 100 kilometres and are thus able to cover the requirements of customers in inner-city short-radius distribution without problem. The vehicles are charged simply overnight either with alternating current or direct current chargers depending on availability. Charging can be reduced to around 90 minutes if a high-speed charger is used.
The first battery-electric driven series-production Mercedes-Benz eCitaro buses have been in operation in public transport in Germany for several weeks now, with more electric buses to follow in the coming weeks.
The company has also received many first orders from neighbouring European countries like France and Poland.
However, there is not yet a universal demand for electric buses from the public transport companies. This might be because switching a conventional bus fleet to electric drive and ensuring the necessary infrastructure can be more complex than planned.
The Mercedes-Benz eCitaro is not produced in a prototype workshop but on the same production line as all of the other city buses in the plant in Mannheim and has thus achieved production standard.
The eCitaro buses that will be available for testing in European cities are equipped with ten battery packages and a total capacity of 243 kWh as well as electric motors mounted close to the wheel hubs.
The thermal management optimised to the very last detail with battery cooling, air conditioning with a heat pump and connected components is a highlight in the world of bus construction.
These features ensure minimum energy consumption and in turn the highest efficiency and maximum range. The fact that the power consumption of an electric bus for heating and cooling can be as much as 50 percent is a challenge that in the main only bus specialists are aware of.
The complex chassis of electric buses is characterised by the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as well as roll and pitch control, for example. Safety, efficiency and environmental conservation are all integral to the Mercedes-Benz eCitaro.
Mpire Commercial is the official distributor for Foton Daimler EST & ESTA models which offer both 4×2 and 6×4 specifications. In the very near future Mpire Commercial is about to introduce the 6×2 spec to Malaysia market.
Foton Daimler is also quoted as the best China produced Heavy Truck in Malaysia which equipped with Daimler designed, American’s Cummins Engine, German’s ZF Gearbox. Foton Daimler truck is definitely a solution for customer which is looking forward for cost saving with excellent performance and durability.
With the overwhelming demand, Mpire Commercial has decided to introduce the “Resale Value Guarantee” program with the objective to enhance customer experience as well as a token of appreciation for pioneer customers.
The terms and conditions for the entitlement of the “Resale Value Guarantee” program as follows:
5 years buy-back value at maximum 30% based on initial prime mover (body excluded) invoices price from Mpire Commercial Sdn Bhd only (subject to the Prime Mover conditions and service records),
Entitled Prime mover is obliged to service at Mpire Commercial showroom or any appointed service center throughout the 5 years period,
Unauthorized modification on Prime mover engine, transmission, and main chassis shall void the validity of the buy-back program regardless is a major or minor modification,
If Prime mover electrical features, vehicle components, chassis and engine number is being tempered it shall not entitled for the buy-back program,
Prime mover which aged lesser then 5 years (calculated from date of registration) buy-back value shall be determine by Mpire Capital based on Prime mover condition and market condition which the price offered is deemed final,
The 30% buy-back value is subject to the 100% of refurbishment cost of the vehicle, in order to determine the final value of buy-back vehicle, and
To qualify for the buy-back program customer is obliged to purchase a new Prime Mover from Mpire Commercial before surrender the second hand Prime mover.
For this program Mpire Commercial is the merely the seller and the 5 years buy back policy is being underwrite by Mpire Capital, a related company to Mpire Commercial.
Mainly because Mpire Commercial is not involved in the evaluation of the buy-back process; thus Mpire Capital Sdn Bhd shall reserve the final right to opt for an acceptation or rejection of Prime mover buy-back of truck bases on terms and conditions aforementioned.