Research and development

With our research and development activities, our goal is to further strengthen Daimler’s competitive position against the backdrop of upcoming technological challenges. We want to create competitive advantages above all by means of innovative solutions for low emissions and safe mobility – in the fields of autonomous driving or hybrid drive for example. In addition, we intend to utilize the growth opportunities offered by worldwide automotive markets with new and attractive products. In order to achieve these goals, we will once again significantly increase our expenditure for research and development in 2015. Key projects at Mercedes-Benz Cars include the successor generation of the E-Class and the new SUVs. In addition, we will invest considerable amounts in new low-emission and fuel-efficient engines, alternative drive systems and innovative safety technologies. Research and development spending is likely to rise also at Daimler Trucks in 2015. As before, the main areas here are the successor generations for existing products as well as developing and adapting new engine generations with which we will further reduce fuel consumption and fulfill increasingly strict emission regulations. Also at Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Buses, an important area of research and development is to meet future emission standards and to increase fuel efficiency. At Daimler Buses, alternative drive systems also play an important role and at Mercedes-Benz Vans the further development of engines.

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