BMW Group reports records sales for 2019 topping the premium passenger car segment

On Friday, BMW stated, it has sold 2.52 million Rolls-Royce, BMW, and Mini vehicles in 2019, topping the premium category car group, ahead of Daimler. On Thursday, Daimler had reported that it had sold 2.34 million Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in 2019 – its ninth consecutive year of record sales. In a statement BMW said in…

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China’s Geely and Mercedes Benz launch $780M joint venture to produce EV under same brand

On Wednesday, Mercedes-Benz and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co Ltd stated, they would each invest $388.77 million (2.7 billion yuan) in a China-based venture to build “premium and intelligent electrified” vehicles under the smart brand. The 50:50 joint venture has already got regulatory approval and will be based in the Chinese coastal city of Ningbo,…

Toyota plans on releasing self-driving level 2 vehicles in 2020

In a statement, Toyota Motor Corp disclosed, its automated driving R&D unit plans on deploying advanced self-driving capabilities in mobility service vehicles before it does so in personal-use vehicles. “‘Level 4’ (driving capabilities) is really what we’re striving for to first appear in mobility as a service,” said James Kuffner, CEO of Toyota Research Institute-Advanced…