Mercedes opinions vans mannequin portfolio as diesel debate hammers gross sales, Auto Information, Automobilnews
SINDELFINGEN: Daimler is reviewing the product portfolio at its vans division, the place gross sales have been hit laborious by doubts concerning the cleanliness of diesel engined automobiles, Mercedes-Benz government Marcus Breitschwerdt mentioned on Tuesday.”To be able to optimise our efficiency, this additionally means reviewing and realigning our strategic orientation,” Breitschwerdt, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, mentioned on the launch of an electrical Mercedes-Benz van on Tuesday.
Daimler will search cost-saving alternatives, together with by a evaluate of the corporate’s’ product portfolio, he mentioned.
“We’re taking a look at what we’ve and what we might have,” Breitschwerdt mentioned, including that the X-Class midsize pickup truck was not delivering the gross sales volumes the corporate had hoped for.
“The X-Class is a distinct segment product,” the Daimler supervisor mentioned at an occasion in Sindelfingen close to Stuttgart. Moreover Mercedes-Benz was not fascinated with getting into the full-sized pickup truck section, Breitschwerdt mentioned.He added that the vans division had too many administration layers and the corporate was taking a look at methods to chop mounted prices with out resorting to compelled layoffs. Daimler’s vans division employs 26,000 employees.
Mercedes-Benz launched the EQV, an electrical van with a theoretical working vary of round 400 kilometres and the flexibility to cost the battery to 80% of capability inside 45 minutes, Daimler mentioned.
The Mercedes-Benz EQV will hit showrooms in early 2020, the corporate mentioned.
Breitschwerdt mentioned he anticipated 15% to 25% of van gross sales by 2025 to be absolutely electrical variants within the passenger section and that he would take into account diversifying the cell provider base to make sure a ample provide of batteries as manufacturing ramps up.
Breitschwerdt additionally mentioned that though autonomous driving was potential from a technological viewpoint, the enterprise fashions for working autonomous automobiles weren’t but confirmed.