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 – for example in the fields of autonomous driving, hybrid drive, electric mobility with batteries and fuel cells, and the connectivity of our vehicles and services. 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 total expenditure for research and development in 2016. At Mercedes-Benz Cars, a large part of that expenditure will flow into the renewal and expansion of our model range. In addition, we will invest considerable amounts in new low-emission and fuel-efficient engines, alternative drive systems, the connectivity of our vehicles and innovative safety technologies. At Daimler Trucks, the focus will be on activities in the areas of emmission standards and fuel efficiency, as well as expenditure for tailored products and technologies for the Brazilian market and for the FUSO product portfolio. 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. One focus at Mercedes-Benz Vans will be on the connectivity of products and processes, and alternative drive systems will play an important role at Daimler Buses.