Annual Report 2016

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 addition, we intend to utilize the growth opportunities offered by worldwide automotive markets with new and attractive products. We are increasingly focusing on the strategic areas for the future of connectivity, autonomous driving, flexible use and services, and electric drive, which we have given the acronym CASE (Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Services and Electric). We aim to occupy a leading position in these areas, both individually and by linking them up intelligently. In order to achieve our goals, we will once again significantly increase our total expenditure for research and development in 2017. At Mercedes-Benz Cars, a large part of that expenditure will flow into the renewal and expansion of our model range. The division’s most important projects are the successor models of the GLE and GLS and the new compact models. We are also working hard on new, low-emission combustion engines, electric mobility, the connectivity of our vehicles and innovative safety technologies for autonomous driving. At Daimler Trucks, the focus will be on activities in the areas of fuel efficiency and emission reductions, as well as expenditure for tailored products and technologies for the Latin American market and China. Key projects at Mercedes-Benz Vans are the successor generation of the Sprinter, the new X-Class pickup and the further development of the Vito and V-Class. Another important topic is the connectivity of products and processes, especially the innovative connectivity solution Mercedes PRO. An important area of research and development at Daimler Buses is to meet future emission standards and to increase fuel efficiency. Alternative drive systems - electrification in particular - will also play an important role at Daimler Buses.