In addition, the company continued to drive forward with strategic partnerships : In 2010, Daimler and Renault-Nissan agreed a far-reaching strategic cooperation. The main projects of the cooperation are a new architecture for smart, new three-and four-cylinder engines and small vans.
In addition, BYD and Daimler AG agreed the formation of the 50:50 Joint Venture »Shenzhen BYD Daimler New Technology Co. Ltd.« for the development of electric vehicles for the Chinese market.
Daimler Trucks was also in a strong upward trend in 2010. The new Mercedes-Benz Atego and the Atego BlueTec Hybrid were jointly selected as »Truck of the Year 2011«. FUSO had updated its model series almost completely and sales of the heavy-duty truck Coronado started at Freightliner.
Daimler also increased its shareholding in the Russian truck manufacturer Kamaz thus reinforcing the strategic partnership. Daimler now constructively holds a 15% participating interest.
Mercedes-Benz Vans presents the revised variant of the successful van for commercial uses with the new Vito generation. The debut of the new Viano generation is accompanied by the first-time presentation of the van version as high-quality large passenger car.
The group continues to drive the internationalization in the Vans business division as well: In the growth market of China the first Mercedes-Benz Viano produced by Fujian Daimler Automotive rolled off the line in the new plant in Fuzhou. Fujian Daimler Automotive is a joint venture of Fujian Motors Group, China Motor Corp. and Daimler, which was founded in 2007.
At the end of 2010, Daimler and the Russian commercial vehicle manufacturer GAZ signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of producing the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in Russia. Engines, transmission, axles and other components are also to be produced locally.
Daimler could look back on an excellent year in 2010 – and the targets for 2011 were appropriately ambitious. This applied all the more because the car celebrated a special anniversary in 2011: 125! Years Inventor of the Automobile.