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Daimler CEO: Google, Apple 'our main benchmarks - not any more BMW, Audi and Tesla is insignificant.

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  1. AUSinator

    AUSinator Member

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    Daimler CEO: Google, Apple 'our main benchmarks - not any more BMW, Audi and Tesla is insignificant.

    See:

    Why Mercedes is worried about Google and Apple

    I put this under the model 3 headline as its the Model 3's reservations that got the CEO of Daimler thinking.
    So i would love to hear your thoughts about his comment.
    My question is DO WE AGREE?
     
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  2. BluestarE3

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    I think the reference to Tesla in your thread title is taken out of context. Daimler used to think Tesla was insignificant, but not anymore after the Model 3 launch:
     
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  3. ModelNforNerd

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    agreed. their shareholders were in an uproar at their meeting last week.
     
  4. int32_t

    int32_t Tesla Spotter

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    Fascinating. At what point is a company no longer a startup? Tesla's products are pretty serious, much more serious than anyone else's.

    "Startups GM and Ford Make Lame Attempts at EVs"

    Free headline for any journalists out there ...
     
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    To the OP: your thread title is inaccurate. It is obvious that Daimler is very concerned about competition from Tesla.
     
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    Gee, I guess maybe they shouldn't have sold their stake in TSLA then. Ironic that Tesla would have gone out of business if not for the last-minute Daimler investment.
     
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  7. BluestarE3

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    I guess, compared to 100+ year-old car companies, it's still a startup? I'm from the Bay Area (which includes Silicon Valley), so the term "start-up" is not a pejorative to me. Instead, it connotes innovation, daring, moxie, and being unfettered by established norms... qualities I associate with Tesla. So, yeah, the "start-up" is making some of the establishment uneasy.
     
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  8. gaswalla

    gaswalla P4201/85/airsusp/pano/19i

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    OP has title of thread all wrong

    This is first line of article

    Google, Apple and Tesla are now a bigger threat to Mercedes-Benz than traditional rivals Audi and BMW, according to Daimler boss Dr Dieter Zetsche.
     
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  9. CHG-ON

    CHG-ON Still in love after all these miles

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    Considering that the MS is outselling the S Class in the US, they better start worrying!
     
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  10. larmor

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    Wait till MX outsells MB 7 seater GL series....
     
  11. NoPetrolDream

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    Daimler should be asking themselves why NONE of their products attract a vast horde of diverse people out of the woodwork to plunk good money down on a vehicle none of these same folk have ever touched. All with no advertising. Just a product that has people willing to sleep in the cold to be further ahead in the reservation queue.

    The old guard is worried. They should be. As more people experience EV performance and ownership, ICE will be seen more and more like rotary phones vs. smart phones.

    Change is hard, but not impossible. One can either fight it or ride its forward moving wave.
     
  12. Drivin

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    Hyperbole alert.

    Some shareholders asked about it. No idea if they owned a significant amount of shares.

    Remember this is the same shareholder meeting where the police were called in to settle a fight over sausages.
     
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  13. AUSinator

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    Unfair as the GL is a lot cheaper than the mx.
     
  14. EXOTIC1

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    The vast majority of MB S class buyers aren't cross shopping the MS
    I'd say alot of BMW 5 and Mercedes E class buyers are cross shopping.
    S and 7 series buyer are still shopping the comfort and not so much performance.
    It's hard to talk the old guys out of their S class lol
     
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    I guess so, but i have a 2012 gl550, it was pricey, and after that they added a gl63 amg model as well. Then when i went in to try and lease a gl350 diesel (allegedly) the lease was much higher. And there was huge dealer explanation about massive demand for gl car, and after waiting two hours for the 'manager,' showed wife a video of FWD and we were out... Also tires for a gl550 295/45 22 are much more $$ than those for an MX, and our gl ate tires for lunch.
     
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  16. markwj

    markwj Moderator, Asia Pacific

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    A mess of an article. I'm not sure if it was Daimler calling Tesla insignificant, or the 'journalist'. This thread title is further misleading.
     
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    This is the same CEO that one week said we don't need no stinking battery factory, then the next week announced they were building a battery factory...
     
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