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 that are tailored to the needs of our customers. In the years 2013 and 2014, Daimler plans to spend a total of €10.8 billion on research and development activities. (See graphic 3.49 and table 3.50) This means we are at the high level of the years 2011 and 2012. Research and development expenditure at Mercedes-Benz Cars of €7.6 billion will be in the magnitude of the two previous years. Key projects are the successor models to the C- and E-Class and the new smart models. We are also investing substantial sums in new, low-emission and fuel-efficient engines, alternative drive systems and innovative safety technologies. As some important product and engine projects have meanwhile been realized, research and development expenditure at Daimler Trucks will be lower than the high level of previous years. The focus here will remain on developing and adapting new engine generations in order to fulfill increasingly stringent emission regulations, as well as on successor generations for existing products. The further development of engines to fulfill future emission standards is an important area of research and development also at Mercedes-Benz Vans and Daimler Buses. Alternative drive systems also play an important role, in particular at Daimler Buses.

Daimler AR2012 Research and development 2013 2014


Research and development expenditure
  2011 2012 2013-2014
In billions of euros      
Daimler Group 5.6 5.6 10.8
Mercedes-Benz Cars 3.7 3.9 7.6
Daimler Trucks 1.3 1.2 2.3
Mercedes-Benz Vans 0.4 0.4 0.6
Daimler Buses 0.2 0.2 0.3