Mercedes-Benz Wants More Cooperation with Tesla

By Matthew Askari | November 01, 2013
Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler would like to expand its partnership with Tesla Motors. According to a new report in Reuters, Bodo Uebber, Daimler's chief financial officer, said "I told my guys, go back to Tesla and look for other opportunities. We want to look for more cooperation."
Tesla is currently supplying Mercedes-Benz with batteries and electric motors, which are being used in the Smart ForTwo, as well as the 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Electric crossover that we recently got to ride in. At that press event in Stuttgart, engineers told us they expected more to come from the current relationship with Tesla. Daimler holds a 4.3-percent stake in the California-based electric vehicle maker.
Uebber also said it was expecting more from its compact architecture, on which the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA is based on, and the GLA crossover that we'll likely see at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. The Daimler CFO also admitted the automaker was behind in an important segment. "We are a late comer," he said, adding "we need compact cars to get a broader, younger customer base." Both BMW and Audi have been introducing new compact models, such as the 2015 Audi A3, and the 2014 BMW 2 Series.
Source: Reuters