Capital expenditure

In order to achieve our ambitious growth targets, we will expand our product range in the coming years and develop additional production and distribution capacities. We also want to make sure that we can play a leading role in the far-reaching technological transformation of the automotive industry. For this purpose, we will once again significantly increase our already very high investment in property, plant and equipment in the year 2014. The Mercedes-Benz Cars division and to a lower extent the Daimler Trucks division will contribute to this increase. In addition to capital expenditure, we are developing our position in the emerging markets by means of targeted financial investment in joint ventures and equity interests.

At the Mercedes-Benz Cars division, the focus of our capital expenditure will be on renewing and expanding our product range. The main projects include the preparations for the new C-Class family, the new smart models and further investment for our new compact cars. But substantial investment is planned also for the modernization and expansion of engine and transmission production at the plant in Untertürkheim, as well as for the expansion of our production capacities in the United States. After completing its Euro VI product offensive, Daimler Trucks will mainly invest in successor generations of existing products as well as the expansion and modernization of the plants, and new global component projects in 2014. At Mercedes-Benz Vans, the focus will be on further developing the existing model range and expanding the sales and service organization outside Western Europe, especially in the United States, Russia, Latin America and China. Key projects at Daimler Buses are advance expenditures for new models and product enhancements.