Overall statement on future development

On the basis of the measures we initiated in 2013, we can look to 2014 and the following years with confidence. We made considerable progress with our growth and efficiency strategy in the year under review. In all of our automotive divisions, we are successfully facing the competition with new and extremely attractive products. At Mercedes-Benz Cars, we will gain new customers and further strengthen our worldwide market position with our new and very attractive models in the compact class. The new C-Class will ensure additional unit sales in 2014, and with the new S-Class, we are once again defining the benchmark in the segment of luxurious automobiles. Daimler Trucks is extremely well positioned with its existing product portfolio, the all-new range of Mercedes-Benz trucks (Actros, Arocs, Antos, Atego, Unimog and Econic), the new Freightliner Cascadia Evolution and the FUSO models from Chennai in India, and our products in the areas of buses and vans are worldwide leaders amongst the competition. Furthermore, as a result of extensive investment in our sales organization and production facilities, we have created the right conditions to effectively utilize the growth opportunities offered in Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe in all our divisions. The continuation of a very high budget for research and development expenditure ensures that we will convince our customers also in the coming years with tailored products, new technologies and groundbreaking solutions for sustainable mobility.

To make sure that our targeted growth and the associated investment activity take place on a sound financial basis, we are implementing wide-ranging programs to enhance efficiency in all our divisions, whose effects were already apparent in 2013 and which will have a positive impact on earnings above all in the following years. In addition, we will focus our organization even more on customers and markets with the “Customer Dedication” initiative. This will make us faster and more flexible in the management of our business and in addressing customers’ desires, and will create the right conditions for us to grow profitably in our core business and in new markets.