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Exciting news for fans of Pope Benedict XVI: His Holiness has a new set of wheels, and — shockingly! — it is a Mercedes-Benz SUV yet again. I guess he didn't take too kindly to my suggestion of an '86 Mitsubishi Starion Popemobile. »
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, the star of Chrysler's 2006 "Dr. Z." ad campaign, is under investigation for suspected involuntary manslaughter. Except it's not what you think. UPDATE! »
Opel is dying and the heads of BMW and Daimler would like the German state to keep its hands out of the process. »
A new Mercedes compact could be in your future, according to mustache aficionado, part-time bartender and Daimler Chief Dieter Zetsche. Despite previous reports that the A-Class was too expensive and the US dollar too weak, the sudden shift in American tastes has made the Mercedes A-Class not so much of a reach. Dr. Z… »
Daimler head Dr. Dieter "Tobias Funke" Zetsche, or Dr. Z as he's more affectionately known to us, was once again serving up beers at this year's Firehouse aftershow party (we were nervous that, after Daimler dropping down to only a partial owner he'd not come back). Though he only served up a few pints, we were quick… »
Chrysler Chief Deiter "Tobias" Zetsche says everything is great since they dumped Chrysler. Seriously. They feel great, look great and are seeing new people. They'd have totally made a profit last quarter, but they needed time to get over the breakup (and related charges). Things are looking up for old Daimler… »
I know DaimlerChrysler's claimed they sold the 'merican half of the business for $7.4 billion, but according to the Wall Street Journal as well as Brian O'Connor at the Detroit News, the sale price was significantly lower than that according to Cerberus CEO Lenny Tessler. He claims: »But according to the 's stat…
Hot on the heels of the announcement that the merger of equals will become a partial-ownership-but-mostly-sale-of-no-longer-equals comes an e-mail from Grand Master Mustache Dieter Zetsche to his beloved employees. Something about "toughest thing I've done in my professional career" and "Chrysler will be more agile… »
We spotted this interactive unit in the Volkswagen display. What is this — Ask Dr. K? Ask Dr. VW? Talk about rubbing it in the Chrysler Group's face. We love it when automakers kick each other when they're down. »
YODA : Your thoughts dwell on your potential to be a takeover target.
DIETER : I'd miss my job.
YODA : Afraid to lose it ... I think.
DIETER : (a little angry) What's that got to do with anything?
YODA: Everything. Fear is the path to the dark side ... fear leads to anger ... anger leads to hate ... hate,… »
Well, it looks as though our associate editor from Detroit's going to have to put his money where his always-on mouth is and explain his whole "Chrysler not really for sale but really could be"
idea on CNBC tonight. That's right, 'merica's business channel wants him to take a stab at Dr. Z.'s big idea… »
But yeah, we're totally with you on the direction this piece's going. Don't be afraid Bill Ford and Tom LaSorda, we know Rick's bigger than you, but rest easy — it'll only hurt for a moment.
Photo By: Bill Pugliano / Getty Images News »
Dieter's just spoken, and he's stated very
clearly on the speculation of whether the German-American hybrid's willing to look at selling off the Chrysler Group: »