Hallo lazcnok,excuse me for answering so slow to your post. Toooo much work took hold of me...Let me explain the way DCX is seen over here.In Germany a mercedes is of course a upper class car but in comparison to the US only the upper models are luxury cars, the other types are driven by middle-class. Just imagine that the middle (E-Class) mercedes is the standard cab (Taxi) over here.In recent times mercedes tried to get hold of the market for smaller cars with the A-Class. I don`t know wether this car is sold in the US, but it directly aims at Volkswagen, Ford and Opel (GM).Further they tried to build a small trendy car, the smart, which almost flopped. This car is not sold under the name of mercedes and not sold through mercedes-dealers but own subsidiaries.The CEO, Mr. Shremp has the image to be very aggressive and a close friend of the shareholder value idea.Their recent problems are the Adtranz-division (railroad) and the above mentioned Smart. Adtranz is rumored to be sold and for the smart they soon will start new models.Chrysler is, except for the Jeep, almost unknown; so their is a lot to do for them over here.There are rumours that Daimler will take a knew HQ in the US to get part of the Dow-Jones or so. The opinion is growing, that being a german company was bad for the stockprice and this will change with moving HQ. DCX was hardly attacked for this rumours (Mercedes being sold of to a foreign country). But maybe these thoughts will change regarding the mannesman-vodafone-deal.Later moreYoursUli from munich
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