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It might surprise some of you but I agree entirely. The decarbonization of industrial nations is necessary and carmakers will have to play a role.
Electrification will play a major role in the future of the automotive industry -- racing has always been a technology R&D platform for the motor industry, and this will make Formula E very relevant in the future.
We see the car transforming from a product into the ultimate platform.
Connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing and electric drive systems - each of these four trends has the potential to turn our industry on its head. Yet the real revolution lies in intelligently linking the four trends.
We believe this is a unique selling point and we cannot be ahead if we appoint a camera manufacturer to be our lead developer.
You of course take an example like this to take precautions to minimize risks like this and ideally to rule them out. That is why we reviewed existing measures, and intensified them in some cases, to avoid such a situation from arising.
We believe we can overtake BMW and Audi before 2020.
2015 was a good year for Daimler. We know from experience: Getting to the top is hard, but staying at the top is even harder. That's our ambition: Daimler belongs at the top on a sustained basis.
Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed. At the same time they have more respect for our achievements than we thought. There were concrete talks. I will not say anything about the content. It was not just about the fact that there is an innovative spirit in the Valley. We know that already. We wanted to see what drives it, and all the things that can be created from it.
The speed of innovation is so fast that you have to use every launch of a new model to roll stuff out.
We look positively into the year in China. The market forecast is for eight percent growth and we believe we can achieve market share gains.
I think we see the merging of several worlds, the tech industry, the internet and the automotive industry. These two worlds merging is like a smart phone on wheels, or you can say it's a car that has many of the capabilities of smart phones and computers and so on.
Sales in the Mercedes brand were up 14 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year. Our share of the luxury market is among our highest in history. Almost one in every five luxury vehicles sold here is a Mercedes.
The European market is not in a condition we expected three months ago.
I think it is realistic to assume that in 2020 we could see like five to a maximum of 10 percent of car sales being electric cars. Nevertheless, fully electric cars could be the stars of the show with several manufacturers displaying models due to go on sale in Europe later this year.
First of all, we have created the basis to make the next-generation of Smart cars in a successful and economically sustainable way.
Carlos Ghosn and I are here to see the long-term strategic operation between our two companies. By doing so we are creating considerable benefits for both parties from the very beginning.
We are not coming here for a financial return. We are not coming here to be a short-term player. We are coming to be long-term and to integrate Abu Dhabi economy, UAE economy, with our companies which we invested in.
We're aware of the responsibility we have to our employees, but also to society. Precisely because we take this responsibility seriously, there is no alternative but to continue improving our competitiveness; only if we grow profitably will we be able to guarantee the company's future and consequently guarantee jobs.