Daimler AG welcomes its cooperation partner Beijing Automotive Group Co. Ltd. (BAIC Group) as a new investor.
“We are very pleased that our long-standing partner BAIC is now a long-term investor in Daimler. This step reinforces our successful partnership and is a signal of trust in the strategy and future potential of our company. The Chinese market remains a crucial pillar of our success – not only for sales, but also for our product development and production,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars.
BAIC has acquired an equity interest of approximately five percent in Daimler AG through Investment Global Co. Ltd., a 100 percent subsidiary. Daimler and BAIC are linked in a long-standing strategic partnership that has existed since 2003. Since then, the two companies have cooperated in the production, research and development, and sale of passenger cars, vans and trucks.
In 2013, Daimler acquired an equity interest in BAIC Motor, a listed subsidiary of BAIC, and currently holds 9.55 percent of its shares. Since 2018, Daimler has also held an interest of 3.01 percent in BAIC BluePark New Energy Technology Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of electric vehicles for China.