2003

1 January 2003 Dr Weber assumes responsibility for the Group Research & Technology department
6 January 2003 Mitsubishi Fuso: commercial vehicles from Japan
11 - 21 January 2003 Detroit: many premieres
31 January 2003 Award for ecological project in Brazil
6 - 16 March 2003 Geneva Motor Show: world premiere for CLK Convertible
9 March 2003  
14 March 2003 Commercial vehicles: principal shareholder of Mitsubishi Fuso
23 March 2003 First Formula One win for Kimi Räikkönen
24 March 2003 New Actros especially economical
5 May 2003 First fuel cell bus delivered to Madrid
5 May 2003 DaimlerChrysler Bank occupies new headquarters
9 May 2003 Second-generation Vito
May 2003 E-Class available as chassis for special bodies
4 June 2003 International distinction for AMG 5.5-liter V8
30 June 2003 World first: synthetic diesel fuel
15 July 2003 Fuel cell system activities concentrated
21 July 2003 First particulate filter for passenger car diesel engines
3 September 2003 First seven-speed automatic transmission for passenger cars
7 September 2003 Relief convoy departs for Afghanistan
9 September 2003 Armoured Maybach receives approval for sale
11 - 21 September 2003 Frankfurt: foretaste of the CLS and smart forfour
18 September 2003 One-millionth A-Class rolls off assembly line in Rastatt
5 October 2003 Championship titles and constructors' title won in DTM
6 October 2003 Cooperation in the area of steering gear and steering systems
9 October 2003 Fuel cell Sprinter goes into practical testing
12 October 2003 Kimi Räikkönen Formula One runner-up
16 October 2003 Coveted "Truck of the Year" prize for Actros
17 - 22 October 2003 Midi touring coach Tourino presented to the public
25 October - 5 November 2003 F 500 Mind research vehicle with hybrid drive
October 2003 Touring coaches equipped as standard with ESP
October 2003 Three fuel cell buses for Reykjavik
4 November 2003 Three fuel cell buses in everyday operation in Stuttgart
14 November 2003 One-millionth Sprinter van rolls off Düsseldorf assembly line
17 - 19 November 2003 Cooperation project: biodiesel from plants
19 November 2003 MTU aeroengines division sold
4 December 2003 First production engine comes off assembly line in Kölleda
17 December 2003 New M 272 V6 gasoline engine presented
18 December 2003 First Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren raises 1.5 million euros at charity auction
December 2003 Nanotechnology makes paint more durable
December 2003 Market launch of the S 65 AMG and CL 65 AMG models
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