Questions & Answers

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Shares and share certificates

Daimler shares (Stock Exchange abbreviation DAI, ISIN DE 000 7100000) are global shares. That means that the stock can be traded on several stock exchanges around the world. The stock is listed on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (Germany) and Stuttgart (Germany).

The share register will record the changes of ownership in registered shares on a daily basis. This enables Daimler to communicate directly with the registered shareholders, e.g. to call a Shareholders' Meeting. If a bank's name is entered in the share register instead of the shareholder, the bank will forward communications from the company to the shareholder.

Stock certificates issued in the past do not bear coupons. For dividend payments or rights offerings, shareholders will receive a letter or check from the company, sent to the address shown in the share register.

Daimler AG shares are registered shares. That means that they bear the owner's name. In the case of stock held in a collective securities account, share transfers take place by the sale and updating of the relevant portfolios. In the case of physical stock certificates, transfers are usually made by reaching an agreement, handing over the securities, and placement of a transfer declaration on the reverse of the stock certificate. Vis-à-vis the Daimler AG the transfer also has to be entered in the share register to enable the company to communicate directly with the shareholder. The banks participating in transmission or safekeeping are obliged to deliver the necessary data for the share register to Daimler AG.

Dividends can be claimed within a period of four years. This limitation period begins with the end of the calendar year in which the Annual Meeting has resolved about the relevant dividend and in which the dividend has become due for payment.

To claim previous dividends please contact the Coupon Center of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, at the following address:

Deutsche Bank AG
Global Transaction Banking
Issuer Services – Institutional Cash & Securities Services
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
e-mail: core.emfo@db.com
Phone: +49 (0) 69 910 43540
Fax: +49 (0) 69 910 38794

It was the transfer agent for DaimlerChrysler and is the transfer agent and the main payment center for dividends of the company. You will also need to include your bank account details.

No, we do not issue Daimler share certificates.

Shareholders in Europe/Asia

registrar services GmbH
P.O. Box 1207
65742 Eschborn
Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 800 324 1111
Fax: +49 (0) 69 2222 34282
e-mail: daimler.service@rsgmbh.com

Shareholders in North America

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company

Daimler AG
c/o American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Attn. Susan Lucanto
Fax No. (001) 718 921 8200
USA

(toll free) Phone: +1 (0) 866 662 3934
e-mail: info@amstock.com
website: www.amstock.com

It is possible to buy and sell Daimler stock at any time before the date of the Annual Meeting. There is no share blocking.

Even if the stockholder has already confirmed attendance at the Annual Meeting, the stockholding in the share register and in the attendance record will be corrected to take purchases and sales into account. Therefore, the already issued Admission Ticket refers to the stockholding entered in the share register on the day the Admission Ticket was issued. However, the number of shares in the share register will be relevant for the voting process at the Annual Meeting (in person or via proxy).

ADR Program

Daimler ADRs are traded in the OTC Pink® (over the counter) market. You can refer to http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/DDAIY/quote and http://www.adr.db.com

Deutsche Bank Trust Company Americas is the depositary bank for the sponsored Daimler ADRs. The depositary bank plays a key role in issuance as well as cancellation of ADRs. It also maintains the ADR holders’ register, distributes the dividends in US dollars (if applicable) and facilitates the exercise of voting rights by ADR holders (if applicable).

Every Daimler ADR represents one Daimler ordinary share.

A registered holder’s name appears on the books of the depositary. The registered holder is considered the owner of record. Beneficial holders are not registered in their own name. Their holdings are registered in somebody else’s name, such as in the name of a broker, bank or nominee.

If you do not hold ADRs via a broker, bank or nominee, please contact the depositary bank’s transfer agent:

Toll-free number: (866) 706 0509
Direct Dial: (718) 921 8137
Email: DB@amstock.com

Deutsche Bank Shareholder Services
American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Peck Slip Station
P.O. Box 2050
New York, NY 10272-2050

If you hold via a broker, bank or nominee, please contact them directly.

Historical share prices for Daimler’s ADRs can be found on Deutsche Bank website (http://www.adr.db.com) or on the OTC Pink® website (http://www.otcmarkets.com/stock/DDAIY/quote)

Dividends and Taxation

The shareholders of Daimler approved at the Annual Meeting held on April 6, 2016, a dividend of €3.25 (prior year: €2.45) per share for the year 2015. With the once more increased dividend and thus the highest profit distribution by Daimler AG so far, we are letting our shareholders participate in the company’s success and at the same time expressing our confidence about the ongoing course of business.

This represents a total dividend payout of €3.477 million (prior year: €2.621 billion) and equals a pay-out ratio of approximately 40 percent of the net profit attributable to the shareholders of Daimler AG.

The dividend amount was paid on the first working day after the Annual Meeting, i.e. on April 7, 2016 to the custodian banks which took care of the dissemination to the shareholders.

This was also the day of ex dividend trading in the stock.

The Company is committed to a basic pay-out ratio of 40% of the net profit attributable to the shareholders of Daimler AG.

A table with dividend amounts and payment dates is available.

In order to be entitled to the dividend payment after the annual meeting, you need to buy the shares (ISIN: DE 000 7100000) at the latest on the day of the Annual Meeting. A minimum period of holding the shares before or after the Annual Meeting is not required. In case of a purchase off-exchange/ over-the-counter deviations may apply. You can obtain information about possible deviations from the seller of the shares.

Daimler AG shares are held in collective safekeeping. Please contact your personal / custodian bank.

Owners of DaimlerChrysler share certificates should contact

in Europe/Asia:

registrar services GmbH
P.O. Box 1207
65742 Eschborn
Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 6196 8870 700
Fax: +49 (0) 69 2222 34282
e-mail: daimler.service@rsgmbh.com

in North America:

Daimler AG
c/o American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Attn. Susan Lucanto
Fax No. (001) 718 921 8200
(toll free) Phone: +1 866 662-3934
e-mail: info@amstock.com
website: www.amstock.com

In the following, a distinction is made between shareholders subject to unlimited taxation in Germany (domestic shareholders) and foreign shareholders.

I. Domestic shareholders

(a) Taxation of dividends

The bank paying the dividend deducts withholding tax of 26.375% from the gross dividend paid by Daimler AG (= 25% withholding tax plus 5.5% solidarity surcharge on the withholding tax of 25%). The withholding tax generally has the effect of settling the shareholder’s income-tax obligation, i.e. the dividend income does not have to be declared in the German income tax return.

Example (based on the dividend proposed to be paid in 2016 for 2015):

  1 share 1,000 shares
Dividend €3.25 €3,250.00
Less 25% withholding tax -€0.81 -€812.50
Less 5.5% solidarity surcharge on the withholding tax -€0.04 -€44.69
Net dividend paid €2.40 €2,392.81

In addition to the withholding tax, as of January 1, 2015, church tax is also to be deducted from investment income if the shareholder belongs to a religious group for which taxes are collected by the German fiscal authorities.

If the shareholder provides a non-assessment certificate or a tax exemption order (in a sufficient amount) for investment income, the dividend is paid without any deduction.

If the shareholder has not provided his or her custodian bank with a tax exemption order for investment income or with a non-assessment certificate, but would qualify to receive such an order or certificate, he or she can receive a refund of the amount of the withholding tax deducted by the custodian bank from the fiscal authorities after this is duly filed in his or her income-tax return.

(b) Taxation of gains on the sales of shares

If a shareholder sells Daimler shares that were acquired after December 31, 2008, any capital gain is subject to withholding tax. This means that the German custodian bank deducts withholding tax of 26.375% (withholding tax plus solidarity surcharge) and if applicable plus church tax. The withholding tax has the effect of settling the shareholder’s income-tax obligation, i.e. the capital gain is generally no longer included in the shareholder’s income-tax assessment.

The period that shares are held no longer makes a difference to the tax treatment, unlike in the past (when capital gains were taxable only within a so-called speculation period of one year).

(c) Losses on the sale of shares

Losses on the sale of Daimler shares that the shareholder acquired after December 31, 2008 can only be offset against taxable gains on the sale of shares that were also acquired after December 31, 2008. If the Daimler shares were acquired before January 1, 2009, the losses are not tax deductible.

Note:

The explanations given above serves only as general indications and do not constitute tax advice. The explanations reflect our interpretation of the relevant tax regulations as they are currently applicable. In individual cases, we recommend consulting a tax advisor to obtain additional information.

1. Principles

1.1. Taxation in Germany

Natural persons who are neither resident nor normally living in Germany are subject to income tax on capital gains under Section 49 EStG (German income tax legislation). These include dividends from German corporations.

For persons to whom this provision applies, the income tax deducted from the dividend as withholding tax is deemed to settle the tax liability of these persons. The level of withholding tax retained in Germany also depends on the provisions of any double taxation agreements between the Federal Republic of Germany and the stockholder's home country.

1.2. Taxation abroad

Taxation of German dividends in the stockholder's home country is subject to the local fiscal regulations.

2. Payment of the dividend

The custodian bank pays the dividend to the stockholders deducting 25% capital gains tax and 5.5% solidarity supplement.

    1 Share 1,000 Shares
Dividend per share   3.25 Euro 3,250.00 Euro
less withholding tax 25% -0.81 Euro -812.50 Euro
less solidarity supplement on the withholding tax 5,5% of 25% -0.04 Euro -44.69 Euro
Payment   2.40 Euro 2,392.81 Euro

The stockholder can file an application for a single tax voucher („Einzelsteuerbescheinigung”) at the custodian bank (showing the retained withholding tax and solidarity supplement) if the stockholder wants to apply for a reimbursement with the Bundeszentralamt für Steuern.

If the amount (tax rate) of the retained withholding tax and solidarity supplement exceeds the amount (tax rate) provided for in any existing double taxation agreement, shareholders of the company living abroad may apply for a reimbursement with the

Federal Central Tax Office
Department St III 2
An der Küppe 1
D-53225 Bonn
Germany

Contacts for foreign investors
Phone: +49 (0) 228 406 1212
Fax +49 (0) 228 406 3119

Internet:

The German tax authority offers a sub site: www.Germantaxes.info

The amount must be claimed until December 31, 2020.

Note:

The explanations given above serves only as general indications and do not constitute tax advice. The explanations reflect our interpretation of the relevant tax regulations as they are currently applicable. In individual cases, we recommend consulting a tax advisor to obtain additional information.

Annual Meeting 2016

The ordinary Annual Meeting (AM) is the meeting of the shareholders. It generally takes place once a year. Access to the AM and voting rights are provided only for holders of registered shares and their representatives. As a rule, the AM is called by the Board of Management at least 30 days plus time for registration period in advance.

The AM is a forum for discussions between the shareholders and the Board of Management (based on the Agenda) as well as resolutions on the items of the Agenda, which has been announced prior to the AM.

The most important functions of the AM are the resolutions relating to the allocation of the distributable profit, the ratification of the actions of the members of the Board of Management and the Supervisory Board, appointing auditors, and the appointment of the representatives of the shareholders for the Supervisory Board.

The passing of resolutions generally requires a simple majority, but no quorum.

The convocation of the AM including the Agenda is published at least on the 37th day before the AM in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). The announcement of convocation of the ordinary Annual Meeting of Daimler AG was issued on February 22, 2016.

The Agenda in particular lists the significant resolution items for the AM.

The Agenda is announced by way of its publication in the Federal Gazette (Bundesanzeiger). In addition, the Company is obligated to communicate the convocation of the AM including the Agenda to all shareholders registered in the share register.

After publication of the Agenda, shareholders may raise countermotions to proposals of the Board of Management and/or Supervisory Board concerning certain items of the Agenda and submit election proposals. Daimler AG will publish received countermotions and election proposals on its website at www.daimler.com/ir/am2016/motions. Countermotions and election proposals, which were not received by Daimler AG before March 22, 2016 midnight, need not be made publicly accessible.

All shareholders registered in the share register receive the convocation of the AM including the Agenda, the information for registration and appointment of proxy and, in case of postal delivery, a pre-paid return envelope addressed to Daimler Shareholder Service. Timely registration in conjunction with the record in the Company's share register authorizes the shareholder to take part in the AM and to exercise his/her voting right.

The registration must be received by the Company at one of the addresses stated in the convocation of the AM or via the e-service for shareholders until Friday, April 1, 2016 at the latest.

Shareholders not attending the AM in person have the option of voting by proxy, for example, the voting proxies appointed by the Company, a bank, a shareholders’ association or a third party. Timely notification of the intention to attend the AM is required also in this case, either by the shareholder or a proxy.

If a bank or shareholders' association is appointed as proxy, the proxy authorization and, where applicable, voting instructions must be sent directly to the bank or shareholders’ association. Before transferring any voting rights, shareholders should make sure that the bank or shareholders’ association is prepared to exercise the voting rights on the shareholder's behalf.

If neither a bank nor a shareholders’ association nor another equivalent person or institution as defined by Section 135, Subsections 8 and 10 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz), but another third party is authorized as a proxy, the proxy authorization and, if applicable any revocation of such authorization are to be communicated either in writing or via electronic media (“Textform”) to the address, fax number or e-mail address stated in the convocation of the AM or in writing or via electronic media (“Textform”) to the proxy. In the latter case, the Company must be furnished with proof in writing or via electronic media (“Textform”). Proxy authorisation can also be granted in the context of ordering admission tickets via the e-service for shareholders. Shareholders can find further information on this and, in particular, regarding the use of the e-service for shareholders, in the convocation of the AM.

Alternatively, a shareholder may appoint the company proxies and give voting instructions to those proxies, who will vote solely according to the instructions of the shareholder at the AM. The shareholder can issue the authorization of company proxies and the voting instructions via the e-service for shareholders, via telefax, e-mail or post. Shareholders can find further information on this in the convocation of the AM.

These are employees of the company authorized by the shareholder, who will vote at the AM only in accordance with the voting instructions issued to him/her. Daimler AG has appointed two employees as company proxies.

Shareholders, who cannot attend the AM in person, may make use of absentee voting. Absentee voting enables shareholders to cast their votes in writing or via electronic media ("Textform") preferably by using the reply form or to vote online through the e-service for shareholders. Shareholders using the absentee voting are not attending at the AM, and thus are not recorded in the attendance list. However, his/her shares are among the share capital represented in the AM.

Authorized banks, shareholders’ associations and equivalent persons or institutions as defined by Section 135, Subsections 8 und 10 of the German Stock Corporation Act (Aktiengesetz) who professionally offer shareholders their services in exercising voting rights at the AM may also vote by absentee voting.

Through the e-service for shareholders available at https://register.daimler.com, our shareholders can register for the AM, order and print out admission tickets, issue a proxy in the course of ordering an admission ticket, cast their votes by absentee voting, issue proxy and voting instructions to the company proxies prior to an AM and, if previously authorized in the e-service for shareholders, revoke proxies or amend voting instructions. In Addition shareholders may throughout the year

  • switch their AM invitations to e-mail
  • get access to the share register
  • access and if necessary, update their personal data, and
  • call up tailored information

Showing his admission ticket a shareholder can demonstrate his/her authorization to attend the AM. However, receipt of an admission ticket is no condition for attending the AM or for exercising voting rights but only conduces to facilitate the organization of the AM.

Shareholders can order admission tickets using one of the addresses stated in the convocation of the AM or via the e-service for shareholders. Orders must be received by the company until Friday, April 1, 2016 at the latest. Also those shareholders who use our e-service for shareholders can print their admission tickets themselves.

Daimler is the first DAX 30 company to offer a mobile ticket to the Annual Meeting 2016 via the e-service for shareholders. Consequently, to attend the Annual Meeting, an admission ticket on paper becomes negligible. Our shareholders can thus attend our AM more easily.

The participants receive the mobile ticket as an e-mail with Quick-Response (QR) code on their mobile device, e.g. smartphone. Access to the AM will be granted after the mobile ticket on the screen of the smartphone has been presented at the entrance. Please note that the mobile ticket is only valid in connection with a valid passport or identity card.

On reporting to one of the shareholders' registration desks on the day of the AM, each admission ticket will be exchanged for a pad of voting cards. Each holder of a mobile ticket receives a pad of voting cards.

The shareholder is thereby registered as present and is therefore also entitled to vote. The pad of voting cards contains among other things voting cards for the items contained on the Agenda and cards for granting proxy. The back cover of the pad of voting cards serves as a certificate of attendance.

This is the right to take part in voting at the AM, which is conferred to a share. Each share of Daimler AG represents one vote.

Exercising the right to vote is the basic entitlement of every shareholder. He/She may also delegate this right to a third party, particularly to employees identified by the company (Company proxy), a shareholder's association or the bank managing his portfolio by way of proxy.

The right to exercise the vote is determined according to the Articles of Incorporation of Daimler AG by the shareholding registered in the share register on the date of the AM. Furthermore the respective shareholder may only vote at the AM if he/she registered in due time. This shareholding will correspond the holding as per the registration deadline on April 1, 2016 midnight, since changes to the share register are not made for technical reasons from the end of April 1, 2016 up to the end of the Annual Meeting (registration stop).

Electronic database that records the owners of registered shares. The custodian banks electronically communicate changes of ownership. Entries into the share register may be done in two possible ways:

a) The shareholder himself is automatically registered with his name, address, date of birth and number of shares, or

b) the shareholder objects and lets his custodian bank be registered and is not mentioned in the share register himself.

For voting, the number of shares registered at the day of the AM is decisive. Furthermore the respective shareholder may only vote at the AM if he/she is registered in due time. This shareholding will correspond the holding as per the registration deadline on April 1, 2016 midnight, since changes to the share register are not made for technical reasons from the end of April 1, 2016 up to the end of the Annual Meeting (registration stop).

The language to be used at the AM is German.

A simultaneous English translation via headphones will be provided in a specially designated area in the Plenum for all English - speaking meeting participants. In addition, speeches in English will be simultaneously translated and conveyed over loudspeakers in the halls.

A live webcast of the introductory statements made by the chairman of the Supervisory Board Dr. Manfred Bischoff and the speech given by the Chairman of the Board of Management, Dr. Dieter Zetsche will be available on www.daimler.com/ir/am2016 and afterwards available online as a video recording.

Further information about the Annual Meeting 2016

Other topics

Each shareholder has the right to examine his own data in the share register. This can be done at the registered office of Daimler in Stuttgart, Germany. The share register is kept in the form of an electronic database, which is updated each day to record the purchase and sale transactions throughout the world. The following details are stored in the register of shareholders: surname, first name, address, e-mail address (if submitted), shareholder number, number of shares, date of birth.

Please contact your broker or the transfer agent of Daimler in the United States:

American Stock Transfer & Trust Company
Daimler AG
c/o American Stock Transfer & Trust Company, LLC
6201 15th Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Attn. Susan Lucanto
Fax No. (001) 718 921 8200
USA

(toll free) Phone: +1 (0) 866 662 3934
e-mail: info@amstock.com
website: www.amstock.com

The shareholder service personnel will be happy to assist you.

Daimler offers you several possibilities for finding out about the company's performance. The company reports and interim reports are available on the Daimler Website in the "Investor Relations" section under "Reports". You are able to read, download and/or print out the reports. There is also a free "Order Service" in the "IR Services" section under https://www.daimler.com/investors/services/order-service.html. You will then receive the documents by postal mail.

You also have the possibility of subscribing to our IR Newsletter in the "IR Services" section via https://www.daimler.com/investors/services/newsletter.html. This will ensure that you regularly receive up-to-date information and details of new reports as these become available on our website.

Old Daimler-Benz stock certificates

The extended deadline for voluntary exchange of Daimler-Benz shares against DaimlerChrysler shares expired on November 6, 1998. As of December 21, 1998 Daimler-Benz AG was absorbed in the merger with DaimlerChrysler AG. Trading in Daimler-Benz stock ceased at that time. With the change of the corporation's name from DaimlerChrysler to Daimler in Fall 2007, also the shares were renamed to Daimler shares. You have the right to exchange Daimler-Benz shares for Daimler shares.

Claims for dividends based on Daimler-Benz share certificates and the special payout of June 1998 which have not yet been raised, expired at the end of the year 2002.

Holders of old Daimler-Benz share certificates (in Deutsche Mark) can still exchange them for Daimler shares and, under certain requirements, receive payment of past dividends in excess of statutory provisions, beginning with the dividend paid in 1999 for business year 1998.

Please contact the Coupon Center of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt, at the following address:

Deutsche Bank AG
Global Transaction Banking
Issuer Services – Institutional Cash & Securities Services
Taunusanlage 12
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 69 910 43540
Fax: +49 (0) 69 910 38794
e-mail: core.emfo@db.com

This the exchange agent for Daimler and the main payment center for DaimlerChrysler and Daimler dividends. You will also need to include your bank account details.

Daimler-Benz stock certificates with a valid coupon sheet are still being accepted for exchange. The bank will probably charge you a fee for this, which is not refundable by Daimler. You may also contact the Coupon Center of the Deutsche Bank.

All stockholders whose shares are transfer posted/exchanged after the merger will also receive a bonus of 0.5%. This bonus is issued either as one additional share for every 200 shares in a portfolio, or as a cash credit for the fractional shares. For physical Daimler-Benz stock certificates you will receive Daimler shares in the form of a collective securities account credit. When you make the exchange you are not permitted to retain your old Daimler-Benz stock certificates, or to have them cancelled and returned.

Since Daimler shares are registered shares, the shareholders' names will be entered in the share register, or the existing entry will be updated, unless your custodian bank has them entered under its name. The fees for this process will be charged to the banks by the central securities account center of Clearstream Banking AG (formerly the German Securities Settlement Organization or Kassenverein), and the banks may then pass them on to the customer.

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