Designers at Daimler AG are also responsible for the trucks and buses design of all brands worldwide: Mercedes-Benz and Setra, Freightliner, Western Star and Thomas Built Buses in the USA, FUSO in Japan and BharatBenz in India.
Global thinking is paramount here, because designers must generate synergies. Even if each brand needs its own identity, individual components must remain compatible.
However, the horizon of designers in Sindelfingen does not end at the current models, but already stretches out into the next generation. In other words, for example, it goes as far as Future Truck 2025, a project that aims to bring autonomous driving to roads.
Designers are also responsible for van design and the V-Class plays a particular role here. The V-Class is firstly available for passenger transport and meets all requirements to a Mercedes-Benz vehicle. The model series is not only intelligent, but its design also makes it very emotional. Then there is the Vito commercial vehicle. The body of both models is identical: pure and sensual in form. The interior is what distinguishes the V-Class from the Vito: modern luxury for the V-Class and modern purity for the Vito.