Key Figures 2018. Divisions

Our five divisions of the Daimler Group performed very well in their markets in 2018, despite partially difficult conditions, thanks to numerous new and innovative products and services.

We have launched our new corporate structure in November 2019: Three legally independent stock corporations now operate under the parent company Daimler AG. The financial reporting for the 2019 financial year will still reflect the previous structure with five business units.

Mercedes-Benz Cars 2018

7,216 mn


previous year: € 8,843 mn

93,103 mn


previous year: € 94,351 mn

7.8 %

Return on sales

previous year: 9.4 %

5,684 mn

Investment in property, plant and equipment

previous year: € 4,843 mn

6,962 mn

R & D expenditure

previous year: € 6,642 mn


(units) Unit sales

previous year: 2,373,527

After setting new records in the prior year, Mercedes-Benz Cars performed well overall during the year under review, despite significantly less favorable conditions. Unit sales reached a record level once again, revenue was at the high level of the previous year, and EBIT also reached a high level, despite high advance expenditure for our product offensive and new technologies, as well as extraordinary expenses. During the year under review, we systematically forged ahead with our model offensive. Important new models in 2018 were the new A-Class, the G-Class, the CLS and the upgraded C-Class. We also presented the first production vehicle from our new EQ electric mobility brand. In order to be able to continue meeting demand for our vehicles quickly and flexibly in the future, we are systematically further developing our global production network with more than 30 locations on four continents. The most recent example of that is the pioneering Factory 56 at our site in Sindelfingen.

Mercedes-Benz Vans 2018

312 mn


previous year: € 1,147 mn

13,626 mn


previous year: € 13,161 mn

2.3 %

Return on sales

previous year: 8.7 %

468 mn

Investment in property, plant and equipment

previous year: € 710 mn

666 mn

R & D expenditure

previous year: € 565 mn


(units) Unit sales

previous year: 401,025

Mercedes-Benz Vans continued along its course of growth during the year under review, achieving a small increase in revenue and setting a new record for unit sales. Growth was mainly driven by positive developments in the United States, China and Latin America. We also set a new sales record in Germany. The launch of the new Sprinter and the first full year of availability of the X-Class in the pickup segment enabled us to consistently forge ahead with our “Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global” growth strategy. In addition, our future-oriented “adVANce” initiative has allowed us to systematically move ahead with the transformation of Mercedes-Benz Vans from a vehicle manufacturer into a supplier of holistic transportation and mobility solutions for cargo and passengers. EBIT in 2018 was significantly lower than the previous year’s high level.

Daimler Trucks 2018

2,753 mn


previous year: € 2,383 mn

38,273 mn


previous year: € 35,755 mn

7.2 %

Return on sales

previous year: 6.7 %

1,105 mn

Investment in property, plant and equipment

previous year: € 1,028 mn

1,295 mn

R & D expenditure

previous year: € 1,322 mn


(units) Unit sales

previous year: 470,705

2018 was a successful year for Daimler Trucks. In a mainly positive market environment, we succeeded in significantly increasing unit sales, revenue and earnings to new record levels. We increased our unit sales by double-digit rates in the NAFTA region, Indonesia, India and Brazil. At the IAA Commercial Vehicles trade fair, we presented part of our broad portfolio of vehicles with alternative drive systems: the all-electric eActros, the FUSO eCanter, the electric school bus from Thomas Built Buses and the Actros NGT powered by natural gas. The newly launched Actros is a pioneer for safety with Active Drive Assist, Active Brake Assist 5 and the mirror-cam system.

Daimler Buses 2018

265 mn


previous year: € 281 mn

4,529 mn


previous year: € 4,524 mn

5.9 %

Return on sales

previous year: 6.2 %

144 mn

Investment in property, plant and equipment

previous year: € 94 mn

199 mn

R & D expenditure

previous year: € 194 mn


(units) Unit sales

previous year: 28,676

In 2018, business developments at Daimler Buses were strongly influenced by the economic crises in normally profitable key markets and the associated decrease in demand for buses. This situation led to a downward adjustment of anticipated earnings during the year under review, with the division’s full-year EBIT decreasing significantly compared with the previous year. At the same time, the gradual recovery of the Brazilian economy, strong demand in the EU30 region and growth in India led to a significant increase in global unit sales at Daimler Buses in 2018. As the market leader in its most important traditional core markets, Daimler Buses focuses on innovative and pioneering city buses and touring coaches. In 2018, Daimler Buses once again presented itself as a future-oriented manufacturer with new products such as the eCitaro, digital services, a “future package” for our production network and the implementation of the CASE strategy.

Daimler Financial Services 2018

1,384 mn


previous year: € 1,970 mn

26,269 mn


previous year: € 24,530 mn

11.1 %

Return on Equity

previous year: 17.7 %

71,927 mn

New business

previous year: € 70,721 mn

154,072 mn

Contract volume

previous year: € 139,907 mn

64 mn

Investment in property, plant and equipment

previous year: € 43 mn

The number of cars and commercial vehicles financed or leased by Daimler Financial Services reached a new all-time high of more than 5.2 million at the end of financial year 2018. Contract volume developed positively, while EBIT was significantly lower than in the prior year, mainly as a result of the agreement reached to end the Toll Collect arbitration proceedings. The combination of sales financing with brokered automotive insurance policies continues to gain importance. The division’s range of innovative mobility services was further expanded. Today, services such as car2go, moovel and the ride-hailing group with its mytaxi, Beat, Clever Taxi and Chauffeur Privé brands are used by 31.0 million customers all over the world. In 2018, we also announced plans to establish a new joint venture for mobility services with BMW.

Revenues and EBITs of the divisions are not consolidated. This means each unit is looked at like an independent company, and deliveries between divisions (e.g. of engines from Mercedes-Benz Cars to Mercedes-Benz Vans) are included in that calculation. These internal deliveries have to be eliminated on Group level. That is why the sum of the unconsolidated revenues of the divisions is not equal to the consolidated revenue of Group level. You will find details in the notes to the consolidated financial statements, note 34.

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