Mercedes-Benz fired CEO Ernst Lieb for using company’s money

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 19, 2011

Earlier this week we told you that Ernst Lieb a.k.a. CEO of Mercedes-benz USA was dismissed by Daimler but nobody revealed anything else. Today, thanks the The Financial Times, we found out that Ernst Lieb broke some human resources and ethics policies relating to household expenses paid by the automaker. Lieb was in the post just over five years and was working for Daimler for more than 30 years.

It appears that Daimler adopted a zero-tolerance policy on compliance and ethics matters and the fact that Lieb paid someone who worked in his household with company funds didn’t like the officials. Lieb also had previous compliance issues with the company due to a golf club membership for his wife that Mercedes-Benz paid.

Still, he solved it by reimbursing the company for the cost. With Ernst Lieb as a leader, Mercedes-Benz sales increased 9 percent last month to 21,649 units, but the German manufacturer is still on the second place behind Bmw. Mercedes-Benz is followed by Lexus, but the Japanese car manufacturer saw sales dropping 12% to 14,995 units in September.

Thanks to its state-of-the-art auto technology, the third generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class is able to set new benchmarks among sport utility vehicles. All of the technologies allow the new M-Class to provide remarkable driving dynamics, outstanding passive safety, superb energy efficiency, and excellent ride comfort. These are further complemented by its interior design with superb ergonomics.

In terms of energy efficiency, the new M-Class, on average, consumes 25-percent less fuel than its predecessor -- the first time that Mercedes was able to reduce fuel consumption by such a huge amount following an SUV model change. This superb energy efficiency is thanks to several factors: its Cd value of 0.32; a lineup of ultramodern engines; a wide range of BlueEFFICIENCY measures; and new development tools like the "energy-transparent vehicle."

In fact, the ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC, compared to its predecessor, is around 28 percent more fuel efficient. It consumes only 6.0 liters of fuel per 100 km on the NEDC driving cycle and emits 158 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. Also, this model could travel up to 1,500 kilometers on a single tank of fuel. Of course, the third generation of the Mercedes-Benz M-Class exemplifies the carmaker’s Real Life Safety holistic safety concept, which is based on what occurs during a real accident.

As proof, the new M-Class features deformation zones both on the front and rear. This is complemented by a stiff and taut passenger cell that should appropriately and properly provide ample protection to the occupant of the new M-Class. Mercedes also took pains to improve the active safety and driver-fitness safety in the new M-Class by installing assistance systems found in the S-Class and E-Class.

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