Daimler’s CEO promises pending Mercedes-brand compact cars will boast “highly emotional” designs while reiterating the auto maker’s plans to accelerate the introduction of series-production fuel-cell vehicles. Dieter Zetsche’s remarks, made during a media briefing from New York, underline his vision of a U.S. market served by increasing numbers of small cars and a global proliferation of alternative powertrain technology. Neither of these trends threatens Mercedes’ upscale cachet, he adds. ...

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