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Lieb’s five-year run as Mercedes CEO was cut short when he was dismissed for allegedly misusing $100,000 in company funds to upgrade a Mercedes-owned home in New Jersey. Lieb’s lawyer, Stefan Naegele, states that some of the improvements were ordered or approved by Daimler’s facility management. Those that weren’t on the list were called necessities with Naegele stating that the washer and dryer were replaced because they were not repairable and the home gym was refurbished because of water damage.
Naegele will be approaching the case with the premise that Daimler has fired dozens of former executives unfairly as a result of their “zero tolerance” crackdown on ethics violations. The American government had alleged that Daimler made improper payments of at least $56 million from 1998-2008 to at least 22 countries in order to obtain government contracts. In April 2010, Daimler paid out $185 million to settle the charges.
Mercedes-Benz USA CEO Ernst Lieb (center) was dismissed this week over allegations of major breaches of compliance, according to a report by German newspaper Handelsblatt.
Lieb is reported to have paid for an addition to his home, as well as golf club fees at the expense of parent company Daimler. ”Ernst was repeatedly warned, but he did it again,” said an unnamed Daimler executive. A spokesman for Daimler would not comment on the matter.
The Truth About Cars reports that earlier in the decade, another Mercedes executive was fired for similar improprities, and that even Lieb’s excellent standing within the company couldn’t save him from losing his job over the matter.
[Source: Fox Business]
Mercedes will price the all-new 2010 E-Class significantly less than the outgoing model. In fact, the 2010 E350 will retail for just under $50,000 – $49,475 to be exact. That price is $4,600 less than the ’09 E-Class.
“We are continuing the strategy we started with the new C class two years ago by pricing close to actual transaction prices,” Mercedes USA CEO Ernst Lieb told the Automotive News.
The 2010 E-Class includes a long list of sate-of-the-art safety features, some of which are not yet offered in the flagship S-Class. These include Blind Sport Assist, Attention Assist, Brake Assist Plus and Lane Keeping Assist, which will notify the driver through vibrations in the steering wheel if the vehicle detects it is drifting off the road.
Higher level versions of the E-Class will also see MSRP reductions, with the E550 priced at $57,175, and the AWD 4MATIC model starting at 57,675.
As for the upcoming E-Class Coupe, it will be priced very close to the current CLK, with a base MSRP of $48,925 – $50 less than the current CLK. The E550 Coupe will come in at $55,525.
The 2010 E-Class goes on sale in June, with 4MATIC versions offered in the fall and the E63 coming in early winter. As for the upcoming E350 Bluetec diesel, it will arrive in March of 2010. An E-Class Convertible will follow after that.
[Source: Automotive News]