DAIMLER AG, aka Mercedes, needs no introduction as a producer of premium cars. Less known is the fact that it is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. In April this year, Daimler AG announced its intention to join forces with Volvo Trucks to develop, produce and market fuel cells for heavy-duty vehicles. The venture represents the kind of collaboration needed to protect the automotive industry in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. Daimler is a worthy exemplar of German manufacturing: content over hype, form with matching function, and a constant focus on sustainability. It strives for maximum fuel efficiency and minimal emissions, and is a pioneer in the field of autonomous vehicles. Daimler AG is winner of BV’s 2020 award for Most Innovative Automotive Manufacturer (Europe).