Kick-Off: Our Daimler Line-Up

Dear soccer-fans, it is time: with the opening match between the host Russia and Saudi-Arabia, the football World Championship starts today.

While all the other national coaches have already announced their line-up’s, the manager and the scouting department here at Daimler have been racking their brains for weeks: what is the right tactic, and which players should we bring with us? But they’ve come to a conclusion. Here it is, our Daimler Line-Up.

1. Goalie: Setra TopClass S 531 DT

With the number One on its back, the Setra TopClass S 531 DT won’t let anything past. The national trainer was smart to place the team bus between the goalposts: Except for the invited fans, this Setra doesn’t let anyone in. And thanks to the Active Brake Assist 4 and the Sideguard Assist, it always provides strong support. Two decks, 14 meters long, and 4 meters high – that’s what we call a serious goalie.

2. Full back: Freightliner Cascadia

Right back: the Freightliner Cascadia. It wins points for its efficiency and streamlining. So it’s clear why the coach sent it as an endurance runner to guard the right wing. Besides, with its innovative LED headlights it illuminates the entire pitch, so that no opposing striker can remain unseen.

3. Full back: Mercedes-Benz X 350 d 4MATIC

Big and robust, yet agile and quick on the uptake – that’s the Mercedes-Benz X-Class with its powerful six-cylinder engine and permanent four-wheel drive(preliminary figures: combined fuel consumption: 9.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 237 g/km*). The impressive left back in the defensive group sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than eight seconds, and thanks to its rugged build it’s up for any contact with the opposition. Player type: Tough but fair. The permanent all-wheel drive results in high driving stability and dynamic handling – not only on the road but also on the field.

(preliminary figures: combined fuel consumption: 9.0 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 237 g/km*)

4. Center back: Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5023

For the center back, the trainer chose a real all-rounder: the Mercedes-Benz Unimog
U 5023. Nothing can throw this living legend off course – and thanks to its steadfast routine, it has decided many a close game. That’s no surprise, because it has been the ideal truck for every scenario for over 70 years.

5. Defensive midfield: A-Class Sport Equipment

“Hey, Mercedes, who’s our compact speedster on the right wing?” Obviously, it’s the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class with sport equipment. Rapid, agile, and super-focused: Thanks to the new head-up displays, this player always has its eyes on the goal.

6. Defensive midfield: Mercedes-Benz Atego

You’ll come across the Mercedes-Benz Atego in many cities, signing autographs. And why not? After all, the European champion in distribution haulage is ideally equipped to master urban obstacle courses. It’s indispensable in the defensive midfield when it comes to passing the ball. In addition, its quality, reliability, and robust constitution significantly reduces costs for repairs and maintenance. It’s a worthwhile investment for every team.

7. Offensive midfield: FUSO eCanter

Our FUSO eCanter is going into the game with the number seven on its back. It’s the world’s first purely electrically driven series-produced truck. This e-truck is perfectly suited for its grueling position as a hard-working midfield engine. Whereas the average professional soccer player runs only 11 or 12 kilometers per game, the agile FUSO runs for more than 100 kilometers without having to stop at a charging station. The eCanter is guaranteed not to run out of power – even if a game goes into extra time. And because its 420 newton-meters of torque are available from the starting whistle on, its prowess as a sprinter is legendary.

8. Defensive midfield: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 319 CDI

Because of its high performance in all disciplines, it’s the player of choice for the midfield: the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 319 CDI in the high-roof variant(Combined fuel consumption: 8.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 214 g/km*). This Sprinter’s height of 2.09 meters could easily qualify it as a professional basketball player. We value our tall player not only for its great header balls and broad overview but also for its fine Technology – such as the 7G-Tronic Plus gearshift.

(Combined fuel consumption: 8.2 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 214 g/km*)

9. Striker: Mercedes-Benz S 500

The trainer is sending a real classic into the offensive: the S-Class – this time with a straight six-cylinder inline gasoline engine (Combined fuel consumption: 6.9–6.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 157–150 g/km). For soccer fans, it’s obvious that a modern striker has to be able to do more than his predecessors 30 or 40 years ago. After all, since then the game has become faster, more athletic, and more challenging. So it’s no surprise that the S 500 was chosen. Its appeal is due not only to its technology and class but also to a smart new turbocharging system with an electric additional compressor that ensures outstanding power delivery without “turbo lag.”

(Combined fuel consumption: 6.9–6.6 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 157–150 g/km)

10. Playmaker: Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster

Old hands at training know that a good playmaker is both the heart and the brains of the team. The Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster (combined fuel consumption: 11.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km*) likes to dispense with its roof, but it’s guaranteed to keep a cool head. It masters every twist and turn and runs rings around its opponents. And thanks to its AMG RIDE CONTROL sports suspension, our key player impresses with the highest level of driving dynamics. With it in the game, what could go wrong?

(Combined fuel consumption: 11.4 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 259 g/km*)

11. Striker: smart EQ fortwo

Our number 11 is nimble and maneuverable, and it takes advantage of every gap in traffic. On top of that, it easily fits into any parking space. Who is it? Obviously, it’s the smart EQ fortwo. This little runabout is just right for the big City – and also for the soccer field. Incidentally, its skill at scoring goals is due to a trick: On the green soccer field, it can’t be easily seen by the opposing team’s back line. That’s because of Daimler’s “Green Skin” pilot project, which you can read about here.

Coach: Mercedes-AMG G 63

In action for almost 40 years – a record that’s hard to beat. Our G-Class (combined fuel consumption: 13.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 299 g/km*) on the trainer’ bench is a real legend. In spite of its steady routine, this coach manages to inspire the team during every game. That’s because it can leap from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds. And like every good trainer, the G-Class displays its excellent qualities most clearly during tricky situations on the rocky road to the top. You could say that it really feels comfortable when the going gets rough.

(Combined fuel consumption: 13.1 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 299 g/km*)

How would your Line-Up look like? Which other Daimler vehicle should the trainer team call up for the squad? And Why? Feel free to share all of your Ideas in the comment-section below!

Last but not least: enjoy the World Championship!

* Weitere Informationen zum offiziellen Kraftstoffverbrauch und den offiziellen spezifischen CO₂-Emissionen neuer Personenkraftwagen können dem „Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO₂-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch“ neuer Personenkraftwagen entnommen werden, der an allen Verkaufsstellen und bei der Deutschen Automobil Treuhand GmbH unter unentgeltlich erhältlich ist.

She is an intern in internal communications at Daimler.