Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the vehicle manufacturer is one of the largest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services provides financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance and innovative mobility services. The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today. The company's focus is on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe, high-end vehicles that captivate and appeal. For many years now, Daimler has been investing in the development of alternative drive systems with the goal of making emission-free driving possible in the long term. In addition to vehicles with hybrid drive, Daimler now offers the broadest range of locally emission-free electric vehicles powered by batteries and fuel cells. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment. Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world's most valuable premium automotive brand, Daimler's current brand portfolio includes smart, Freightliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2012, the Group sold 2.2 million vehicles and employed a workforce of 275,000 people. Revenue totalled €114.3 billion and PBIT amounted to €8.6 billion.