Stories are beginning to surface again about the likelihood that Mercedes’ parent company Daimler will lose its independence.
Earlier this month, other takeovers in Germany focused a spotlight on Daimler’s situation.
Currently the German carmaker has lost 45 percent of its value over the last year, but it still has €9 billion ($13.2 billion) in liquidity – a combination that makes it a perfect storm for unwelcome new owners.
A spokeswoman for Daimler said: “We do not see ourselves as a takeover candidate, but we cannot totally exclude the possibility. We have no indications that an investor is building a large stake.”