Daimler does not rule out cooperating with Tesla in future even though the German luxury car producer sold its stake in the U.S. electric vehicles company, Daimler's chief executive told a Polish newspaper.
Dieter Zetsche told the daily Rzeczpospolita that after selling the Tesla shares he "never regretted it. This does not exclude a cooperation in a future."
Daimler says Zetsche's remarks were made in response to a hypothetical question during a roundtable discussion at the Paris Motor Show and that there was no plan currently to explore opportunities to cooperate with Tesla.
The Stuttgart-based maker of Mercedes-Benz cars sold its 4 percent stake in Tesla in 2014. Last month it unveiled its electric SUV to compete with Tesla, which has dominated the fast-growing market for premium battery cars.
Zetsche, who is set to leave his post in May, said he saw no reason to buy Tesla shares again.