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Victoria kicks off driverless vehicle technology trials

The Victorian government has started its autonomous driving technology trials, first announced in December last year. Launched to "help Victoria prepare for the future of driverless vehicles", the trial is being carried out in cooperation with roads company Transurban, along with VicRoads and RACV. Manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla and Volvo are also involved...

Road Trip: Eifel mountains in the Mercedes 300 CE 6.0 AMG 'Hammer'

The sharp right-hander, just before the town of Hirten in Germany’s Eifel mountains, approaches faster than you think. It’s a tricky corner, almost 160-degrees in radius, switching back on itself before opening out into a long, straight stretch of road flanked by the forests and fields Germany does so well...

I think I'm going to lose my bet.

The bet was a simple one. I reckoned that the new Mercedes-Benz X-Class would sell more than 5000 units in its first full year on sale in Australia. I even wrote it on one of the many whiteboards at our office, to which my colleague Rob laughed and suggested a less ambitious number...

Mercedes-Benz design boss teases upcoming concept on social media

The design boss for Mercedes-Benz has teased an upcoming concept car set to debut in the coming months, in a new video posted on Instagram. Chief design officer, Gorden Wagener, shared a short video with his team talking about a new concept, that will be a "big surprise"...

Millions of German diesel vehicles to gain emissions cutting software upgrade

After an event billed as the National Diesel Forum, involving Germany's top political leaders, the Volkswagen Group, BMW, Opel and Daimler (parent of Mercedes-Benz) have agreed to upgrade millions of diesel vehicles to cut their pollution output...

2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet: Local pricing announced

Australian pricing and initial details for the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet range have been announced this week, ahead of the drop-top's local launch in October. Just two variants will be offered here, the E300 and E400 4Matic, with prices kicking off at $123,500 plus on-road costs for the entry-level model...

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class: 48-volt system is the future, but diesel's not dead yet

With the recent resurgence of petrol engines - thanks largely to the efficiency and power delivered by turbo technology - and the addition of high-capacity mild hybrid systems like the 48V battery system used in the facelifted, 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (among others), you could be forgiven for thinking the bell is about to toll for the diesel engine...

Bosch, Mercedes-Benz launch automated valet parking site in Germany

The valet experience will be available to all in the near future, thanks to autonomous driving technology - and Bosch is planning to be at the forefront of providing that tech. In a new video released today, Bosch and technology partner Daimler have previewed a system that sees a Mercedes-Benz E-Class sedan guided to its space by newly installed infrastructure in the Mercedes-Benz Museum parking garage...

Mercedes-Benz Vans looking to bolster Australian line-up with small Citan

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz Citan cannot come soon enough for the company’s Australian dealer network, who continue to ask for a competitor to its pesky German rival, the Volkswagen Caddy. The Mercedes-Benz Citan – a Renault-Mercedes alliance product that is essentially a reworked take on the Renault Kangoo – has never been sold in Australia, primarily because it lacks a suitable drivetrain for the local market...

Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain 4x4²: Wild one-off special lives up to its name

An engineer from German marque Mercedes-Benz has created a wild off-road version of his E-Class All-Terrain crossover wagon, dubbed the E-Class All-Terrain 4x4². Jurgen Eberle, one of the company's vehicle development engineers, decided to make a series of modifications to his E-Class All-Terrain, in a fashion similar to Merc's own G500 4x4² off-roader...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class could gain AMG styling pack, but won’t get a V8

The all-new Mercedes-Benz X-Class may have set chins wagging with its not-like-the-concept styling, but the German company could soon introduce a more heavily stylised version of the dual-cab ute. The head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, told Australian media at the launch of the new X-Class ute there is no definite decision on whether there’ll be any involvement from the company’s performance side-arm, Mercedes-AMG...