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CarAdvice podcast 53: Two car guys attempting round-Australia record!

Join Mandy, James Ward and James Wong as we bring you the big car news of the week. Hear details of the turbo V8-powered 2018 BMW M5, PSA Peugeot Citroen shifts Australian distribution to Subaru operator Inchcape, first car ever to get a speeding fine is on show, 2018 Haval H9 revealed and Chinese electric supercar sets new Nurburgring road-legal car record...

2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class drops more camouflage in new spy photos

The upcoming 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been spied again this week, dropping a little more of the disguise it was seen wearing in February. Newly visible on this prototype are the shape of the headlights and the grille, while the lower air intake in the front bumper is wider and looks closer to production-ready compared to the last time the A-Class was spotted...

2017 Mercedes-Benz V220d arrives in Australia from $74,990

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz V-Class range has been bolstered with the addition of a new V220d variant, which reduces the price of entry by over $12,000 to $74,990 before on-road costs. Slotting in beneath the top-spec V250d Avantgarde and above the more basic Valente people movers, the V220d forgoes some of the higher specification of the V250, while also featuring a slightly less powerful version of the 2...

First car ever to get a speeding fine, heading to UK Concours of Elegance

The first car to ever receive a speeding fine - according to one claim, at least - will be on display at the 2017 Concours of Elegance in the UK. In 1896, the Arnold Benz Motor Carriage was estimated to be speeding at four times the limit, at a blistering 8mph (13km/h), when a policeman on a bicycle pulled him over...

Mercedes-Benz recalls several models for repair fault, airbags affected

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 11 vehicles from its A-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLE and G-Class lines repaired or serviced during early December 2016 over concerns a faulty software upload could cause several issues with vehicle emissions and safety systems...

Mercedes-Benz to knuckle down on hybrid EVs, autonomous tech

At this year's New York motor show, Britta Seeger, head of Sales and Marketing for Mercedes-Benz, reinforced the brand’s commitment to working harder on new hybrid technology and to better positioning the public’s understanding of autonomous driving technology. “We have a very clear plan to work even more on hybrid,” Seeger told Australian media...

Mercedes-Benz SLC won't be replaced - report

A new report indicates the Mercedes-Benz SLC won't be renewed for another generation. Overnight, Automobile magazine detailed parts of the three-pointed star's near-term sports car strategy. According to the publication's sources, the SLC has disappeared from the company's product cycle plan...

Mercedes-Benz Energy home battery system launches in the UK, Australia to follow shortly

Mercedes-Benz is following Tesla into the home energy business with the announcement that the brand's UK arm is readying delivery of its first energy storage units - and an Australian launch is imminent. The lithium-ion battery systems are based on the same technology Mercedes-Benz has been utilising in its hybrid and electric vehicles since 2012...

Mercedes-Benz: 'Many more' models in the pipeline, but premium image the top priority

The head of marketing and sales for Mercedes-Benz, Britta Seeger, says new product is more important than ever before, but needed to be backed by strong marketing, dealer performance, and aftersales success. Above all, though, is the brand's premium status. “Since 2011 when we started the 2020 Programme, one strong aspect was the product platform,” Seeger said, speaking with Australian media at the New York motor show...

2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled for steering fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for two examples of its previous-generation 2013 C-Class over concerns a improperly tightened bolt in the steering assembly could cause the coupling to detach from the shaft. According to the German manufacturer, the two vehicles affected may have loose bolts securing the steering coupling as a result of a manufacturing fault...

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, AMG, Maybach models revealed

The anticipated and comprehensively updated 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class family has been revealed this week, debuting at the Shanghai motor show. Bringing a host of technologies and enhancements to ensure the S model maintains its place atop the Mercedes totem, the revised line-up will make its way to Australia by the end of 2017...