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Mercedes-Benz has recalled 944 cars over concerns the propellant mix in the front seatbelt tensioner may not meet specifications. According to the company, the issue could mean the front seatbelt tensioners don't deploy in an accident, putting occupants at greater risk of injury in an accident...

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The week's top news stories, February 18
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The week's top news stories, February 18

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you're not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven't missed anything important, we've gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


Mercedes-Benz recalls A, B, C, E, GLA and GLC
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Mercedes-Benz recalls A, B, C, E, GLA and GLC

Mercedes-Benz has recalled almost 22,000 cars across the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLA and GLC model lines, over concerns the driver airbag could inflate without warning. According to the company, electrostatic discharge could trigger the airbag if the steering column isn't sufficiently, or if the column switch module isn't grounded...


Mercedes-Benz: Same-same sedan design a non-issue
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Mercedes-Benz: Same-same sedan design a non-issue

The similarity between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class is a deliberate strategy – and it's working well, according to Gorden Wagener, Daimler head of design. In a wide-ranging chat with Australian journalists after the launch of the new A-Class, Wagener addressed the similarities between the brand's traditional three-box sedans...


Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing
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Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing

It's the type of thing that keeps you up at night – the thought of somebody breaking into your home while you're asleep. That's especially true in Victoria, where crime rates have skyrocketed. Crime rates are up by 16.7 per cent per 100,000 people over the past five years, with property and deception offences accounting for the greatest number of crimes reported...


2015-16 Mercedes-AMG C63 recalled
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2015-16 Mercedes-AMG C63 recalled

Mercedes-AMG has issued a recall for 1343 examples of its 2015 and 2016 C63 S model line, over concerns drivetrain torque peaks could cause the drive-shaft to fail. The manufacturer reports pulling away on wet roads could see the vehicle's drivetrain experience torque peaks. If the condition occurs, it could lead to the failure of the drive-shaft, resulting in a "loss of propulsion"...


2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate spied
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2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate spied

The facelifted 2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 Estate has been spied this week during development testing, giving us a first look at the updated performance wagon. Part of the forthcoming mid-life facelift for the wider Mercedes-Benz C-Class range, the AMG C63 seen here sports camouflaged bumpers and a disguised front grille, which points us to what changes are on the way...


2018 Infiniti Q50 30t Red Sport review
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2018 Infiniti Q50 30t Red Sport review

The 298kW, 4.9s 0-100km/h Infiniti Q50 Red Sport is a lot of luxury car for $80k. It looks the part, too, though there are some shortcomings you should know about before considering this unorthodox BMW alternative.


2016-17 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, S-Class, GLC recalled for seatbelt fix
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2016-17 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, S-Class, GLC recalled for seatbelt fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for 306 vehicles across its C-Class, S-Class and GLC model lines over concerns the seatbelt pretensioners may not deploy correctly. The German marque reports that affected models may have an incorrect propellant mixing ratio in the passenger seatbelt pretensioners, which could cause them to not deploy as intended...


Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet score five-star ANCAP rating
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Mazda CX-5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet score five-star ANCAP rating

The 2017 Mazda CX-5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by ANCAP this week, while the Kia Picanto micro car only managed four. Scoring 36.48 out of 38 for adult occupant protection (95 per cent), the CX-5 performed well in physical tests and comes with all three (City, Interurban, Pedestrian) levels of autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard equipment...


2017 Mercedes-Benz C200 Sport Edition on sale
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C200 Sport Edition on sale

A new value-packed model has arrived as part of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class range in the form of the new C200 Sport Edition. This newly-added version comes kitted out with plenty of additional extras over the regular entry-level petrol C-Class sedan model, yet with only a $4900 premium over the standard model, which lists at $61,900 plus on-road costs...


Medium car sales ranked
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Medium car sales ranked

Sales of medium-sized passenger cars continue to flag this year, beset by SUVs that cost the same price and offer greater practicality. VFACTS industry figures released this week show that Medium Car sales fell 10.6 per cent in July alone, and are down 6.3 per cent for the year. They have 5.5 per cent market share, less than small cars, light cars, and small/medium/large SUVs...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift spied inside and out
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift spied inside and out

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan facelift has been spied undergoing testing in southern Europe. Like the recent S-Class update, the C-Class facelift will feature revised front and rear bumpers, new headlight internals and tail-lamp graphics, and a refreshed interior...


2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing and specs: New engines, new models
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class pricing and specs: New engines, new models

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class has received some minor updates for the new year, bringing an updated engine line-up and the availability of a new equipment package. Headlining the changes are the introduction of the new C220d and C300 models, which replace the previous C200d and C250 respectively...


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


2013 Mercedes-Benz C-Class recalled for steering fix
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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...


Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear
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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear

Mercedes-Benz will recall around 1 million vehicles across various model lines, after numerous reports of engine fires as a result of a faulty fuse. According to a report published by industry journal Automotive News, parent company Daimler announced the recall after 51 fires were reported - the majority being in the USA...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'outsells' Camry
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class 'outsells' Camry

In what could be seen as a sign of things to come, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class was the nation’s top-selling mid-sized vehicle in January. The German luxury car — many of which are actually made in South Africa — outsold the locally made fleet-favourite, Toyota’s Camry, 651 units to 580. The Camry’s 580 figure compares to 4850 in December...


2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet review
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2017 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet review

While the C-Class Cabriolet is by no means a hard-charging sportscar, the C200 and C300 variants offer attractive topless cruising with an affordable price tag.


Mercedes-AMG C43 sales won't cannibalise other models
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Mercedes-AMG C43 sales won't cannibalise other models

Mercedes-Benz's local arm is adamant the new AMG C43 won't cannibalise the sales of other Mercedes-Benz variants, not least of all the AMG C63 flagship. "We think the AMG C43 is for buyers who want something that looks a bit special but not the performance or expense of an AMG C63," said Jerry Stamoulis, Manager for Public Relations and Product Communications...