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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 28, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

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Mercedes-Benz SLC won't be replaced - report
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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
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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
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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...


Mercedes-AMG: No AWD C63 and Black Series unlikely, E43 no harm to brand image
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Mercedes-AMG: No AWD C63 and Black Series unlikely, E43 no harm to brand image

AMG chief Tobias Moers is never shy in offering an opinion, and his response was definitive when CarAdvice asked whether the proliferation of AMG product is diluting the heritage and premium image of the performance brand...


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...


Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?
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Could investing in a limited edition car be better than investing in property?

The 2017 HSV GTSR W1 marks the end of Australian manufacturing, along with the production of Australia's fastest and most powerful car ever built. It also represents one of the most expensive locally produced cars with an asking price of $169,990, before on-road costs. We've even heard of some buyers paying over $250,000 to secure their spot in the line...


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


2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan concept revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan concept revealed

We’ve already seen a preview of what to expect from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan thanks to the Aesthetics A sculpture revealed in January, and now we can show you exactly what the new A-Class sedan will look like. According to Mercedes-Benz, by unveiling the Concept A Sedan at the Shanghai motor show this week, it is ‘providing an outlook into the next generation of compact vehicles and a potential new body type’...


Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel
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Mercedes-AMG: Say goodbye to atmo engines, and you can forget about diesel

At this year's New York motor show, Australian media spent time with Tobias Moers, the head of Mercedes-AMG - and chief among the topics discussed was performance, specifically how best to achieve it. In recent times, petrol engines have become so efficient, so technologically adept and so clean-running, that there is hope we may one day return to the glory days of naturally-aspirated petrol engines, even if they do run an electric motor of some sort to help things along...


Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison
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Alfa Romeo Giulia QV v BMW M3 Competition v Mercedes-AMG C63 S comparison

For a nation renowned for its love of all things sport, it should come as no surprise this admiration and aspiration extends to what we drive. We are inside the top-10 world sales market list for Lamborghini, Porsche is seeing continuing sales growth and both Mercedes-AMG and BMW M Division speak highly of the Australian market, where we have the highest performance-version to regular-model ratio in the world...


Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz
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Electric vans will work in Australia, says Mercedes-Benz

Commercial vehicles will be a key to growing Australia’s sluggish electrified vehicle adoption rate, believes the local division of Mercedes-Benz Vans. Daimler will begin series production of EV vans from the end of 2018, with mid-sized Vito and larger Sprinter iterations to be available — first in Europe, but eventually elsewhere...


Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling
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Australia's luxury car market suddenly struggling

Australia’s luxury vehicle market is showing signs of slowing down in 2017 after a few years of disproportionate sales growth and increased market penetration. Key luxury brands such as Audi and BMW are both down by double digits this year — in an overall market down 2 per cent — after years of setting records, while growth for Mercedes-Benz has slowed to a comparative trickle...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 7, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for April 7, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


2017 Mercedes-AMG E63, E63 S pricing and specs
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2017 Mercedes-AMG E63, E63 S pricing and specs

The new-generation 2017 Mercedes-AMG E63 S will hit Australia in June, the company's local arm has reaffirmed, with the 'regular' E63 to follow in December. Revealed in October last year and driven by CarAdvice in November, the new E63 is the first of the new large premium Euro performance-car trio to debut, comfortably beating the new and as yet unseen BMW M5 and Audi RS6 models to market...


Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology
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Mercedes-Benz, Bosch to work together on self-driving technology

Mercedes-Benz and Bosch have announced they will work together on self-driving vehicle technology. The two German automotive firms will jointly develop the software and algorithmic systems required for SAE level four and level five autonomous vehicles, which can drive themselves in urban and extra-urban environments...


Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report
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Mercedes-Benz slowing down fuel-cell vehicle development - report

Mercedes-Benz is reportedly slowing down its development efforts with hydrogen fuel cell cars in favour of battery electric vehicles. According to Smart2Zero, Dieter Zetsche made these comments at an automotive conference in Stuttgart, Germany, towards the end of March...


2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain local pricing revealed ahead of June launch
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2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain local pricing revealed ahead of June launch

Australian pricing and initial details for the 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class All-Terrain have been announced this week, with the jacked-up wagon to kick off from $109,900 before on-road costs. The E220d All-Terrain will be the only wagon-bodied E-Class available locally, and will take on the likes of the $112,855 Audi A6 Allroad and $99,900 Volvo V90 Cross Country...


2017 Seoul motor show: On the ground in Korea
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2017 Seoul motor show: On the ground in Korea

Started in 1995 and run biennially since 2005, the Seoul motor show is one of Asia's biggest auto shows behind Tokyo, Shanghai, and China. And while it may be smaller than the major European and US shows, this year CarAdvice was invited along to check it out first hand...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for March 31, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...