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Vision Mercedes Simplex concept revealed

Mercedes-Benz has opened a new design centre in Nice, along the luxury-filled southern coast of France. It is situated in the middle of the Sophia Antipolis Science and Technology Park, dubbed France's ‘Silicon Valley’...

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2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e PHEV quick drive
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e PHEV quick drive

Mercedes-Benz is preparing to launch a plug-in hybrid version of the A-Class, with about 70km of electric range.


Mercedes-AMG PHEVs are coming, and coming very soon
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Mercedes-AMG PHEVs are coming, and coming very soon

Mercedes-AMG will launch an EQ-branded battery-electric GT 4-Door by the end of 2020 with supercar performance, delivering on the promise implied by the concept version in March 2017. If you recall, the Mercedes-AMG GT concept that previewed the current six- and eight-cylinder production 4-Door models paired the familiar 4...


Driverless cars? Years away, says Mercedes
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Driverless cars? Years away, says Mercedes

Auto and tech companies which made bold assertions driverless cars are right around the corner underestimated the difficulties in producing them, and the industry should now be understanding how complex and remarkable human brains really are behind the wheel...


Mercedes-Benz to offer two flagship limousines
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Mercedes-Benz to offer two flagship limousines

We weren’t quite clear on whether the slinky Mercedes-Benz EQS electric limo concept revealed in Frankfurt this week both previewed the 2021 S-Class as well as a standalone EV flagship model, or merely the latter...


Mercedes-Benz Australia preparing to sell cars online
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Mercedes-Benz Australia preparing to sell cars online

Global head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Ola Källenius, this week reaffirmed the company’s projection that up to one-in-four of its sales by 2025 could be completed to some degree online, outside the conventional dealer model, and potentially with lucrative fixed haggle-free pricing...


Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept revealed
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Mercedes-Benz Vision EQS concept revealed

Mercedes-Benz has used the biennial Frankfurt motor show to premiere the electrified Vision EQS concept car, an obvious riposte to the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S. The company says this highly symbolic concept not only previews some of the design, drivetrain and manufacturing decisions that shape its next generation of products, but at a philosophical level offers “an outlook on future large electric luxury saloons by the brand”...


VFACTS: Four interesting stats from 2019
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VFACTS: Four interesting stats from 2019

The Australian new vehicle market has seen better days. Sales this year are down 8.0 per cent, and we've seen 17 successive months of decline relative to the corresponding month in the preceding year. You can catch up on our August-specific market report here, and catch up previous months in our database here...


FCAI wants rego bans expanded to cars with 'Beta' Takata airbags
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FCAI wants rego bans expanded to cars with 'Beta' Takata airbags

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) is publicly lobbying state and territory governments to ban the registration of all vehicles fitted with less dangerous but far more widespread ‘Beta’ Takata airbags from 2020...


VFACTS: August 2019 new car sales detailed
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VFACTS: August 2019 new car sales detailed

Australians purchased on average 358 fewer new cars every selling day throughout the August just gone, compared to the same month in 2018. VFACTS data compiled by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) and released today showed August 2019 was the 17th successive month where sales fell relative to the corresponding month in the previous year...


2020 Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 Fastback N comparison
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2020 Honda Civic Type R v Hyundai i30 Fastback N comparison

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is a striking proposition. While the hatch lines up squarely against a raft of familiar hot hatch luminaries such as the Golf GTI and Megane RS, its longer and slinkier sibling is harder to pigeonhole. We’ve already pitched it against a fellow outsider in the form of Skoda’s criminally under-appreciated Octavia RS...


2020 Hyundai Venue pricing and specs
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2020 Hyundai Venue pricing and specs

Hyundai’s new self-proclaimed entry model, the pint-sized Venue SUV, arrives this month at a starting price of $19,990 before on-road costs. The boxy little high-rider effectively replaces the top-selling Accent as Hyundai’s starter car, though its starting price is a substantial $4500 greater. Its $19,990 cost is identical to the larger (but duller) i30 Go...


Infiniti to exit Australia
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Infiniti to exit Australia

Nissan's premium brand Infiniti will stop selling cars in Australia in late 2020, after almost a decade of spinning its wheels against luxury competitors. The company will keep selling and servicing cars through its five dealers (two in each of Sydney and Melbourne and one in Perth) until this time, or until existing stock is exhausted...


2019 Mazda 3 G20 Evolve hatch review
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2019 Mazda 3 G20 Evolve hatch review

The Mazda 3 G20 Evolve hatch is expected to be the most popular grade out of the six versions offered, and in most ways its newness translates to excellence.

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2020 Hyundai Kona gets safety updates
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2020 Hyundai Kona gets safety updates

Hyundai has given its hot-selling Kona crossover some welcome safety upgrades, making most features from the old $1500 SmartSense options pack on base Go and Active grades standard, in exchange for either a $500 price bump or an infotainment downgrade. Thus, every MY20 model gets a form of autonomous emergency braking...