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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e PHEV review: Quick drive
  • Reasonable price premium; fast and frugal drivetrain; excellent comfort on air suspension; high-tech and pretty interior
  • Pretty modest EV range; reduced boot space over regular GLC; Merc's PHEV battery warranty shorter than EV one

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8 / 10

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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e PHEV review: Quick drive

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300e is an $80k plug-in hybrid that can do about 40km of pure-electric driving. If you're a city slicker after a luxury crossover it has merit, despite some trade-offs.

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Ford Australia funding driver training
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Ford Australia funding driver training

We talk at length about the importance of driver training to reduce the counterintuitively growing road toll — about reaching young drivers before bad habits become ingrained. Enter Ford Australia, which is expanding its five-year-old subsided driver-training program called Driving Skills for Life...


2019 Honda CR-V VTi-E7 review
Rating: 7.810 /10
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2019 Honda CR-V VTi-E7 review

Honda's entry-grade CR-V seven-seater is a modern and capable option for small families who occasionally need an extra row, yet don't relish the idea of housing something as large as a Kluger.

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$34,490

Mercedes-AMG boss talks electric vehicles
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Mercedes-AMG boss talks electric vehicles

Mercedes-AMG is known for its rumbling V8s, but like every brand it'll soon need to make at least some electric cars to meet emissions targets. CEO Tobias Moers is confident not only can the performance meet expectations, but so can the artificially created interior and exterior noise...


Vision Mercedes Simplex concept revealed
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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’. It’s not simply an excuse for German designers to get some sun, since the region is also a “cradle of the brand”...


2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e PHEV review: Quick drive
Rating: 8.110 /10
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2020 Mercedes-Benz A250e PHEV review: 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...