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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Off-road a key focus for new SUV

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Off-road a key focus for new SUV

Mercedes-Benz is placing a lot of emphasis on its new GLE SUV, with a renewed focus on off-road ability – even creating a 'jumping' function to help owners stuck in sand...

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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Third row to cater for 1.8m adults
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2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE: Third row to cater for 1.8m adults

With the all-new Mercedes-Benz GLE making its public debut at the Paris motor show, the German marque was keen to show off the new SUV's increased storage capacity and third row. Speaking with media, Mercedes-Benz vice president of compact cars and SUVs, Wolf-Dieter Kurz confirmed that the third row will be big enough to seat an adult that measures in at 1...


Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV due within the next year
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Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV due within the next year

Mercedes-Benz used the 2018 Paris motor show to take the debut its all-new GLE, also confirming that a plug-in hybrid  version is less than a year away. Speaking with media at the Paris motor show, Mercedes-Benz vice president of compact cars and SUVs, Wolf-Dieter Kurz confirmed that a PHEV is in the works...


Mercedes-AMG: Hybrid technology being pushed hard for new models
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Mercedes-AMG: Hybrid technology being pushed hard for new models

Electrification is inevitable and, while it's a big departure from traditional performance vehicles, the head of AMG is excited for the future of electrification. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2018 Paris motor show, Tobias Moers, the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG said that he's also working hard to bring that future nearer...


Mercedes-AMG brand won't be diluted with new models: AMG boss
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Mercedes-AMG brand won't be diluted with new models: AMG boss

Despite an onslaught of new models and lower entry prices, Mercedes-AMG says there's no chance of its brand becoming diluted. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2018 Paris motor show, Tobias Moers, the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG is convinced more AMG models can't be a bad thing. "The A35 family is not diluting the brand...


2019 Mercedes-AMG One will be easy to drive: Moers
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2019 Mercedes-AMG One will be easy to drive: Moers

The Mercedes-AMG Project One, now called the Mercedes-AMG One, is set to hit Australian shores some time in late 2019. And, despite using a Formula One-derived engine, the brand claims it's going to be easy to drive. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2018 Paris motor show, Tobias Moers, the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG said that the One will be supremely quick, but won't require a race driver to take advantage of its performance...


2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 a near match for current A45 performance
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A35 a near match for current A45 performance

While the Mercedes-AMG A35 had its public debut at the 2018 Paris motor show, it's the upcoming 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 that has tails wagging. Speaking with CarAdvice at the Paris motor show, Tobias Moers, the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG said that it will be more powerful than ever with an all-new engine...


2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 to come with drift mode, more than 300kW
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2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 to come with drift mode, more than 300kW

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG A45 is set to shake up the hot hatch segment with the AMG boss today confirming that it will pick up a drift mode. Speaking with CarAdvice at the 2018 Paris motor show, Tobias Moers, the chairman of the management board of Mercedes-AMG confirmed what we were all wanting to hear, plus some extra detail about the gearbox in its new hot hatch...


Without BMW there would be no Supra - Toyota
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Without BMW there would be no Supra - Toyota

Despite carrying serious brand cachet, the new BMW Z4 and Toyota Supra wouldn't exist if the brands didn't collaborate on development of their respective models. Speaking to media at the first drive of the 2019 Toyota Supra, assistant chief engineer Masayuki Kai told journalists that it's a sad reality that in today's day and age, sports cars need co-development to make business sense...


Toyota Supra could become a convertible
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Toyota Supra could become a convertible

Despite sharing a platform with the all-new BMW Z4 convertible, Toyota made no mention of a drop-top Supra, but that could all change with future model updates. Speaking to media at the global drive of the all-new 2019 Toyota Supra, assistant chief engineer, Masayuki Kai, told media that they haven't ruled out introducing a convertible version of the Supra down the line...


2019 Toyota Supra 'won't be cheap, but will be affordable'
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2019 Toyota Supra 'won't be cheap, but will be affordable'

The global launch won't happen until early 2019, and an Australian debut won't occur until the second half of 2019, but Toyota has confirmed the Supra won't be a bargain like the 86, but should still be affordable. Speaking with media at the global first drive of the all-new Toyota Supra, Vincent Dewaersegger, senior manager of product communication at Toyota Europe, was confident pricing will be appealing...


Toyota Supra: More power and more engines on the cards
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Toyota Supra: More power and more engines on the cards

The all-new Toyota Supra will be globally unveiled in early 2019, launching initially with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine, but the brand has confirmed there could be more on the cards. Speaking to media at the media drive of the all-new Toyota Supra, assistant chief engineer, Masayuki Kai, told us that they're currently investigating the future of Supra's powertrain offerings...


2019 Toyota Supra to offer 'drift mode'
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2019 Toyota Supra to offer 'drift mode'

As part of the 2019 Supra's development, Toyota wanted to ensure it could meet the demands of its users. Those demands include powerslides and donuts... Speaking to journalists at the global first drive of the all-new Toyota Supra, Supra 'master driver' (and person with cool job title), Herwig Daenens, told media the car's stability control would make it easy to do the aforementioned powerslides and donuts...


Toyota Supra: Manual transmission on the cards for right-hand drive markets
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Toyota Supra: Manual transmission on the cards for right-hand drive markets

Despite most manufacturers moving away from manual sports cars, Toyota is likely to launch a three-pedal version of the Supra to satisfy purists. Speaking to journalists at the global first drive of the 2019 Toyota Supra, assistant chief engineer, Masayuki Kai, told media a manual transmission has been developed – and it's being prepared right-hand drive markets...


2019 Toyota Supra review: Prototype drive

2019 Toyota Supra review: Prototype drive

It's one of the most hyped sports cars and it carries a name that demands respect. But, can the all-new Supra live up to its name? Paul Maric finds out.