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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter review: Quick drive

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has long been one of the go-to large vans in markets all over the globe. This new one sets benchmarks in a number of areas including cabin tech, while sticking with the familiar in others...

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Mercedes-Benz Vans wins back Australia Post contract
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Mercedes-Benz Vans wins back Australia Post contract

Mercedes-Benz Vans fleet department has been delivered a major win, with Australia Post giving it back the lucrative commercial vehicle contract currently held by Renault. The postal service will add 1300 Mercedes Vito and Sprinter vans to its fleet over what is understood to be a three-year agreement...


Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'
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Ford and Volkswagen exploring 'strategic alliance'

Volkswagen AG and Ford Motor Company have signed a memorandum of understanding ahead of a possible 'strategic alliance', which could see the two automotive giants team up to develop commercial vehicles. The pairing wouldn't involve any equity sharing or "cross-ownership stakes", ruling out the possibility of a massive automotive alliance in a similar vein to Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi or Peugeot Citroen (PSA)...


Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami
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Ford testing 'autonomous' food delivery in Miami

Ford has teamed up with Postmates to test a self-driving food truck in Miami, in an attempt to better understand how people interact with unmanned delivery vehicles. When we say unmanned, we mean vehicles that appear unmanned. Ford is already running a number of trials with autonomous cars, but this is aimed at better understanding how people actually deal with the car once it's arrived with their food...


Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz has been forced to recall around 774,000 vehicles across its C-Class, GLC and Vito model lines in Europe, after being accused by German authorities of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models...


Nissan NV300, e-NV200 campers unveiled for Spain
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Nissan NV300, e-NV200 campers unveiled for Spain

Nissan has unveiled a pair of self-contained campers at the Madrid motor show, packing two-tone paint jobs and pop-tops in a (suspiciously) similar vein to the Volkswagen California camper. The smaller of the two vans, the e-NV200, is designed to comfortably sleep four people on a weekend away...


2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs
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2018.5 Ford Transit Custom pricing and specs

Local pricing and specifications for the 2018.5 Ford Transit Custom range have been revealed this week, with the updated van available now from $40,990 before on-road costs. Key visual changes include a refreshed exterior with new bonnet, headlights, daytime-running lights, grille and front bumper, along with the redesigned cabin...


Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE
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Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE

UPDATE: Daimler's statement in response to the recall order affecting 1.6-litre diesel variants of the Vito van, has been added to this article. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could be facing an investigation from German authorities due to suspected use of emissions-cheating software in its diesel engines...


Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report
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Apple, Volkswagen collaborating on autonomous Transporter - report

Apple is reportedly working with Volkswagen to design and build a self-driving electric van to transport its employees between its Silicon Valley campuses. According to The New York Times, the self-driving car will be based on the chassis of the Volkswagen Transporter. Apple is working with Italdesign, a Volkswagen subsidiary, to design the vehicle...


2018 Renault Trafic Formula Edition returns from $41,990
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2018 Renault Trafic Formula Edition returns from $41,990

Renault is no stranger to Formula 1-themed special editions, but the motorsport magic is usually sprinkled over hot hatches. This time, the company has applied it to the Trafic van, creating the limited-edition Trafic Formula Edition. Just 125 examples will be offered, priced from $41,990 before on-road costs in short-wheelbase guise, or $43,490 before on-roads as a long-wheelbase van...


2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed
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2018 Ford Fiesta Van revealed

As we learned last week, the Ford Fiesta is coming to Australia – but the version you see here definitely won't make the trip. Where we're only getting the hottest ST, the European market will be getting the core range along with this – the Fiesta Van. From the outside, the Fiesta Van looks like a regular two-door model with some body-coloured paint over the rear windows...


Nissan e-NV200: Bigger battery debuts, not for Australia
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Nissan e-NV200: Bigger battery debuts, not for Australia

Nissan has unveiled an updated e-NV200 van, complete with a bigger battery and faster charging, but it's still not on the cards for Australia. Although it's very similar to the existing car on the outside, the e-NV200 update is packing a 40kWh battery in place of the 24kWh unit currently offered, making for a zero-emissions range of 300km per charge...


Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: More details revealed
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Mercedes-Benz eSprinter: More details revealed

Mercedes-Benz has elaborated on specifications about its upcoming eSprinter van, after initially unveiling the car early in February. Measuring up at 5932mm long on a 3924mm wheelbase, the electric van will be available with a 55kWh or 41kWh battery pack. The former claims a 150km range – Mercedes says it's a reliable figure in unfavourable conditions – and offers a 900kg payload...


Renault Master III recalled for steering fix
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Renault Master III recalled for steering fix

Renault Australia has recalled the Master III over concerns a nut on the steering rack isn't correctly attached. According to the company, an incorrectly tightened clevis nut on the steering column could lead to a loss of steering, increasing the risk of an accident. Just 28 vehicles are included in the recall, with affected VIN numbers listed here...


Peugeot Rifter 4x4 concept revealed
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Peugeot Rifter 4x4 concept revealed

The Peugeot Rifter 4x4 concept has been revealed this week, ahead of a Geneva motor show debut. Based on the Rifter people-mover – which itself is Peugeot's version of the Citroen Berlingo – the 4x4 concept is an all-in-one off-road and camping companion, finished in an eye-catching matte-black/yellow satin paint scheme...


Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix
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Fiat Ducato recalled for intercooler fix

Fiat has recalled the 2.3-litre diesel Ducato van over concerns the intercooler sleeve could come loose from the throttle body. The manufacturer says if the condition occurs, the engine warning light will illuminate and drivers will experience a loss of power. Should the vehicle unexpectedly lose power when in use, it could increase the risk of an accident...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed, here in Q4 - UPDATE
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter revealed, here in Q4 - UPDATE

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been revealed overnight in Duisburg, Germany, bringing a comprehensive technology update, the latest active safety systems, and a new front-wheel drive variant...


Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 pricing and specs
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Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 pricing and specs

The special-edition Volkswagen Multivan Kombi 70 has been detailed ahead of its March launch, priced from $64,990 drive-away. Limited to 120 units, the Kombi 70 is based on the Multivan TDI340 Comfortline, and comes exclusively with a DSG transmission. The special model celebrates 70 years "since the conception" of the original Kombi van, adding a range of retro-styled equipment to celebrate the milestone...


2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter teased again
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2018 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter teased again

Mercedes-Benz is gearing up to release the redesigned Sprinter van, hot on the heels of its new A-Class hatchback. Set to be unveiled tomorrow, the van has been teased (again) on Mercedes-Benz social media channels, giving the world a fleeting glimpse at its evolutionary exterior design. The video gives us a look at two body styles: a conventional van, and a cargo-body with a separated load area...


Renault Master III recalled for fuel filter strap fix
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Renault Master III recalled for fuel filter strap fix

Renault Australia has recalled the Master III van over concerns about the fuel filter strap. According to the company, the strap could break and cause a noise in the engine bay. The fault could lead to fuel leakage in some 'extreme' cases, increasing the risk of fire. A total of 20 units is affected by the recall – a VIN list is attached here...