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2020 Mercedes-Benz C-Class, GLC and EQC recalled with steering system fault

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 719 examples of its C-Class, GLC, and EQC model variants, citing a fault with the steering control unit. The affected vehicles were sold between 3 February 2020 and 31 July 2021 (model year 2020). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “Due to a manufacturing defect, the wiring harness of the steering control unit may be damaged...

Electric vehicle sales have doubled so far this year

Official new car sales data released today shows 558 electric vehicles were reported as sold during January and February of 2021, an increase of 105.1 per cent over the same months last year. The increase could be higher if Tesla sales were included in official data. Although Tesla has been selling cars in Australia since 2014, it does not provide monthly sales updates...

Lewis Hamilton no longer driving exotic collection, cites environmental concern

Lewis Hamilton owns some of the world's fastest production cars, however he claims he no longer drives them for environmental reasons. The six-time Formula One world champion, who sold his private jet and became a vegan last year, told reporters on Thursday that he was doing his best to reduce his personal carbon footprint: "I don’t drive any of the cars that I own any more...

Public electric car charging in Australia: Your questions, answered

We’ve covered our fair share of electric cars at CarAdvice and yet, even as seasoned professionals, we still get tripped up by the complicated terminology and technology behind them. With different providers, plug types, manufacturers and standards in use, the language around electric car charging can often feel complicated and exclusionary for the average consumer...

Multiple Mercedes-Benz models recalled due to seat latch, air-conditioning faults

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued two recalls, with the first relating to 4227 examples of the A-Class with Model Years from 2018 to 2019 (MY18-MY19) due to an issue with the air conditioning drain tube. Water condensation from the air conditioning unit could leak onto electrical components, potentially causing malfunctions relating to the airbag control unit, engine starting, fuel pump, and emergency call system...

More Australian buyers keen on electric cars, but doubts remain - survey

More Australian buyers than ever before would consider an electric vehicle as their next car purchase, according to a new survey from the nation's peak electric vehicle body. As part of its annual State of Electric Vehicles report, the Electric Vehicle Council (EVC) worked with insurers NRMA, RACV and RAA to survey 2902 Australian consumers and found 56 per cent would consider an electric car as their next vehicle, up on 53 per cent in 2019...

Electric cars in Australia: Every model available (and some nearly here)

As Australian sales of electric cars continue to rise and industry bodies urge the Federal Government to make charging infrastructure a national priority, it appears EVs (electric vehicles) have progressed beyond buzzword status to present-day reality...

Automotive Industry Insights: Audi boss of pre-development automated driving

Mandy Turner and Mike Costello record the podcast inside a white 2020 Lexus RX350 F Sport. Mike covers November's new car sales figures, which saw the Mazda 3 and Ford Mustang perform poorly, and the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger 4x4 battle for top spot. We speak to Dr. Miklos Kiss, head of pre-development for automated driving at Audi AG, and Curt Dupriez compares the 2020 Kia Seltos GT-Line and Nissan Qashqai Ti...

Mercedes’ bold plan to sidestep price negotiation on new cars 

Luxury car maker Mercedes-Benz is trying to end haggling by fixing the price of certain models in an attempt to stop “rip offs” and buyer remorse – but industry insiders say customers could end up paying more. In an attempt to stop price gouging – and massive discounts – Mercedes will sell its new EQC electric car direct to customers via an online ordering system, then appoint a dealer to do the handover...

Car News Daily podcast: Your daily download

Plenty has happened in the world of car news over the last 24 hours. If you haven't had time to read all the news on CarAdvice.com, catch up on your way home with Car News Daily, as Mandy Turner reads each news story word-for-word...

2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC priced at $137,900

Mercedes-Benz’s first battery-electric vehicle (BEV) in Australia, the EQC 400, will hit showrooms on December 9, ahead of deliveries to those who’ve made deposits from early 2020. The company today announced a price of $137,900 before on-road costs for the single specification offering, placing it in line with the mid-range Jaguar I-Pace SE ($135,400), and between the Tesla Model X Long Range ($131,900) and Performance ($141,100)...