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Mercedes-Benz preparing to axe 10,000 jobs

Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, has confirmed it will cut at least 10,000 jobs between now and the end of 2022. The jobs cuts will be achieved via voluntary severance packages, an expended part-time retirement program, and 'very restrictively' extended temporary workers' contracts. It will also offer shorter working weeks in order to rein in employment costs...

High-powered Mercedes-Benz joins Victoria Police highway patrol fleet

Victoria is about to roll out high-powered, police-only Mercedes-Benz wagons to replace highway patrol Holden Commodore V8s, as most states get close to retiring their remaining fleets of Australian-made pursuit cars. It might look like an ordinary Mercedes-Benz wagon but this model is not available to the general public and has almost twice as much power as the showroom version...

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...

Next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class to retain V12 option - report

The mighty V12 will survive another day. Or, more accurately, for another generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Daimler CEO Ola Källenius told GTSpirit the redesigned 2021 S-Class will retain its range-topping V12 engine. In Australia, Mercedes-Benz only offers its M279 twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 in the Mercedes-Maybach S650...

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 GLA interior teased

The interior of the second-generation Mercedes-Benz GLA has been teased ahead of its launch on December 11, European time. Overnight Mercedes-Benz released a partial shot of the new crossover's interior, touting the availability of an exit warning system, which can warn passengers of an approaching car, bike or pedestrian when they're attempting to alight...

Mercedes-Benz launches direct-to-buyer EQC sales model

Mercedes-Benz is going to sell the EQC electric car in Australia in a new way — one that reduces the role of conventional dealerships but claims to address buyer concerns. It's also the latest brand to offer online sales for specialist models, something the likes of Toyota, Subaru and Genesis have previously tried, and in some cases continue to offer...

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...

Mercedes-Benz V-Class to get MBUX, here in June

Mercedes-Benz promised it would roll out the MBUX multimedia system across its range and that included members of the Mercedes-Benz Vans range. Before year’s end, the Mercedes-Benz V-Class will be available to order with the MBUX multimedia system in Europe – it'll be available in Australia from June 2020...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Mazda Australia boss, Vinesh Bhindi

This week on the podcast are Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Scott Collie. We catch up with Josh Dowling to discuss some of the biggest news of the week, including everything Tesla Cybertruck, and Mazda's planned guaranteed buyback deals. Also, in BMW news, the company is buying back Takata-affected cars, has a new waterproof key card, and its owners be getting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for free...