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NSW State Emergency Service launches fleet renewal program in the lead-up to national volunteer week

The NSW State Emergency Service (SES) has launched the latest round of its multimillion-dollar fleet renewal program to better prepare rescue volunteers for floods, fires and other disasters. The first of seven “heavy rescue” trucks – worth approximately $500,000 once it has been kitted out – was delivered to an SES unit in the NSW Southern Highlands today...

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled with potential welding fault

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled five examples of its 2020 Sprinter van, citing a potential fault with B-pillar welding joints. The affected vehicles were sold between 13 October 2020 and 30 November 2020 (Model Year 2020). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “As part of the production process, the B-pillar that joins the floor panel structure may not be welded correctly...

2019-2021 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled with transmission software bug

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 11 examples of its Sprinter van, citing a potential fault with the reversing lights. The affected vehicles were sold between 21 September 2018 and 4 January 2021 (Model Years 2019-2021). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says: “The gear recognition function in the transmission may not function as intended in some vehicles...

Mercedes-Benz raises prices for the third time in 13 months

Mercedes-Benz has increased prices across the board, with buyers now having to pay an average of $2341 more than at the start of 2021. The price changes stretched to both Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and Mercedes-AMG performance models this month, while many Mercedes-Benz vans had price increases applied in February – marking the third time the German car company has upped prices in 13 months...

2018-19 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled for incorrect details in owner's manual

Mercedes-Benz Australia has recalled 4176 examples of the 2018-19 Sprinter van. According to the recall notice lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), "the operator's manual misrepresents some of the situations that lead to automatic engagement of the park position "P" (Auto-P function)...

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled with potential brake hose fault

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall on 127 examples of its Sprinter van, citing a potential fault with the brake hose. The affected vans were sold between the 6 April 2020 and 30 October 2020 (Model Year 2020). The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says “the outer layer of the brake hoses at the front and rear axles may have been damaged during the production process”...

MY2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with rotating seats recalled

Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has issued a recall of 490 examples of the Sprinter vans fitted with rotating seats with Model Years from 2019 to 2020 (MY19-MY20) due to the potential for side airbags to deploy. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the rotating seats can damage wiring connected to the side airbags...

2018-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled for brake fix

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall for 5279 examples of its VS30 Sprinter van with model years from 2018 to 2020 (MY18-MY20) due to faulty brakes. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the brake hoses may contact the rear part of the fender liner of the front axle while driving the vehicle, causing anything from chafe marks to worn-out brake hoses, resulting in leaking brake fluid...

Trakka releases Jabiru J2M off-road motorhome

Australian off-road camping specialist Trakka has released a shorter variant of its Jabiru motorhome called the J2M and based on the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van. The Trakka Jabiru range already comes in a variety of wheelbases, layouts, and the choice of either two or four-wheel drive. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van – on which the Trakka Jabiru J2M is based – has a 3...

2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Transfer Minibus price and specs

Mercedes-Benz Australia has released pricing and specs of its updated 12-seater Sprinter Transfer Minibus. Pricing begins from $72,479 before on-road costs for the 414CDI, and $87,926 before on-road costs for the more powerful 416CDI. Both trims make use of a 2.1-litre twin-turbocharged four-cylinder diesel...

2018-2020 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter recalled over suspension danger

A number of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vehicles have been recalled to address the risk that drivers of the big commercial vehicle could suffer diminished control while driving. Affecting 127 vehicles from the 2018 to 2020 model years, the Sprinter recall centres on the rear axle steel leaf springs, which Mercedes-Benz Vans says could fall short of the required level of strength...