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Every car leaving the Australian market in 2020

It's been a big year for automotive in 2020, with the exit of Holden, the cancellation of international motor shows and the Australian Grand Prix due to coronavirus, and the steady decline of new car sales. In a challenging climate, it's perhaps unsurprising that carmakers are reducing their ranges, discontinuing under-performers and replacing older models with hybrids, electric cars or new creations altogether...

Mercedes-Benz issues recall for X-Class utes due to steering issue

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall of 6116 examples of its X-Class ute, with Model Years from 2018 to 2019 (MY18-MY19), due to a possible hydraulic fluid leak from the steering system. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says a connection on the hydraulic line could leak, which may result in a failure of the power steering system...

2018-2020 Mercedes-Benz X-Class recalled for misleading roof loading advice

Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia has issued a recall of 6117 examples of its X-Class ute with Model Years from 2018 to 2020 (MY18-MY20) due to potentially misleading roof loading advice printed in the owner's manual...

Mercedes-Benz recall 5826 X-Class utes for autonomous braking fault

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall on a total of 5826 X-Class dual-cab utes (MY2018 and MY2019), citing an issue with the active braking assistance feature. The recall notice, lodged with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), says the dual-cab ute's brake assist system may “mistakenly detect an obstacle and brake suddenly or unexpectedly...

Goodbye Mercedes-Benz X-Class, we hardly knew you...

Sometimes the best-laid plans go awry, and I’d never want to discourage a car manufacturer from rolling the dice and having a crack. But when it comes to automotive miscalculations, the short life of Mercedes-Benz Vans’ X-Class pickup has to rate pretty highly on the list, and serve as a lesson to others...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class to be axed in May

The dual-cab Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute will be axed globally in May, less than three years after its global reveal and barely two years after its introduction to the Australian market. "It has been decided that from the end of May 2020, we will no longer produce this relatively young model," Mercedes-Benz said in a statement...

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Mercedes-Benz dismisses X-Class ute as “niche” model, confirms it is under “review”

Mercedes-Benz has dismissed the X-Class as a “niche product” globally – despite the importance of the ute market in countries such as Australia – and confirmed in a statement to CarAdvice the future of the vehicle is under “review”. The comments come less than 24 hours after the global head of Nissan pick-up programs refused to say whether or not the partnership with Mercedes-Benz would continue...

Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute future remains in doubt, Nissan won't say what comes next

The future of the Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute has been placed in doubt for the third time this year, with joint venture partner Nissan telling international media at the Tokyo motor show: “We are doing our best to help them and that’s about it”. Nissan builds the Mercedes-Benz X-Class in its Navara factory in Spain and the project was designed to cut production costs for both brands...

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Future of Mercedes X-Class ute in doubt - report

The Mercedes-Benz X-Class ute looks set to be phased out prematurely due to slow sales that have made the vehicle unprofitable even at its comparatively high price. A report out of Europe, published overnight by respected industry journal Automotive News, cited unnamed but well-informed sources claiming the Mercedes X-Class ute “is to be dropped” as the company “seeks to reduce costs amid profit warnings”...