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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class review

The all-new third-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class has lost some of the previous gen's frumpiness and gained tech, refinement and plushness.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class revealed, here mid-2019
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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class revealed, here mid-2019

The new-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been revealed at the 2018 Paris motor show, headlined by sharper looks, more space, and the company's latest in infotainment and driver-assistance technologies. Scheduled to hit European showrooms next February (and Australia in mid-2019), the new B-Class gets a sleeker and sportier look than its predecessor, while also sporting a luggage area holding between 455 and 705 litres with the second row upright, depending on configuration...


Mercedes-Benz Australia's sales dip linked to consumer confidence
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Mercedes-Benz Australia's sales dip linked to consumer confidence

Mercedes-Benz Australia’s CEO, Horst von Sanden, says he’s not particularly concerned about dipping luxury car sales this year, though he admits consumer and business confidence is “not great”. Sales of the company’s passenger cars and SUV models are down 7.5 per cent this year, contrasting against six consecutive years of solid - often double digit - growth...


2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class confirmed for Paris
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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class confirmed for Paris

Mercedes-Benz has announced three new models will make their public debut at the Paris motor show next month – the recently-revealed AMG A35 and GLE, along with the all-new B-Class. It's the first time the marque has officially confirmed the latter's reveal, with the new model claimed to put "the emphasis on the sports part of Sports Tourer"...


Mercedes-Benz recalls several models for faulty airbags
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Mercedes-Benz recalls several models for faulty airbags

Mercedes-Benz Australia has issued a recall for numerous model lines over concerns the airbags could release metal parts in the event of deployment – though the company says it's unrelated to the ongoing Takata recall campaign. The marque reports 78 units across the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLA, GLC and AMG GT ranges could be affected by the issue, which could see the airbag gas generator housing eject metal parts if the inflator is deployed...


2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied with less camouflage
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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied with less camouflage

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been spied undergoing testing in Germany ahead of an expected debut either later this year or early in 2019. While this prototype looks like it's been painted white, it's actually a silver car with a white body wrap applied to it. From certain angles it's clear that the company has also stuffed in some plastic cladding to hide final design flourishes on the bonnet, shoulder line, and front wheel arches...


2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied
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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been spied in Germany this week, wearing a thinner disguise for a closer look at the new MPV's proportions. Finer design details are obviously concealed by the swirly wrap, but we can see that the shape of the B-Class will be an evolution of the current model, while the key design cues will draw upon the new A-Class – with which it is closely related...


Mercedes-Benz confirms new 7-seat compact model
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Mercedes-Benz confirms new 7-seat compact model

The Mercedes-Benz A-Class family – which includes the B-Class, CLA and GLA lines – will get a three-row option very soon, a company official has confirmed. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, Mercedes-Benz's global sales boss, Britta Seeger, hinted a seven-seat model is in the works for markets like China, though it's unclear what form it will take...


Mercedes-Benz GLB spied
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Mercedes-Benz GLB spied

The upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLB has been spied during cold-weather testing, giving us a closer look at its production light signature. Unlike the hatchback-style GLA, the GLB will take on a more practical, boxy shape that's reminiscent of the old GLK – the predecessor to the GLC. The new crossover is believed to be underpinned by the same platform as the new A-Class family...


Mercedes-Benz recalls A, B, C, E, GLA and GLC
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Mercedes-Benz recalls A, B, C, E, GLA and GLC

Mercedes-Benz has recalled almost 22,000 cars across the A-Class, B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLA and GLC model lines, over concerns the driver airbag could inflate without warning. According to the company, electrostatic discharge could trigger the airbag if the steering column isn't sufficiently, or if the column switch module isn't grounded...


2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied
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2019 Mercedes-Benz B-Class spied

The next-generation Mercedes-Benz B-Class has been spotted during cold weather testing in northern Europe. As with the first two generations of the B-Class, the new model shares its underlying front-wheel drive platform with the A-Class, but with improved passenger comfort and load-lugging ability thanks to a taller roof line...


2015-17 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA recalled for fire risk
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2015-17 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class, CLA recalled for fire risk

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for its A-Class, B-Class and CLA model lines sold between 2015 and 2017 over concerns a faulty starter could pose a fire risk. The German marque says affected vehicles could be fitted with a starter that may become blocked "due to prior damage", which may cause it to become electrically overloaded if multiple and/or extended start attempts are made...


2012-13 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for brake fix
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2012-13 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for brake fix

Mercedes-Benz has issued a recall for approximately 4000 examples of its A-Class and B-Class vehicles built between February 2012 and June 2013 over concerns the brake booster could fail. According to the German marque, the connection on the brake booster vacuum hose could break, resulting in a lack of power assistance to the braking system...


Mercedes-Benz chief confirms brand won't build new small cars with Infiniti
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Mercedes-Benz chief confirms brand won't build new small cars with Infiniti

Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the alliance it has with Renault-Nissan to produce a range of models is strong, but company chief Dr Dieter Zetsche confirmed there are joint projects that may be dropped if they don’t make sense – including a second-generation range of small cars...


Mercedes-AMG to add new models to its small car range
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Mercedes-AMG to add new models to its small car range

Mercedes-AMG is set to expand its small car product offering in line with a new expanded portfolio put forward by the brand over the coming years in line with a couple of new small models from the main brand. At the 2017 Detroit motor show, Mercedes-Benz chief Dr Dieter Zetsche said the company will expand its small car range from five models to eight by 2018...


Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for fuse box fault: airbags may not deploy correctly
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Mercedes-Benz A-Class, B-Class recalled for fuse box fault: airbags may not deploy correctly

Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced a small-volume recall on its small A-Class and B-Class hatches over concerns that the airbags may not deploy correctly in a collision. The fault centres on the interior fuse box, where Mercedes-Benz believes that fuses inside may become loose over time...


Mercedes-Benz moots up to eight next-generation compact models
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Mercedes-Benz moots up to eight next-generation compact models

Mercedes-Benz has made a quantum shift over the past four years by rolling out five compact cars based on the same ‘MFA’ architecture — but the company says there's scope for even more iterations next time around...


Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Hummer recalls announced
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Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Hummer recalls announced

A trio of carmakers have issued recalls in Australia over the past week, including Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and, by way of GM Holden, the retired Hummer brand. For Mercedes-Benz, nearly 1800 examples of its A-Class and B-Class hatches sold between September 2012 and June 30 2013 may be affected...


2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Review : B200
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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class Review : B200

Six months ago the Mercedes-Benz B-Class had the premium MPV segment all to itself, as it had done for most of the past decade. Fast-forward to today, however, and the multi-purpose vehicle is now sharing the niche segment with the polarising 2 Series Active Tourer from traditional rival BMW and the cheaper C4 Picasso from plucky French hopeful Citroen...


2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class pricing and specifications
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2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class pricing and specifications

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz B-Class has arrived in Australia with fresh styling, an expanded equipment list, and standard all-wheel drive for the flagship B250 variant. Prices of the Mercedes-Benz B-Class have increased between $500 and $3800 across the range, which now starts at $41,400 in B180 specification, though Mercedes-Benz public relations senior manager David McCarthy says the addition of new features to each variant means overall value is up by $800 to $2500 depending on the variant...