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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class review

The updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class range arrives en masse in Australia during August. It's more than a nip/tuck, with most of the additions found under the skin. They keep this generation of Australia's favourite luxury car sharp, as it enters the second half of its model cycle...

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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices
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Mercedes-Benz recalls 774,000 European vehicles for emissions defeat devices

Daimler AG, parent of Mercedes-Benz has been forced to recall around 774,000 vehicles across its C-Class, GLC and Vito model lines in Europe, after being accused by German authorities of fitting emissions defeat devices in certain diesel models...


Mercedes C-Class, R-Class added to Takata recall
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Mercedes C-Class, R-Class added to Takata recall

Mercedes-Benz has added the 2008-09 C-Class and 2009-13 R-Class to the ever-growing list of cars on the Takata airbag recalls list. In the C-Class, the driver and passenger airbags are included, while only passenger-side airbags are impacted in the R-Class. As impacted Takata airbags age, a combination of heat and humidity can make the propellant degrade...


Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE
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Mercedes-Benz accused of emissions cheating on C-Class, Vito – UPDATE

UPDATE: Daimler's statement in response to the recall order affecting 1.6-litre diesel variants of the Vito van, has been added to this article. Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, could be facing an investigation from German authorities due to suspected use of emissions-cheating software in its diesel engines...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arriving in August
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class arriving in August

Mercedes-Benz Australia has confirmed the updated C-Class range – including the sedan, wagon, coupe and cabriolet – will be arriving in August, followed by the hi-po AMG C63 in December. Speaking with CarAdvice, public relations and product communications manager for Mercedes-Benz's local arm, Jerry Stamoulis, said the core range will be launching in a couple months time, with final pricing and specifications to be announced around July...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Nightfall Edition revealed for the UK
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Nightfall Edition revealed for the UK

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the C-Class Nightfall Edition for the UK, bringing black pack-style enhancements to all body variants of the popular nameplate. Based on the current pre-facelift C-Class range – which will get a mild refresh in the coming months – the Nightfall Edition sports unique appointments like power-coated matte-black alloys, black mirrors, side graphics, and a carbon rear spoiler (coupe and cabriolet)...


2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing
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2019 Mercedes-Benz C-Class L debuts in Beijing

Mercedes-Benz has revealed the updated C-Class L for the Chinese market at the Beijing motor show, bringing similar upgrades to the standard-wheelbase version sold globally. Key upgrades for the C-Class L include the new digital driver instrument cluster, EQ Boost mild-hybrid technology for select engine variants, a revised design for the LED headlights, and minor design changes inside and out...


Mercedes-Benz C-Class Edition C arrives from $60,900
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Mercedes-Benz C-Class Edition C arrives from $60,900

The limited-edition Mercedes-Benz C-Class Edition C is now available in Australia, priced from $60,900 drive-away. Based on the C200 sedan, the Edition C adds features like an electric sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, metallic paint (excludes designo) and 19-inch alloy wheels, despite the standard version being priced from $61,900 before on-road costs...


2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 revealed
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2018 Mercedes-AMG C63 revealed

Mercedes-AMG has unveiled its facelifted C63 range in New York, with a mildly overhauled exterior and a tech-heavy interior but, in shocking news, no more power. What's going on in Affalterbach? Power comes from the same 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 as before, making the same 350kW and 650Nm in 'base trim', or 375kW and 700Nm in range-topping C63 S guise...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet revealed
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet revealed

The facelifted 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe and Cabriolet range have been revealed this week, ahead of an Australian introduction in August. Headlining the mid-life upgrade is a revised design, the availability of a digital instrument cluster, and new mild-hybrid 'EQ Boost' technology for select powertrains – basically, everything from the new sedan and wagon...


2019 Volvo S60 leaked
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2019 Volvo S60 leaked

The next-generation Volvo S60 has been spied completely undisguised in Sweden, with a single image posted online this week. Published by Swedish site Teknikens Värld, the picture doesn't offer too many surprises – the car basically looks like a shrunken S90. We only have this rear three-quarter angle at the moment, though we'd expect the face to be identical to that of the recently-launched V60 wagon (below)...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class engines electrified
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class engines electrified

An updated Mercedes-Benz C-Class petrol plug-in hybrid (PHEV) sedan will arrive in Australia during the first quarter of 2019 – about six months after the 'regular' updated line-up – with an improved pure-electric range of 50km. This is up from the 30km on offer in the current C350e PHEV, giving the new version a significantly better zero-local-emissions driving window before petrol power kicks in...


Mercedes-Benz reveals diesel plug-in hybrids
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Mercedes-Benz reveals diesel plug-in hybrids

Mercedes-Benz has revealed a trio of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) models for the Geneva motor show: two diesel PHEVs based on the C-Class and E-Class, and a new petrol-electric S560e. To avoid confusion, we'll cover the two different hybrids separately...


Mercedes-Benz GLC, S-Class, C-Class and E-Class Coupe recalled
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Mercedes-Benz GLC, S-Class, C-Class and E-Class Coupe recalled

Mercedes-Benz has recalled 944 cars over concerns the propellant mix in the front seatbelt tensioner may not meet specifications. According to the company, the issue could mean the front seatbelt tensioners don't deploy in an accident, putting occupants at greater risk of injury in an accident...


The week's top news stories, February 18
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The week's top news stories, February 18

The automotive news wheel is always turning. If you're not constantly checking CarAdvice – which you should be doing, by the way – it can be easy for some headlines to slip through the cracks. To make sure you haven't missed anything important, we've gathered what we reckon are the hottest news stories from this week, right here...


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...


2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class revealed, here in Q3
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2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class revealed, here in Q3

Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the 2018 C-Class refresh, with more technology and a slightly tweaked exterior. The changes start outside, where the (now four year-old) exterior has been reworked with new headlights and tail-lights. AMG Line cars now come with a diamond grille, and the front bumper is more aggressive than before...


Mercedes-Benz: Same-same sedan design a non-issue
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Mercedes-Benz: Same-same sedan design a non-issue

The similarity between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, E-Class and S-Class is a deliberate strategy – and it's working well, according to Gorden Wagener, Daimler head of design. In a wide-ranging chat with Australian journalists after the launch of the new A-Class, Wagener addressed the similarities between the brand's traditional three-box sedans...


Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing
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Australia soft on stolen car exports: Melbourne Mercedes found in Dubai, authorities do nothing

It's the type of thing that keeps you up at night – the thought of somebody breaking into your home while you're asleep. That's especially true in Victoria, where crime rates have skyrocketed. Crime rates are up by 16.7 per cent per 100,000 people over the past five years, with property and deception offences accounting for the greatest number of crimes reported...


2015-16 Mercedes-AMG C63 recalled
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2015-16 Mercedes-AMG C63 recalled

Mercedes-AMG has issued a recall for 1343 examples of its 2015 and 2016 C63 S model line, over concerns drivetrain torque peaks could cause the drive-shaft to fail. The manufacturer reports pulling away on wet roads could see the vehicle's drivetrain experience torque peaks. If the condition occurs, it could lead to the failure of the drive-shaft, resulting in a "loss of propulsion"...