Category Archives: Mercedes-Benz

New Mercedes-AMG Safety Car for the 2018 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

Bathurst, Australia – For the fourth consecutive year, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia will supply the Safety and Course cars to ensure the smooth running of the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12-Hour Race, from February 2-4, 2018.

The field will be led by the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Safety Car and when needed, will corral the high-powered field across all on-track sessions, including Sunday’s race. Equipped with a 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine pumping out 450 kW of power and 850 Nm of torque, the AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ Safety Car is able to sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 3.4 seconds and reach an electronically controlled top speed of 300 km/h.

Also lending a helping hand, a pair of Mercedes-AMG C 63 S models plus two Mercedes-AMG C 43 4MATIC saloons will perform official duties as Course Cars across the weekend at Mount Panorama.

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The new Mercedes-Benz G-Class The legend on the Schöckl: More control, more comfort

Every G-Class has to conquer the Schöckl. Mercedes-Benz uses the 1,445 metre high local mountain near the Austrian city of Graz as a test track. The 5.6 km route includes gradients of up to 60 percent and lateral inclinations of up to 40 percent. During the development stage, a “G” has to endure a good 2,000 strenuous kilometres on this very demanding course. The new G-Class masters the route with noticeably more control and comfort.
The primary goal of development was to make the new G-Class even more effective off-road. The G thus remains a true G – thanks to its standard ladder-type frame, the three 100-percent differential locks and LOW RANGE off-road ratio. Its suspension is the result of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz G GmbH and Mercedes-AMG GmbH. The result is an independent suspension with double-wishbone front axle in combination with a rigid rear axle. During development work, the engineers had the task of fighting for every millimetre, because off-road capability also means maximum ground clearance. The raised axle with independent suspension decisively contributes to this, and additionally increases the stiffness of the body with a strut brace.

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World’s first full service Mercedes-AMG dealership opens in Sydney

Sydney – Mercedes-AMG has this week opened a stunning new stand-alone, full-service showroom to showcase its performance vehicle range in Sydney. To be known as AMG Sydney, it is the first dedicated sales-and-service showroom for Mercedes-AMG vehicles in the world, and just the second stand-alone AMG showroom along with a facility opened in Tokyo earlier this year.

The new showroom represents the sports car and performance brand in a discrete architecture for the first time in Australia, and will present customers with an immersive yet approachable brand experience.

Prominently positioned adjacent to the Kingsford Smith Airport domestic terminals, it is well placed to capitalise on the strategic expansion of the Mercedes-AMG product range in recent years and marks another milestone in the performance brand’s sales strategy.

Mercedes-AMG understands the passion Australians have for the performance brand, says Tobias Moers, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes AMG GmbH.

“We are very proud to open our second stand-alone store here in Sydney. It is a great chance to underline the importance of the Australian market to our brand and to ensure that our customers can experience the AMG spirit as well as the ideal service for their car – everything of course Affalterbach approved.”

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Australian pricing for Mercedes-AMG E 63 models announced

The new Mercedes-AMG E 63 4MATIC+ and AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ models are set to be highly sought-after by performance-oriented buyers when the new AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ arrives in June 2017.
Dispatching the sprint from zero to 100km/h in just 3.4 seconds for the AMG E 63 S 4MATIC+ and 3.5 seconds for the AMG E 63 4MATIC+, they will be among the most powerful production luxury saloons in the world, with the 4.0-litre biturbo V8 engine pumping out 450kW and 850Nm (AMG E 63 S) or 420kW and 750Nm (AMG E 63).
Tobias Moers, the CEO of Mercedes-AMG GmbH says: “The new AMG E 63 represents the biggest step forward we’ve ever taken from one generation to the next.

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All-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupé – Australian pricing announced

Following the introduction to Australia of the world’s most intelligent sedan, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class family welcomes a new member: the all-new E-Class Coupé.

With expressive proportions, clear and sensual design, and long-distance comfort for four people, the E-Class Coupé combines the beauty and virtues of a four-seater Gran Tourismo with with state-of-the-art technology.

The new Coupé offers full smartphone integration, a widescreen cockpit and the latest driver assistance systems. A powerful engine and dynamic suspension guarantee a sporty and agile driving experience.

The proportions typical of Mercedes-Benz are characterised by a distinctive front end with a low-positioned sport grille and central star, a long hood with power domes, a rearward-shifted, elongated greenhouse and a muscular rear end. The dynamic looks are underlined by four frameless side windows and the absence of a B-pillar. With these clear forms, the design of the Coupé conveys an air of luxury and style alike.

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Mercedes-AMG GT R – Australian pricing announced

Never before has Mercedes-AMG packed so much motorsport technology into a production vehicle than into the new AMG GT R. The front-mid-engine configuration with transaxle, twin-turbo V8 engine rated at 430 kW, extensively modified suspension, new aerodynamics and intelligent lightweight construction lay the foundations for an especially dynamic driving experience.

Wider front and rear wings allow an increased track width for optimum grip and even higher cornering speeds. The new front apron with active elements, the large rear aero-foil and the new rear apron with double diffuser enhance aerodynamic efficiency and help ensure optimum grip.

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Road and Track 1991 – BMW M3 Sport Evolution vs. Audi Coupe S2 vs. Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II

From the October 1991 issue of Road & Track

The German town of Hockenheim is perfect for comparison tests. In addition to having one of R&T European Editor Paul Frere’s favorite Greek restaurants—essential for discussing the cars after a good day of driving-it also affords access to the freedom of Autobahnen, the beauty of country roads and the majesty of Hockenheimring, a world-class race circuit nestled in the woods.

From Ingolstadt, Munich and Stuttgart we gathered an Audi Coupe S2, a BMW M3 Sport Evolution and a Mercedes-Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II and lined them up, toe to toe and tire to tire, in and around Hockenheim. There could be no more fitting a place for these three makes to square off than Hockenheim. After all, full-on race versions of the BMW M3. Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 and Audi V8 have been chasing each other around Hockenheimring, Nurburgring and other tracks and street circuits all year in pursuit of the victor’s trophy in the Group A German Touring Car Championship.

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The new Mercedes-AMG GT3 to Appear in the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison

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Melbourne – Two AMG powered vehicles are set to go head to head with the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Two-seater presented by Swisse across the biggest motorsport weekend in Australia. Following its Australasian premiere the Mercedes-AMG GT3 race car will compete alongside a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate to challenge the two-seater F1 race car in the MSS Security Ultimate Speed Comparison.
Five-time MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan will once again pilot a road going Mercedes-AMG, which in 2016 will be the AMG C 63 S Estate. Mercedes-Benz Driving Academy Chief Driving Instructor, Peter Hackett, will be driving the latest race car from AMG, the Mercedes-AMG GT3.
Driving the 2016 Formula 1® Rolex Australian Grand Prix Two-seater presented by Swisse will be experienced racing driver Cameron McConville.
The Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Estate – Sportiness and dynamism carefully considered, the AMG C 63 S Estate offers exceptional race track performance and practicallity. The sum of the performance-oriented equipment, a sumptuous interior and outstanding technology, lifts the new AMG C 63 S to a new league of high-performance vehicles.
Five-time MotoGP World Champion Mick Doohan said, “I recently drove the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S around Mount Panorama in Bathurst and just couldn’t believe the power delivery from the Bi-turbo V8 down Conrod straight, I can’t wait to see what it can do around Albert Park.
The other two guys will be fast and that new AMG GT3 looks fast even at a standstill. Though I’ll be in a road going production car, I’ll be doing everything I can to keep them both in my mirrors”, concluded Doohan.

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Mercedes-Benz Australia’s response to Personal Imports of Motor Vehicles

Melbourne – The announcement by the Federal Government today of planned changes to the Motor Vehicle Standards Act 1989 is disappointingly low on detail despite more than two years of intensive discussion.

The CEO of Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific, Mr. Horst von Sanden said “Despite two years of consultation with the industry, the announcement was not accompanied by a Regulatory Impact Statement or any specific detail as to how these planned changes would be implemented. This is not just disappointing, but seems to indicate that the Government actually has no plan for how they will implement the changes. If a plan has been constructed I look forward with much anticipation to reading it as will all stakeholders. The matters that we are very concerned about go to the heart of Consumer protection and the integrity of the New Vehicle market in Australia.“

We have a number of serious concerns over the lack of specific detail and the irresponsibility and misconceptions that the Governments statement and position will create.

Australian Consumer Law currently provides comprehensive protection for automotive consumers when a vehicle is imported to Australia by the OEM. The owner of a privately imported vehicle will have ZERO protection under Australian Consumer Law. The Government explains this better on their own websites.
https://infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act/files/MVSA_Overview_Brochure.pdf

´”Information for individuals seeking to purchase a vehicle overseas, and subsequent buyers in the Australian used vehicle market, will be made available through the Department’s website, including a recommendation that buyers purchase insurance and/or warranty coverage for repairs and possible safety recalls. “

The requirement of affixing a compliance plate to a vehicle is apparently to be scrapped and replaced with an as yet nonexistent, ill-defined and unfunded Register of Approved Vehicles that will contain the details of all vehicles. Who will control, fund and maintain this register accurately?
The Government talks about a Global regime and Global Standards. Of the 193 Countries in the world only 57 have adopted the so called Global Standards.
The Government says it is not proceeding with allowing second hand cars to be imported yet it claims that a ‘New Car’ can be up to twelve months old and have up to 500km. Nowhere in the world is a car up to 12 months old and with up to 500km’s regarded as new. In the industry this is NOT a new car, it is categorized as a DEMONSTRATOR and is a second hand vehicle.
The Government has not provided a (RIS) Regulatory Impact Statement that would outline the impacts and implications of this significant policy change. Surely the industry and the consumer are entitled to know what the implications of the decision will be and how the Government has reached this decision. The Office of Prime Minister and Cabinet says on its official website:
http://www.dpmc.gov.au/office-best-practice-regulation/regulation-impact-statements“

A RIS is a document prepared by the department, agency, statutory authority or board responsible for a regulatory policy proposal that formalises and provides evidence of the key steps taken during the development of the proposal, and includes an assessment of the costs and benefits of each option.

Preparation of a RIS ensures that all relevant information is documented, and that the decision-making processes are made explicit and transparent.”

The Government has announced no demonstrable or detailed plans as to how consumers will be protected against buying a stolen, financed or insurance write off vehicle. Currently, any customer vehicle purchased through official channels has guaranteed title against such issues. The considerable and valuable work done by Australia’s National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council will all be diminished by suspect vehicles crossing our borders without compliance plates.
Mercedes-Benz Australia is not frightened of reform, what we are frightened of is the disruption and diminution of one of the rights of Australian consumers which this policy proposal completely and totally disregards. It will create second class consumers when there is no demonstrated need to do so.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 Australian Premiere at the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour

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To coincide with the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Mercedes-AMG is presenting its very latest racing car: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the first time in Australia.

Motorsport and Mercedes-AMG are inseparable entities: competition on the racetrack is deeply ingrained in the DNA of AMG, and constantly drives the team in Affalterbach on to achieve top-class performance. In no other customer race series in the world is there so much variety as in those held according to the FIA’s GT3 rules. They attract the entire international sports car elite to the starting line. The mixture of demanding sprint races and legendary endurance classics around the globe constantly confronts the teams with new challenges.

“We are entering a hotly contested and strongly occupied competitive environment with the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. The high technological level and fair race rules motivate us to be right up in the front rank with our new customer racing car,” says Tobias Moers, Chairman of Mercedes-AMG GmbH. “Our standard version of the AMG GT is already aimed specifically at the fiercely contested sports car segment. We are now systematically continuing this strategy on the racetrack as well. Only those who win against the best can substantiate a claim to leadership.”

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