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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


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.

´”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:“

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


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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Mercedes-Benz Provides Official Safety Car for 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour


Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz will proudly return to Mt Panorama from 4 – 7 February to provide the Official Safety Car for the 2016 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour. The Safety Car, a Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan, is expected to make several appearances on the iconic roads of Australia’s most revered and intimidating circuit.

“Mercedes-Benz has a proud heritage at Mount Panorama and we’re excited to bring a strong presence back to the Bathurst 12 Hour” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “We’re thrilled to showcase the performance and safety of our vehicles at such an iconic event, and feel honoured to continue our provision of the Official Safety Car.”

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The future is HERE: Tomorrow’s mobility begins with real-time digital maps

  • AUDI AG, BMW Group and Daimler AG successfully conclude HERE acquisition
  • HERE as leading provider of technology for digitized world of mobility
  • Data from vehicle sensors to accelerate development of open location platform
  • HERE to expand business in all areas and win further customers beyond automotive
  • Shareholders open to other partners and investors from all industries

Berlin – December 7, 2015. Intelligent real-time maps, location-based services and highly-automated driving: the future of mobility lies in a digitized world – one that can be reached through the products and services of HERE. First-rate maps and a new understanding of location-based services are the foundation for HERE to continue on its successful growth course – as an open, independent and value creating company. This is to the benefit of the many hundreds of HERE customers from multiple industries. Continue reading The future is HERE: Tomorrow’s mobility begins with real-time digital maps

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS: GL meets S


Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific has announced pricing and specification for the new Mercedes-Benz GLS which arrives in April 2016. Like the GL before it,the GLS sets new standards in the world of the SUV. Boasting outstanding spaciousness, the GLS combines luxury and comfort, with agile dynamics and best-in-class safety.

The revised exterior and luxurious interior clearly underscore the impressive character of the GLS. Outside, the focus has been placed on a redesign of the front, while the rear has been modernised primarily in the area of the bumper and tail lights. Eye-catching highlights in the interior include: the newly designed instrument panel with semi-integrated Media Display, the new 3-spoke multifunction steering wheel, and the modified centre console with the innovative touchpad. Once again the dimensions of the GLS bear witness to its full-size format, and form the best possible basis for providing its seven passengers with a generous amount of space:

Length: 5130 mm

Width: 1934 mm

Height: 1850 mm

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The New Generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Pricing and Specification announced


Mercedes-Benz Australia has announced pricing and specification for the new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class which goes on sale in January 2016. Combining benchmark driving dynamics and safety technologies with enhanced design and connectivity features, the new A-Class is sportier than ever, and ready for a new generation.

“The progressive new A-Class continues the success story of our compact car range” said Horst von Sanden, CEO and Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars Australia/Pacific. “Since 2013, the A-Class model range has enhanced the youthful appeal of our brand, and been one of the real highlights in our product offensive. This latest generation delivers even greater comfort and value to our customers.”

The model range

The new generation A-Class model range provides exceptional value right from the entry level A 180. Consuming just 5.8 L/100km from a 1.6 L turbocharged engine, the A 180 includes 17” wheels, Garmin® MAP PILOT navigation, Blind Spot Assist, reversing camera, KEYLESS Start, DYNAMIC SELECT and a Diamond Grille in black as standard. Continue reading The New Generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class – Pricing and Specification announced