Video: Mercedes-Benz F1 Turbo Setup Shows Why Formula 1 is King

Everyone has their favourite form of motor sport, right? Some prefer Nascar. Others prefer their touring cars. Some prefer Indy and here in Australia, it’s the V8 Supercars. The good thing is that we don’t have choose between one or the other. We can watch it all. If we did have to choose, though, I’m sure it’d be Formula 1 that topped the heap. If you can get away from all the corporate BS and the questionable records of some countries that pay to host races, what Formula 1 excels at is innovation. Whether it’s engine tech, suspension, safety devices, […]

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Monday Reading – Classic Mercs, Fiat, Goodwood, Saab + Volvo Sales and Maserati

[hr] Here’s the very best of automotive reading from around the web over the weekend. Well, what I think was the best reading. Let’s see what you think. — Congratulations to Volvo on increasing its sales in 2013. Volvo sold 427,840 vehicles in 2013, a small increase over 2012. The boost came thanks to large rise in Chinese sales and a small rise in Swedish sales. The US market, still #1 for Volvo, dropped by 10% so if they can arrest that slide in the near future, things will indeed look brighter for the other Swede. Don’t mind the picture […]

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Mid-Week Reading: Volvo, Benz Do New Models; Audi, Ford Do Interiors. Saab 96 Does Boston

[hr] [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t’s time for a little mid-week reading, combing through the more interesting news and entertainment from the automowebopshere. This week, Ford and Audi take interior functionality in two different directions. Volvo and Mercedes Benz show some new product, both real and imagined. And there’s a couple of nice Saab stories, too. — Let’s start with one of those Saab stories. The more obsessive Saab nuts would be familiar with this old publicity shot from the launch of the Saab 99 back in the late 1960’s. Via the Saab Museum’s facebook page comes this story, reuniting the three ladies that […]

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Thursday Snippets

It’s been quiet around here because there are a few things on my mind. First, we have a federal election going on here in Australia. The poll itself will be held on September 7. I don’t want to be consumed by it, but I am. I’m doing my best to keep the election off this website, however. You’re welcome. Second, this week has seen the climax of the biggest scandal in Australian sports history. The conclusion has been six months in the making and thoroughly consuming all week. And finally, I’ve got a vehicle inspection happening tomorrow. We’ve replaced Mrs […]

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Mercedes Benz S-Class – Are Interiors The Last Great Differentiator?

Back in the 1970s, a car sold in Australia was luxurious if it had velour seats and a radio. Those two features meant you didn’t burn your legs on vinyl seats after a day at the beach and you had some music on your way home. Today, we’ve got so many interior amenities it’s hard to know the difference between inside and outside the car. We step out of a climate controlled building and get into a climate controlled car. We don’t have to stop taking or making phone calls because the Bluetooth system will sync directly and seamlessly with […]

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Mercedes A-Class plays familiar, catchy tune

The car in the picture has a two-litre turbo, a (small-ish) hatchback, a well sorted suspension setup delivering good FWD handling and a nicely appointed interior. It’s young, edgy and it’s a Merc. Yes, a Mercedes Benz. Whilst all the world’s a-flutter about the AMG A45 that’s going to be launched at the Geneva Motor Show next month, there’s a real world Mercedes A-class for sale right now that makes a reasonable argument for itself. It’s the new A250 Sport. The Mercedes A-Class is no longer the triangular tipping-cow of the city-car segment. This all-new car with it’s completely revised […]

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