Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia

Sydney. In support of its commitment to the Global Fashion Engagement and emerging talent worldwide, Mercedes-Benz exclusively launched the new episode of Fashion Creatives starring the newly appointed creative director of Brioni, Justin O’Shea and L.A. based influencer, fashion consultant and stylist, Jayne Min. The film was screened during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia the first ever fashion platform the automotive brand supported. This year Mercedes-Benz celebrates 21 years of dedication to fashion.

In the new episode of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives, Australian-born, Justin O’Shea joins L.A. based, Jayne Min in a scripted short film that acts as a spoof on the ‘selfie culture’ we currently live in.

Justin O’Shea made a surprise appearance last night at the Mercedes-Benz presents show, where he drove into the presentation hangar in his solar beam yellow Mercedes AMG G 63, which also appears in the film. Last night he played host to the Mercedes-Benz presents show which this season, showcased the work of designer, Toni Maticevski who presented his Resort 2016 collection which included a dress inspired by the Mercedes AMG C 63 S Coupé Edition 1.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AustraliaSince launching his label ‘Maticevski’ in 1999, Toni Maticevski has retained a strong hands-on approach to his work. Known for his manipulation of traditional fashion silhouettes, his exquisitely designed and crafted garments in beautiful feminine shapes showcase his attention to detail and skill in dressing the female form.

Following the Mercedes-Benz presents show Toni commented: “When I was invited to design a piece inspired by the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Coupe Edition 1, there were many elements which I considered, I didn’t want to design a dress which was just transformed from a car, for me it was more about the celebration of Mercedes-Benz and their integrity in luxury and design. It’s about Fluid lines, elongated drape, and a mono tone of fabric which moulded and extended the body were all formed to the silhouette. Racy cut sport lines fall down to the lower back with the entire look anchored by a sports mesh body band. The AMG C 63 S Coupe Edition 1 is a desirable object and I wanted the dress to have that as the underlying aesthetic….alluring and sensual,” he said.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives Episode 5: Selfie Film

Selfies are all the craze, until you find yourself in social media purgatory.

The film opens with an overly confident Justin O’Shea snapping a cheeky selfie in his highly Insta-Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australiagrammable bright yellow Mercedes AMG G 63. It soon turns out he is Hollywood’s most wanted ‘selfie doctor,’ visiting digital influencer Jayne Min at her highly desirable and equally Instagram-able downtown L.A. converted warehouse flat.

Justin comes to the rescue as Jayne’s face has morphed into her failed selfie, leaving her with three eyes instead of one. Justin – whose character mixes unconventional counselling with philosophy and a dose of Australian charm – quickly concludes Jayne has ‘trapped her soul in a selfie.’

The selfie doctor resorts to all sorts of tools to fix the problem such as adjusting the light, improving the angle and finally, by introducing the grandest of all tools: ‘The selfie stick’.
Will Jayne’s soul be released from social media purgatory? Find out in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Creatives Episode 5.

Justin O’Shea
Justin O’Shea has become one of the most recognised faces in fashion.  As fashion director, he helped grow from a small store in Munich to a successful luxury e-tailer. O’Shea joined MyTheresa in 2009, at the time of his appointment as buying director; the website was a much smaller entity, owned by the Munich locals who had launched it out of their brick-and-mortar store in 2006. In March 2016, after seven years, O’Shea left and was appointed creative director of Italian menswear brand Brioni.

O’Shea spent his formative years in a remote aboriginal village in Australia, working in the mines with his father and unpacking boxes at a supermarket. He spent his mid-twenties in streetwear and denim stores across Australia and Amsterdam, before moving to London. It was here that O’Shea scored his first real coup; while working for a showroom, he succeeded in getting denim brand April 77 into Dover Street Market.

After that, the Australian became a buyer for powerful luxury retailer Al Ostoura in Kuwait.

Along with his experience in retail, O’Shea has forged a distinct visual signature of his own. His beard, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australiatattoos and penchant for sharp suits have made him a highly recognisable street style star at fashion week, with over 79,000 followers on Instagram.

Jayne Min

Jayne Min is a Los Angeles based creative director, stylist, and influencer known for her casual California style. Since the launch of her website ‘STOP IT RIGHT NOW’ in 2009, Jayne has gone to collaborate with a number of global brands including Calvin Klein, Gucci, Moda Operandi, and Lane Crawford.

Toni Maticevski

After completing his Bachelor of Arts in fashion design at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Maticevski worked with Donna Karan in New York. He then moved to Paris to work at Cerruti (womenswear) for two seasons, before returning to Melbourne where he continued to develop his unique design philosophy.Maticevski honed and developed his skills whilst working with brands in Melbourne and Sydney, including Collette Dinnigan, Nobody Denim, Dita Von Teese and Myer.

In 2002, Maticevski won the L’oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival ‘New Designer Award’ and a few months later, premiered his collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia in Sydney.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week AustraliaIn 2012, with a stronger brand offering, Maticevski returned to the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia catwalk to much critical applause.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Social Media Launch

In support of their ongoing fashion commitment worldwide, last month saw Mercedes-Benz last launch a collection of new fashion-focused social media channels. Alongside forming a centralised hub for online audiences to explore the 50 plus fashion-related platforms supported by Mercedes-Benz globally, the channels will cover emerging talent, inspiring moments in fashion history and feature collaborations with established and up-and-coming digital influencers. 

Mercedes-Benz is a partner of established events such as Paris, London, and Milan Fashion Week; it is however the exclusive access to markets such as Africa, Australia and China – to name a few – that set these social media channels apart from others. Moreover, diverse content from fashion platforms worldwide allows the brand to tell a real ‘global’ fashion story – an all-encompassing look into the impact of culture on fashion design and a celebration of diversity and talent in emerging markets.

While the ‘Mercedes-Benz Fashion’ Instagram channel (@mbfw) is the go-to place for highly curated content with a strong editorial voice, the brand’s fashion-focused Twitter, Snapchat and Periscope (@mbfwofficial) channels present audiences with exclusive behind-the-scenes content, live from selected, key Mercedes-Benz Fashion engagements.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia takes place from 15 to 21 May 2016.

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

Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Sedan - 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.”

Mercedes-Benz has an illustrious history of safety in the world’s premiere motorsport events. For 20 years the official Formula One safety car has been proudly supplied by Mercedes-Benz, starting with a C 36 AMG in 1996. In 2016, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S will provide maximum safety for the field at the Bathurst 12 Hour, and safely negotiaite the circuit when adverse weather conditions or incidents call for the Safety Car to be deployed.

The 4.0-litre V8 biturbo engine of the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S generates a maximum output of 375 kW and peak torque of 700 Nm, accelerating from  0 – 100 km/h in just 4.0 seconds. Utilizing an extensive array of high-performance AMG equipment, including a ceramic brake system and electronic rear axle locking differential, the Mercedes-AMG C 63 S fuses outstanding driving dynamics and safety, with first-class quality materials and craftsmanship, to embody the pinnacle of sports performance.

The new Mercedes-Benz GLS: GL meets S


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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:


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The new GLS reflects harmony and modern luxury to impressive effect. Chrome-look details such as the roof rails, underbody protection, beltline trim strips, luggage compartment handle and side sill trim create attractive highlights.

The model range

The entry level GLS 350 d, offers an outstanding value proposition for customers. Utilising an efficient 3.0L V6 diesel engine, the vehicle produces 190 kW and 620 Nm, and is coupled with a 9G-TRONIC transmission. In addition to the efficient new transmission, which arrives as standard on all non-AMG models, the new GLS now arrives with COMAND Online navigation, Apple CarPlayTM, an LED Intelligent Light System, DYNAMIC SELECT with 5 driving modes, and 20” 10-Spoke wheels, over the previous model.

Enhancing the value in this variant, the GLS 350 d Sport incorporates a newly designed AMG Line Exterior, ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM with active roll stabilisation, Tyre pressure monitoring system and metallic paint as standard. In addition, Nappa Leather, an AMG Line Interior and 21” AMG wheels arrive as standard equipment over the previous generation’s model.
Producing a maximum output of 335kW and 700Nm from its 4.7L V8 engine, the GLS 500 produces powerful and dynamic driving capabilities in conjunction with the 9G-TRONIC transmission, and 4MATIC all-wheel drive. In addition to the equipment arriving on the GLS 350 d models, the GLS 500 adds even greater value to the range including: a panoramic glass electric sunroof with slide/tilt function, Luxury Front Seats with heating and ventilation, Heated second row seats, an Anti-theft protection package and a Digital TV tuner.

Completing the range, the Mercedes-AMG GLS 63 continues the ‘One man, One Engine’ philosophy from Mercedes-AMG to deliver outstanding performance: accelerating from 0-100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. The AMG GLS 63 produces 430 kW of power and 760 Nm of torque from its 5.5L V8 engine. The performance oriented AMG variant also gains further specification over the GLS 500 including an AMG Driver’s package (top speed increased to 270 kph), 4MATIC all-wheel drive with 40:60 rear bias, DYNAMIC SELECT including Sport+ driving mode, 22” AMG Wheels, AMG Sports Suspension, an AMG High Performance Brake system, Power closing doors and an AIR-BALANCE package.

Luxury liner with outstanding inner values

Accompanying the high exterior design quality is the revised interior which underscores the first-class claim of the GLS. The interior boasts what is an S-Class standard among SUVs. Furthermore, up to seven passengers are able to enjoy an outstanding level of spaciousness. Like its predecessor, the new GLS boasts ample elbow and headroom in all three seat rows. With its diverse adjustment options, the centre seat row enables a high degree of flexibility in the interior, including a cargo position for optimum use of the luggage compartment. This provides a volume of 680 to 2300 litres. In addition, the GLS offers a maximum load compartment length of 2124 mm and a payload capacity of up to 805 kg.

Maximum safety for seven passengers

The equipment level of the new GLS in the area of active safety underscores Mercedes-Benz’s high standards when it comes to assisting the driver. Driver assistance systems fitted as standard include: COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS, Crosswind Assist, ATTENTION ASSIST, DISTRONIC PLUS with Stop&Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE® Brake with pedestrian detection, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, PRE‑SAFE® PLUS, PRE-SAFE® Brake and the electronic all-wheel drive traction system 4ETS. Optimal protection potential is provided by the passive occupant protection systems together with the “electronic crumple zones” of the assistance systems and the intelligent body design. Adaptive, two-stage airbags for driver and front passenger, kneebag for the driver and front passenger (combined thorax/pelvisbags) and windowbags across all three seat rows are also part of the standard specification, among other features.

Night-time vision is improved by the standard LED Intelligent Light System, while the heated adaptive windscreen wiper system with purposeful, efficient water distribution (Standard on the AMG GLS 63).

Comprehensive stability: DYNAMIC SELECT, AIRMATIC with enhanced ADS and ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM

With DYNAMIC SELECT, the new GLS provides up to six transmission modes. In addition to the settings COMFORT, SLIPPERY and SPORT, with the DYNAMIC SELECT Controller in the centre console, the driver can additionally choose INDIVIDUAL or the OFF-ROAD mode for light terrain. If the GLS model is equipped with the optional Off-Road Engineering package, the OFF-ROAD+ mode is also available. With this, the low-range gearbox and centre differential lock also intervene if necessary in order to ensure a high degree of driveability in demanding off-road terrain. This is further boosted by the expanded functions of the AIRMATIC air suspension with raised ride heights for a ground clearance of up to 306 millimetres and thus a fording depth of up to 600 millimetres.

Apart from the ground-breaking powertrain configuration, the retuned AIRMATIC air suspension with further advanced ADS damping characteristics guarantees extremely stable handling. The damping system changes its priorities depending on the preselected DYNAMIC SELECT mode. SPORT focuses on the greatest possible lateral dynamics with the best possible ride quality. Conversely, COMFORT mode enables maximum ride quality with the best possible dynamics.

The optional active roll stabilisation ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM uses active anti-roll bars on the front and rear axle and reduces the roll angle of the body during cornering. Better driving comfort both when cornering and on straights and extended off-road capabilities are also part of the advantages of the ACTIVE CURVE SYSTEM.

Completely modernised SUV family from Mercedes-Benz

With the new GLS, Mercedes-Benz now offers the newest and most comprehensive premium SUV range ever. The portfolio now extends from the compact GLA and the all-new GLC, to the successful GLE and GLE Coupé, the new GLS, and the grandfather of all Mercedes-Benz SUVs, the iconic G-Class.

Launching in April 2016, the exciting new GLS range is now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended list price is as follows:

  • GLS 350 d 4MATIC – $116,900 (MRLP)
  • GLS 350 d 4MATIC Sport – $135,900 (MRLP)
  • GLS 500 4MATIC – $161,900 (MRLP)
  • AMG GLS 63 4MATIC – $217,900 (MRLP)

The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the GLS range.

As you may be aware, the MRLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.

•The attached pricing is an MRLP
•That the MRLP excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery, and
•For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

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

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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.

The A 200 (petrol) produces 115 kW of power and 250 Nm of torque from a 1.6 L engine and includes 18” wheels, a Mirror Package and sports seats with lumber support in addition to the entry level equipment. Sharing the identical level of specification, the A 200 d consumes just 4.2 L/100km, while producing 100kW and 300Nm from a 2.1 L diesel engine.

The A 250 Sport 4MATIC now produces 160 kW of power in combination with the 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission. Arriving with 4MATIC all-wheel drive as standard, the A 250 Sport 4MATIC also includes 18” AMG wheels, AMG Bodystyling, AMG Ride Control suspension, LED fixed headlamps, KEYLESS-GO, a panoramic sunroof and ambient lighting with 12 colours.

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC delivers performance that is unrivalled in its class – the new car accelerates from 0 – 100 km/h in just 4.2 seconds and produces a maximum output of 280 kW and a peak torque of 475 Nm. The revised gear ratios, aerodynamic fine-tuning and the new AMG DYNAMIC SELECT driving modes raise overall performance to a higher level, and underline the claim to leadership in this market segment. Completely new for the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC, the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package sharpens up the vehicle dynamics even further. One major component is the newly developed, mechanical front axle locking differential, which significantly improves traction in sporty driving environments. The greatest advantages become apparent during fast acceleration out of bends, where the locking differential allows maximum grip and high rates of lateral acceleration. 

The Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC arrives with 19” AMG wheels, AMG Performance Seats, AMG Performance Exhaust, AMG DYNAMIC SELECT (including Race Mode), COMAND Navigation, Harman Kardon DISTRONIC PLUS and Heated Front Seats as standard.

The chassis: comfort at the touch of a button

With DYNAMIC SELECT, the vehicle characteristics can be adjusted at the touch of a button, as the system modifies the engine, transmission, suspension, steering and air conditioning to meet the driver’s perference. The four optional driving modes include “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Eco” and “Individual” settings. DYNAMIC SELECT allows a particularly broad range of setting options in combination with the new suspension with adaptive damping, including Comfort mode with comfortable damping characteristics and Sport mode for a sporty and more taut damper set-up. All models are equipped with DYNAMIC SELECT as standard.

“With the DYNAMIC SELECT driving programme selector, the new chassis with adaptive damping and LED high-performance headlamps, the new generation of the A-Class demonstrates just how high the level of innovation can be in this segment”, says Prof. Dr. Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

Already familiar from the Mercedes-AMG GT S and Mercedes-AMG C 63 S,    AMG DYNAMIC SELECT now also allows the widest possible selection of driving dynamics in the Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC. To this end, five driving modes including “Comfort”, “Sport”, “Sport +”, “Individual” and “Race” are available for selection. 

The design: dynamically curved surfaces and a fresh ambience

Striking lines, dynamically curved surfaces and coupé-like window lines characterise the exterior of the A-Class, following the design philosophy of sensual purity. With a diamond grille, new LED high-performance headlamps (standard on the A 250 Sport 4MATIC and AMG A 45 4MATIC), and newly designed tail lamps with dual tailpipe trim integrated into the bumper, the new generation emphasises the sportiness and dynamics of the successful compact class model series.

With its dramatic design in the style of the successful MERCEDES-AMG PETRONAS Formula 1 team, the special “Motorsport Edition” model will particularly appeal to racing fans. Available on the A 250 Sport 4MATIC, Petronas green highlights adorn the rim flanges of the AMG wheels, AMG rear aerofoil, areas of the front and rear bumper trim, and exterior mirrors. Eye-catching details are also carried into the interior including Petronas green surrounds of the air vents and the contrasting topstitching.

Outstanding levels of safety

With numerous driving assistance systems from the drowsiness detection system ATTENTION ASSIST to DISTRONIC PLUS, the A-Class provides occupants with comprehensive support and protection. The A-Class range arrives with a host of standard safety technologies including: 9 Airbags, PRE-SAFE®, Blind Spot Assist, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS and an Active Bonnet. The         Mercedes-AMG A 45 4MATIC also arrives with DISTRONIC PLUS and Lane Keeping Assist (Passive) as standard.

Multimedia: Trailblazer in smartphone integration
The new-generation A-Class is the first Mercedes-Benz model to be available (from December production) with comprehensive smartphone integration: Apple® CarPlay® (for iPhone® owners). In the case of e.g. Apple® CarPlay® the system supports telephoning, navigation and listening to music, receiving and sending text messages and emails as well as Siri voice control.

The exciting new generation Mercedes-Benz A-Class range is now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended retail list price is as follows:

2016 A-Class Pricing

  • A 180: $37,200 (MRLP)
  • A 200: $42,800 (MRLP)
  • A 200 d: $43,300 (MRLP)
  • A 250 Sport 4MATIC: $53,300 (MRLP)
  • Mercedes-AMG A 45: $77,900 (MRLP)

Important noteThe price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the A-Classrange.

As you may be aware, the MRLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.

•The attached pricing is an MRLP
•The MRLP excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery, and
•For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

Whilst we are unable to provide you with drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of the authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific state.

Fake Wheels Fail even at low speed


 The fake wheel (left) and the genuine wheel (right).

Engineers compare the fake wheel to the genuine wheel.The genuine wheel was undamaged at 50km/h in the pothole test.

The makers of the fake wheel even copied “Made In Germany” on the back of the wheel – but then have ground this off.Some fake wheels had Made In China stamped on them.

FCAI chief executive Tony Weber (left) and FCAI Delegate and Committee Chair David McCarthy with the broken fake wheel and undamaged genuine wheel after the pothole test.The fake wheel broke every time in the pothole test at 50km/h.


A set of fake wheels on sale in Australia have been shown to dangerously disintegrate at just 50km/h in testing. The test was carried out by the Australian automotive industry and saw Mercedes-Benz Australia Pacific and GM Holden team up to demonstrate to consumers the serious safety risks that can be associated with fake parts.
Using imitation Mercedes-Benz wheels purchased online from an Australian-based seller, engineers set out to compare them to genuine wheels in an impact test.
The test was a pothole test, which saw fake wheels break apart at just 50km/h. This occurred in separate tests, one in which the point of impact was close to a spoke and one where the point of impact was midway between the spokes. Under the same tests, the genuine wheels sustained no visible damage.
“The genuine wheels performed safely under the same test and didn’t receive any visible damage while the fake wheels disintegrated at just 50km/h. This is the speed limit for residential areas in most parts of Australia,” Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries Chief Executive and Genuine Is Best spokesperson Tony Weber said.
“To make matters worse, when the fake wheels broke apart, sharp metal shards were flung off and landed many metres away, potentially putting passers-by at risk.”
Mercedes-Benz Australia Senior Engineer for Engineering, Certification and Testing Timothy Clarke said the low speed at which disintegration occurred was concerning.
“Travelling at 50km/h is a real-world speed and you can easily see people encountering this situation. A piece of rim breaking away is not only dangerous for the people in the car but also for those on the side of the road considering how far the piece flew. Based on those sorts of results I wouldn’t want to put those rims on my car,” Mr Clarke said.
Mr Weber said that it was horrifying to think what would happen if these wheels were on a family car that hit a pothole at highway speeds.
“You would have had an absolute tragedy if this breakage happened with a family on board at highway speeds. And the truth is these wheels could very well be on a family car on Australian roads – when we bought these wheels we discovered they were part of a larger shipment so there are more dangerous wheels exactly like this in the country, and possibly already on cars.
“And think about this, once they are on a car and then that car is sold second-hand, how would the new owner know or even suspect that these were dangerous fake wheels?”
Mr Weber said the decision was made to highlight wheels through this test because they are a common and easy part of a vehicle for car owners to change.
“Wheels are such a popular part for consumers to replace, whether it’s to make their car look sportier or to personalise it. But what people need to remember is that while different wheels change the look, they could also change the car’s safety performance,” Mr Weber said.
“And this is more than just about wheels – your car is built with genuine parts. Genuine parts are tested by the maker of your car for quality and safety. So when it comes to replacing any of them it’s vital to do so with a genuine part.
“Just recently we had the oil filter and airbag cable alerts – the Australian automotive industry is in a constant battle with counterfeiters and their potentially dangerous parts.
“We are urging Australians – please don’t risk it. It might be tempting to buy a set of cheap imitation wheels but don’t be conned – it’s not worth it. The way you can be totally sure you’re getting a genuine part is to buy it through the vehicle maker’s authorised supply chain.”


The goal of this test was to compare the performance of genuine versus non-genuine rims in a controlled test environment simulating typical Australian road conditions.
The fake wheels chosen for the test were imitations of a Mercedes-AMG multispoke wheel seen on CLA 45 AMG, A45 AMG and C63 AMG models.
The fake wheel size was 19×8-inch with a 5x112mm stud pattern – the same as the genuine CLA 45 AMG wheel. While the fake wheel’s 43mm offset was 5mm less than that of the genuine CLA 45 AMG wheel, engineers from Mercedes-Benz and Holden agreed this difference would not affect test results.
Initial analysis of the wheels indicated that they were cast from a mould of a previous generation C63 AMG wheel, complete with Mercedes-Benz identification codes.
Weighing 12.77kg the fake wheels were 0.46kg heavier than the genuine C63 AMG wheel they were likely cast off and 0.35kg lighter than the genuine CLA 45 AMG multispoke wheel.
The fake wheels were found to be only slightly unbalanced.
Genuine and non-genuine wheels were fitted with a control tyre for the test. This was the same tyre Mercedes-Benz fits as standard to its Mercedes-AMG wheels – in this case a Continental ContisportContact in 235/35 ZR 19 size.
Four sets of the fake wheels were purchased through an Australian-based online store. The wheels were advertised for sale as new and suitable for a CLA 45 AMG.
Mercedes-Benz provided a CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake vehicle for the test. The driver was the only occupant in the vehicle for each run of the test. Apart from the driver the vehicle was unladen. The vehicle was fitted with calibrated GPS measuring equipment to accurately determine and record the vehicle’s speed.
People involved
Overseeing the test was Holden’s Lang Lang Proving Ground Vehicle Safety Manager who was assisted by the proving ground and test lab’s engineering manager and a specialist engineer.
From Mercedes-Benz Australia there was a senior engineer for engineering, certification and testing and a technical support manager.
Behind the wheel of the vehicle was a Holden test driver.
General Motors Holden’s Proving Ground at Lang Lang was used for the test. The proving ground’s Pothole No.3 is a specially calibrated steel well with a gentle sloping entry and steep exit slope to replicate a pothole a driver could encounter in real-world Australian road conditions. In the test only the wheels on the right-hand side of the vehicle ran over the pothole.
The following table shows the damage to the front right wheel after each run though the pothole test. A new wheel was used for each run.






50 km/h


Major damage, section of rim broken off – approx. 100mm (impact between spokes)


50 km/h


No visible damage (impact at spoke)


50 km/h


No visible damage (impact at spoke)


50 km/h


No visible damage (impact at spoke)


50 km/h


Major damage, section of rim broken off – approx. 100mm (impact at spoke)


50 km/h


No visible damage to rim (impact at spoke)


50 km/h


No visible damage to rim (impact between spokes)

The pot hole test clearly demonstrated that the fake wheels were unable to match the stress tolerances of the genuine wheels at 50km/h.
At just 50km/h the fake wheels broke on impact while the genuine wheels remained visibly undamaged.
“It should be noted that the vehicle impact speed in the pothole testing was 50km/h and the vehicle was almost at its lowest possible mass. In many real-world driving situations the vehicle could be travelling at both a higher speed and loaded to a higher mass. In these higher energy scenarios the structural performance of the fake wheel would be expected to be even lower than that observed in our testing,” GM Holden Vehicle Safety Manager.

Mercedes at Motorclassica Melbourne: Maybach S600

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Melbourne – Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific unveiled the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class at the official opening of the Australian International Concours D’Elegance at Motorclassica in Melbourne.

Expanding the line-up of the flagship S-Class range, the Mercedes-Maybach     S 600 epitomises effortless superiority combined with trend-setting exclusivity. The vehicle makes automotive luxury come alive by perfecting design and technology down to the last detail. The latest dream car represents a change in thinking. Mercedes-Benz has established Maybach as a sub-brand, embodying the ultimate in modern luxury that is sure to take your breath away.

Mercedes-Benz returns to Motorclassica with an array of classic and contemporary vehicles including the Mercedes-AMG GT S, S-Class Coupe, G 63 AMG and a 1967 Mercedes-Benz 600 Grosser. Mercedes-Benz will also continue a tradition with Motorclassica for its third year to unveil the new world leader in Modern luxury. Having presented the S-Class Saloon in 2013, the S-Class Coupe in 2014, and this year unveiling the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, we can be assured that Mercedes-Benz is leading the way in effortless design and sophistication.

“Motorclassica is the perfect platform to display our latest vehicles while looking back to our past” said Horst Von Sanden, CEO Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific and Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars. “We invite our Mercedes-Benz customers, friends and car enthusiasts to visit our display at Motorclassica 2015.”

Mercedes-Benz will also display the exciting SL Mille Miglia Special Edition for the first time in Australia. The special edition commemorates the 60th anniversary of the victory of a 300 SL in the production sports cars class at the 1955 “Mille Miglia”, one of the world’s most challenging long-distance races. The SL 500 Mille Miglia adds distinctive new features including red exterior highlights and fine materials in the exclusively appointed interior while providing a unique experience that combines the maximum comfort and motor racing spirit that traditionally characterises every SL.

Mercedes-Maybach S 600
Leading the way in automotive development and luxury, the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is an icon of breath-taking elegance, embodying stylistically self-assured presence, exclusive appointments and refined comfort. The crown jewel in the S-Class range defines the pinnacle of automotive luxury and engineering in a host of technical disciplines such as safety, efficiency, climate control, and noise characteristics. In the rear, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is also the world’s quietest production saloon car. The Mercedes-Maybach now sets a new superior benchmark in the luxury car segment.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is powered by a V12 biturbo engine has an output of 390 kW. With a displacement of 5980 cc, the maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1900 rpm. At 5453 mm long and with a wheelbase of 3365 mm, the Mercedes-Maybach is 20 cm larger in both dimensions than the S-Class Saloon with long wheelbase.

Mercedes-Maybach: a new sub-brand offering peerless exclusivity
The Mercedes-Maybach S-Class melds the perfection of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class with the exclusivity of Maybach. Mercedes-Maybach motor cars epitomise peerless exclusivity. Some of the features that distinguish these vehicles from production models include extra spaciousness with lavishly designed, prestigious interiors offering extensive scope for individualisation. As a result, the cars fulfil the requirements of even the most discerning customers worldwide.

Mercedes-Maybach is not an equipment line – it is a sub-brand that in future will provide Mercedes-Benz vehicles in an even more exclusive form. Alongside Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach is thus the second sub-brand in the Mercedes-Benz brand world. Providing both prestige and exclusivity, it is aimed at customers for whom status is important.

The Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is now available to order. The manufacturer’s recommended list price is as follows:

  • Mercedes-Maybach S 600 – $448,610 (MRLP)

PLEASE NOTE: The price detailed in this document is the current Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price (MRLP) for the Mercedes-Maybach S 600.

The MRLP includes GST and any LCT applicable to the base / standard specification model but EXCLUDES DEALER DELIVERY AND ALL ON ROAD COSTS such as, for example, registration fees, stamp duty, CTP and the like.
•The attached pricing is an MRLP
•That the MRLP excludes on-road costs and dealer delivery, and
•For drive away price information, consumers should contact dealers

Whilst we are unable to provide drive away pricing due to the wide variation in on-road costs between states and territories, and the different ranges of dealer delivery imposed by dealers, we encourage you to contact one of our authorised Mercedes-Benz passenger car dealers in order to obtain relevant and accurate drive away information for your specific audience.

AMA and ANCAP call for new technology to be standard features in Australian cars to save lives


Launch of ‘Avoid the crash, Avoid the trauma’ campaign

The Australian Medical Association (AMA) and Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) have joined forces to lobby governments and car industry leaders to embrace new technology – starting with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) – and make it standard in all new cars sold in Australia.

AEB is an advanced driver assistance technology that is proven to reduce the number and severity of vehicle crashes and associated trauma. AEB systems use camera and sensor technology to detect the speed and distance of objects in the vehicle’s path, and automatically brake if the driver does not respond.

Launching the ‘Avoid the crash, Avoid the trauma’ campaign at Parliament House in Canberra today, AMA President, Professor Brian Owler, called on politicians, the car industry, and all road users to join the push for adoption of new technologies such as AEB to make cars safer and save lives.

Professor Owler, a leading Sydney neurosurgeon and face of the successful NSW Government ‘Don’t Rush’ road safety campaign, said road trauma is avoidable.

“The key is making cars safer, and educating drivers about the risks of speeding and careless driving,” Professor Owler said.

“Too often, I see the horrific injuries and loss of life caused by road crashes when drivers get it wrong.

“Prevention is far better than the cure – if we avoid the crash, we avoid the trauma.

“Road safety and public health go hand in hand. Road trauma has an enormous impact on the lives of everyday Australians and our health system.

“We must do all we can to eliminate it, and governments have an important role to play, especially in working with the car industry to make cars safer, preferably by making life-saving technology like AEB standard features in all new cars.

“The safest cars should be in reach of all Australian drivers.

“Vehicle technologies such as AEB can help reduce road trauma at a much faster rate than we are seeing now.”

ANCAP Chief Executive Officer, Nicholas Clarke, said that new cars available in Europe, Japan and the United States are seeing AEB fitted as standard, while in Australia, it is either a costly option or not offered. Similar progress is being made with large trucks.

“AEB is a technology that will reduce the number of deaths and injuries from road crashes,” Mr Clarke said.

“While the number of people killed on Australia’s roads is declining, road crashes are still unnecessarily killing around 1,200 people every year. Technology like AEB will go a long way towards reducing the number of fatalities,” Mr Clarke said.

The AMA and ANCAP are calling on the Australian Government to help make AEB a reality in all new cars sold in Australia by:

  • redirecting car manufacturer subsidies into programs that will facilitate the faster introduction of AEB;
  • supporting a nationwide AEB consumer awareness program;
  • updating its fleet purchasing policy to include AEB;
  • appointing a dedicated Road Safety Minister; and
  • putting pressure on manufacturers to include AEB as a standard feature on all new cars.

Key facts:

  • 80,000 Australian lives have been saved due to improvements in road safety since the 1970s. Technologies like AEB could be as effective as seatbelts in saving lives.
  • AEB systems have shown to reduce rear-end crashes by more than 38%.
  • 90 per cent of crashes involve some form of human error. Automated technologies such as AEB assist by removing that human element, and as a result, reduce road crashes and associated trauma.
  • Road trauma costs the Australian community an estimated $27 billion per annum – $70 million per day (equivalent to the Defence budget).