June 28th, 2015 by Robert Barry
Many years ago when I was a youngster, a music video with Olivia Newton-John used to play on the television that featured the Australian singer driving a silver Mercedes-Benz convertible.
Now I can’t remember the name of the song, but the image of the sleek looking silver-grey Mercedes-Benz convertible with the three pointed star badge taking pride of place on the bonnet has never left my consciousness. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2015 E 250 Night Edition Cabriolet review” »
April 29th, 2015 by Robert Barry
There are many people who still prefer a traditional estate to an SUV in the premium executive sector hence Mercedes-Benz have offered such a variant in the C-Class range since it first appeared in global markets in 1993. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2015 C 200 Estate review” »
February 4th, 2015 by Robert Barry
It is becoming more and more common in the premium sedan market for manufacturers to offer a limited production model with extra specification and equipment for the same price as the normal standard car. BMW is a master of the limited edition model with umpteen thousand dollars of added value at no extra cost, and now Mercedes-Benz has jumped on the bandwagon. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 E250 Special Edition review” »
October 13th, 2014 by Robert Barry
The luxury flagship of Mercedes-Benz has always introduced greater levels of comfort, safety and sophistication through each new generation, and the new S Class is no exception.
My first introduction to the S Class occurred when I was a spotty-faced teenager, my athletic coach Kevin Taylor owned a first-generation W116 series 280S sedan as his daily driver, and I was smitten by the build quality and design detail that this car offered.
Even though by todays standards it was relatively sparsely equipped, central locking, a factory stereo, electric steel sliding sunroof and power steering were about the few luxury items. It certainly didn’t have air conditioning or electric windows. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 S 500 sedan” »
September 22nd, 2014 by Robert Barry
A few months ago we drove the CLA 45 AMG 4Matic (read review here) and were thoroughly impressed with its ability, but we felt the terrier-like nature of the car could become tiresome for some consumers.
Enter stage left the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic, which we found was an equally well equipped and entertaining drive, but a vehicle that’s much less frenetic than its AMG sibling, and one that we feel would be a more comfortable day to day proposition for people commuting into the office or doing the school run. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLA 250 Sport 4Matic review” »
August 13th, 2014 by Robert Barry
What is a shooting brake you ask? Thats a very good question.
According to the all-knowing Wikipedia, the term shooting-brake originated in the 19th century, and was used to describe a particular style of motor-vehicle that carried shooting parties, their equipment, and their game.
Wikipedia says the term brake was coined to describe a chassis used to break in horses, and was subsequently used to describe a motor-vehicle.
Early 19th century shooting brakes were often custom built to order for their wealthy clients, normally members of the British aristocracy. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 CLS 250 CDI Shooting Brake” »
July 13th, 2014 by Robert Barry
It was ironic that Mercedes-Benz held its Australasian media launch of the new all-wheel-drive CLA 250 Sport 4Matic and GLA 250 4Matic models during one of the worse winter storms to hit the North Island in July.
However, this didn’t dampen the driving experience, rather it was the perfect weather to put the new 4Matic system of both the sexy-looking coupe-like CLA sedan and the compact GLA SUV to the acid test. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: All-wheel-drive GLA and CLA models arrive” »
May 22nd, 2014 by Robert Barry
When swapping over from the CLA 45 AMG reviewed on Car and SUV last week, to the new C 63 AMG Edition 507 pictured here, I posted a picture of the two cars side by side on my personal Facebook page, and the caption read, “from the sublime to the ridiculous”.
The reality is, I was wrong, it was actually the other way around. Continue reading “Mercedes-Benz: 2014 C 63 AMG Edition 507 review” »