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Three years ago, Datong Yang and Guifang Huo purchased a brand new Mercedes-Benz S-Class for $160,000. What the couple didn’t expect for a car of that price, or any car for that matter, was for the steering wheel to seize up on multiple occasions before the vehicle was even a year old.

As reported by the Vancouver Sun, Huo bought the S550 new in 2017, and the couple drove it for about 6,500 km (4039 miles) before the issue first occurred. It has now been sitting parked since April 2018.

Less than a year after buying it, the steering wheel seized up while they were driving, but the Mercedes-Benz Richmond dealer allegedly said they could find nothing wrong. The court documents, on the other hand, claim the dealer failed to adequately repair the vehicle.

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While the car isn’t on any recall lists in Canada, Mercedes had recalled a number of vehicles in the United States for steering problems, including S-Class models built between 2015 and 2019. The recall description mentioned a transistor in the steering system that has a chance of overheating, resulting in a loss of power steering. The report said that Mercedes-Benz USA was to notify owners, inspect the steering components, and “replace it as necessary, free of charge.”

However, Yang said their local Mercedes dealership in Richmond suggested the couple either continue to drive the car, or sell it. But Yang said he doesn’t want to drive it, because he fears the steering might seize again, but he also feels he can’t sell it as-is, because that would just pass the same problem on to the new owners.

He then decided to reach out to Mercedes’ headquarters in Germany, who told him the vehicle should be recalled and repaired.

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In early 2019, the couple filed a lawsuit in the British Columbia Supreme Court against Mercedes-Benz Canada for unspecified damages, one being the loss of enjoyment of the vehicle. The lawsuit has yet to go to trial, but Yang said it was important to him to have the issue inspected and fixed, not only for his family’s safety, but for the safety of other owners as well.

Yang says he’s mainly doing it for a good cause, so the problem gets solved before someone gets hurt. However, he says Mercedes-Benz Canada is unfortunately trying to avoid taking responsibility for the issue, denying and/or delaying everything they can.


Shortly after abandoning plans for an Indian joint venture with Mahindra, Ford has announced they’re restructuring their South American operations.

The big news is the closure of the Camaçari, Taubaté and Troller plants in Brazil.

Main production at the Camaçari and Taubaté plants will “cease immediately,” although some parts production will continue for a few months to build up inventories for aftermarket sales. The Troller plant in Horizonte will close in the fourth quarter and the moves mean the company will no longer sell the EcoSport, Ka and T4 once inventories are sold out.

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Ford didn’t say how many jobs will be affected, but the Camaçari plant employed approximately 4,600 people. Likewise, roughly 1,370 people worked at the Taubaté engine plant.

The move is pretty drastic, but Ford noted the “COVID-19 pandemic amplifies persistent industry idle capacity and slow sales that have resulted in years of significant losses.” The automaker also said they’re not abandoning Brazil as they will maintain their product development center in Bahia, proving ground in Tatuí as well as their regional headquarters in São Paulo.

In a statement, Ford CEO Jim Farley said “With more than a century in South America and Brazil, we know these are very difficult, but necessary, actions to create a healthy and sustainable business.” He added, “We are moving to a lean, asset-light business model by ceasing production in Brazil and serving customers with some of the best and most exciting vehicles in our global portfolio.”

Speaking of the latter, Ford said Brazil will receive the Bronco and Mustang Mach 1 as well as the new Transit and Ranger pickup. Ford went on to say they’re planning to “accelerate the introduction of several new connected and electrified models.”

Ford is taking a roughly $4.1 (£3.0 / €3.3) billion hit from the move including around $2.5 (£1.8 / €2.0) billion in cash that will be used for separation, termination and settlement agreements as well as other payments.

The Mercedes EQS is getting all the attention, but the company is getting ready to pull the wraps off the all-new EQA.

Spotted undergoing testing with minimal disguise, the EQA is essentially an electric version of the GLA.

As a result, the EQA has a familiar design and a handful of special touches which distinguish it from the GLA. The most noticeable change is a fully enclosed grille which features illuminated accents. The model also adopts a slightly revised front bumper, but the AMG Line variant remains pretty faithful to its GLA counterpart.

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Additional changes are limited, but the model has been equipped with a unique rear bumper which features vents that are surrounded by chrome trim. The crossover also has an electric charging port on the passenger side as well as what could be EQA badging near the A-pillar.

Mercedes has been teasing the EQA for nearly a year and previous reports have suggested it was supposed to be launched in 2020. However, the model was reportedly delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic and is now expected to debut in the next few months.

The exact timing remains a mystery as does the crossover’s powertrain options. However, reports have suggested we can expect multiple battery packs with capacities ranging from 60 to 110 kWh. They will reportedly enable the model to have a range of at least 248 miles (400 km) on a single charge.

The EQA is also slated to be offered with multiple electric motors as well as an optional all-wheel drive system. Specifications are elusive, but the crossover could have outputs of 201 hp (150 kW / 204 PS), 268 hp (200 kW / 272 PS) and 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS).

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