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Merc spruces up new SA-bound B-Class

2014-09-15 14:26

Mercedes-Benz has spruced its second-generation B-Class with a major facelift including exterior and interior tweaks. It arrives in South Africa in 2015. Check out the new B-Class in our gallery!

Badstuber faces more surgery

2014-09-15 05:00

Bayern Munich's defender Holger Badstuber faces another lengthy period on the sidelines because he needs an operation.

Iran: West must drop 'illogical' nuclear demands

2014-09-11 17:42

Iran says world powers should abandon their “illogical demands” over its nuclear programme, ahead of talks to try to bridge wide differences in positions and end the decade-old dispute.

Super-frugal S500 Hybrid: 2.8 litres/100

2014-09-10 13:06

Mercedes-Benz says their new S500 hybrid has the performance of an eight-cylinder - but the fuel frugality of a four-cylinder.

Audi ups the voltage

2014-09-10 10:41

Audi is upping the ante with 48V electrical systems which will be incorporated into future production models to make them cleaner and more efficient.

No new debt for Germany in 2015

2014-09-09 14:45

Germany will not take on new debt next year for the first time since 1969, underlining the robustness of the country's finances.

Strike brings German trains to a halt

2014-09-06 15:59

A strike by train drivers in Germany demanding a pay increase has disrupted around a thousand long-distance, regional and commuter trains, operator Deutsche Bahn says.

Lufthansa on strike - 200 flights cancelled

2014-09-05 19:51

Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike for six hours forcing the cancellation of more than 200 scheduled flights and disrupting travel for 25 000 passengers.

German industry orders raise hope on crisis

2014-09-04 16:10

German industrial orders have risen at their strongest rate in over a year, raising hopes that Europe's biggest economy may weather the crisis in Ukraine.

Uber told it's banned from the 'bahn

2014-09-02 14:15

Uber, the smartphone-operated car service which recently opened in South Africa, has now been uber-banned in Germany - even from the autobahn - on penalty of a R3.5m fine.

WRC: Hyundai to run 3 cars in France, Spain

2014-09-02 09:36

Hyundai has announced a three-car approach for the French and Spanish rounds of the 2014 World Rally championship.

Bavarian bakers threaten pretzel shortage during Oktoberfest

2014-08-31 22:22

Bakers in Bavaria are threatening to go on strike during Germany's famed Oktoberfest over a pay dispute, depriving beer festival-goers of their traditional salty pretzel accompaniment.

German pay rises at fastest rate in over a year

2014-08-29 17:45

The pay of about 19 million German workers covered by collective wage agreements has risen at the fastest rate in more than a year in the second quarter.

Lufthansa pilots to strike again

2014-08-28 16:45

Lufthansa says talks with pilots over an early retirement scheme have ended without an agreement, leading to a strike that will affect thousands of travellers.

Cities mock bus-lane permit for Porsches

2014-08-28 08:10

German cities are opposed to government plans to allow all-electric and hybrid cars to use bus lanes in urban areas. And seem to have a darn good reason for doing so...

Uber eyes aggressive expansion despite bans

2014-08-27 12:05

Car service Uber is planning an aggressive expansion in Germany despite a backlash from cities like Berlin and Hamburg, which have questioned its right to operate in highly-regulated markets dominated by traditional taxis.

Metering device helps shame heavy shower users

2014-08-26 08:00

A polar-bear figure that seems to melt when a bathroom user has spent too much time in the shower could help cut consumption of water and energy, researchers at Bamberg University argue.

Next KTM for SA: Super Adventure for '15

2014-08-25 12:28

KTM, winner of the 2014 SA Bike of the Year title, will boost its Adventure bike range as it confirms the new 1290 Super Adventure will arrive locally in 2015.

German kidnapped by IS released in Syria

2014-08-24 14:18

A 27-year-old German kidnapped in Syria by militants from the Islamic State around a year ago has been released, according to the Sunday newspaper Welt am Sonntag.

Merkel presses Russia on peace with Ukraine

2014-08-23 16:08

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, on her first visit to Ukraine since the crisis there erupted early this year, has pressed Moscow to engage on a peace plan with Kiev.

German cop in dock over cannibal killing

2014-08-23 05:00

A German police officer has gone on trial accused of murdering a willing victim he met on a website for cannibalism fetishists so he could make a grisly pornographic home video.

Europe launches 2 satellites

2014-08-22 21:35

The European Space Agency has launched two satellites for its Galileo navigation system, hoping for greater precision.

New Nurburgring boss misses pay date

2014-08-22 09:05

The Nurburgring circuit sale has hit a fork in the road. Will the sale still go ahead as the new owner misses the pay date?

 

IS 'member' on trial in Germany

2014-09-15 12:41

A 20-year-old German man has gone on trial in Frankfurt on charges for being a member of the extremist Islamic State group, the first such case to come to court in Germany.

New Russia sanctions to be implemented: Merkel

2014-09-10 16:30

The European Union should go ahead with the announcement of new economic sanctions against Russia, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged.

VIDEO UPDATE: Mercedes-AMG unveils its GT

2014-09-10 10:52

Do you want racetrack performance in an everyday car? Well Mercedes has unveiled its its solution in the form of its 911 fighter, the GT. Here's everything you need to know plus our awesome gallery and video!

Blast rocks chemical waste plant in Germany

2014-09-10 09:16

An explosion has rocked a chemical waste facility near Bremen in northwestern Germany, injuring several people, police say.

IMF's Lagarde urges Germany to spend more

2014-09-08 12:30

IMF head Christine Lagarde has urged Germany to increase investments to help spur the eurozone's flagging economic recovery.

Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

2014-09-06 14:06

Chancellor Angela Merkel says she would do everything she could to fight anti-Semitism in Germany, amid reports of attacks and a spike in anti-Israel sentiment since the Gaza conflict.

German rail union calls nationwide strike

2014-09-05 18:45

The German rail workers' union GDL says train drivers would hold another token strike nationwide to back their demands for higher wages and a shorter work week.

Fruit must keep Russian food embargo at bay

2014-09-02 16:00

Europeans should eat more fruit and vegetables to remedy the impact of Russian restrictions on food imports from the West, says Germany's agriculture minister.

Uber vows to appeal court injunction

2014-09-02 11:43

US-designed smartphone application Uber, that connects passengers with cars for hire, has been blocked from operation in Germany by a court injunction.

German rail union calls three-hour strike

2014-09-01 10:00

The german rail workers' union has called a three-hour strike to put pressure on state-controlled rail operator Deutsche Bahn in a pay dispute.

Poland's Tusk, Italy's Mogherini get EU top jobs

2014-08-31 07:32

European leaders have named Polish Premier Donald Tusk the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head its diplomatic service as the bloc faces a series of challenges.

Germanwings pilots strike

2014-08-29 17:00

Pilots at Lufthansa's budget carrier Germanwings have staged a six-hour strike disrupting travel plans of thousands of people returning from summer holidays.

Formula E to have hybrid Beemer pace car

2014-08-28 08:10

BMW's i8 hybrid sports car will be the safety/pace car for the first Formula E race in Beijing on September 13 2014. SA will have to wait later in 2014 for the i8.

German consumer confidence falls

2014-08-27 15:31

Global tensions have resulted in economic expectations in Germany plunging at their fastest pace for more than three decades in August.

Ebola WHO employee will be flown to Hamburg

2014-08-27 11:16

An employee of the World Health Organisation who contracted Ebola in Sierra Leone will be flown to the German city of Hamburg for treatment, a spokesperson for the city says.

French govt dissolved amid feud, stagnant economy

2014-08-25 14:43

French President Francois Hollande has dissolved the government after an open feud in his Cabinet over the country's stagnant economy.

Neuville, Hyundai scoop first WRC win

2014-08-25 08:35

Volkswagen's Sebastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala's crashes in the 2014 Rally of Germany paved the way for Hyundai's Thierry Neuville to win his first WRC event .

Ukraine: Won't sacrifice sovereignty for peace

2014-08-23 18:46

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says that Kiev will not sacrifice its sovereignty for peace, following talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

German vice chancellor urges 'federal' Ukraine

2014-08-23 12:00

Germany's vice chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, says establishing a federal Ukraine will be the only viable solution to the crisis pitting Kiev against pro-Russian separatists.

Cardiologists accused of jumping queue

2014-08-22 21:38

German cardiologists may face attempted manslaughter charges if it is proved they jumped queues to get transplant hearts for their patients.

German man evicted for squeaky swing set sex prop

2014-08-22 14:05

A German court says a landlady is within her rights to evict a man for persistently using a squeaky swing set in his apartment late at night as a sex prop.

BMW's Family Tourer: New MPV to seat 7

2014-08-22 08:15

BMW isn’t done with front-wheel drive family-orientated models just yet as spy images reveal a new variant of its 2 Series Active Tourer. Check out the seven-seat 2 Series Family Tourer!

Snoozing passengers make drivers drowsy?

2014-08-21 07:45

Car passengers should try their best to stay awake during long car journeys or risk making the driver feel drowsy too, a German professor warns.

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