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Hey all,

I'm Jason, Jase, Jay from Sydney Australia 33.8688° S, 151.2093° E
I bought a CLA200 MY15 and my wife got a MY15 B200. They both share the same powerplant and I want to learn more about this humble 1.6T and see if I can find ways to tweak it to extract a bit more power with tuning and Tuner boxes.

Hope to hear some of your stories as well.
 

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Welcome!

My hat's off to both of you, managing to drive such hot cars not only on the wrong side of the road but also upside down.
 

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Welcome!

My hat's off to both of you, managing to drive such hot cars not only on the wrong side of the road but also upside down.
Haa thanks. I believe we may pay more for our vehicles than we should due to the travel distance for the beast to arrive here.
 

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Haa thanks. I believe we may pay more for our vehicles than we should due to the travel distance for the beast to arrive here.
That may, or may not, be accurate, and it is easy to check. There is an entry on every invoice, or window sticker, or even in the advertising, that lists. a figure for freight or transportation. It is the same for all the cars the manufacturer makes, and is country specific. Here in the USA, I believe it is currently about $950. This is an average figure since it would be difficult to calculate an exact number. For example, it obviously costs MB more to ship a car to California than it would to New York. So, all the cars shipped down under will have the same freight, specific to Australia. It might be more than what it costs to ship elsewhere, but it will not affect the actual price of the car. Those price differences are the result of the monetary exchange rate between your currency and the German mark. We see a lot of posts from our Canadian members who seem to pay outrageous amounts for their CLAs. Also your government mandated equipment could influence the list price.
All of this might be a bit simplified, but I hope it helps
 
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Haa thanks. I believe we may pay more for our vehicles than we should due to the travel distance for the beast to arrive here.
Respectfully, it's A LOT more than just the distance of travel to get there. Yes, it's often longer when we're talking about Europe but the distance from Japan to the US (especially the East Coast) is far worse than traveling from Japan to Australia. Cars in Australia often cost multiples of what they would cost in the US and that's not just the cost of shipping fuel. It's actually amazing to me that so many people in Australia can justify buying anything more than a Toyota Corolla. lol

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Australians are accustomed to paying a lot more to import cars because there used to be what amounted to an almost 100% tariff on foreign cars in order to protect Holden, the only Australian carmaker. Those tariffs are lower now (they were at 57.5% in the 1980s), but additional charges and fees add up:

Luxury vehicle: You wish to bring in a car valued at $70,000 by Australian Customs.

Duty = 10% of 70,000 = $7,000
GST is calculated on $77,000 (value + duty) = $7,700
Total value of car subject to LCT = $70,000 (value) + $7,000 (Duty) + $7,700 (GST) = $84,700
Luxury Car Tax payable on: $84,700 (Total value) - $57,466 (Allowance) = $27,234.
Luxury Car Tax is 33% of $27,234 = $8,987.

So, your total charges are: $7,000 (Duty) + $7,700 (GST) + $8,987 (LCT) = $23,687.

Summary for Luxury Vehicle Import Fees:

Value = $70,000
Duty = $7,000
GST=$7,7000
LCT = $8,987
Total Cost to Import = $23,687
 

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And why us Aussies are still buying these cars luxury cars...

These figures are still mine boggling.

Thanks for that

Australians are accustomed to paying a lot more to import cars because there used to be what amounted to an almost 100% tariff on foreign cars in order to protect Holden, the only Australian carmaker. Those tariffs are lower now (they were at 57.5% in the 1980s), but additional charges and fees add up:

Luxury vehicle: You wish to bring in a car valued at $70,000 by Australian Customs.

Duty = 10% of 70,000 = $7,000
GST is calculated on $77,000 (value + duty) = $7,700
Total value of car subject to LCT = $70,000 (value) + $7,000 (Duty) + $7,700 (GST) = $84,700
Luxury Car Tax payable on: $84,700 (Total value) - $57,466 (Allowance) = $27,234.
Luxury Car Tax is 33% of $27,234 = $8,987.

So, your total charges are: $7,000 (Duty) + $7,700 (GST) + $8,987 (LCT) = $23,687.

Summary for Luxury Vehicle Import Fees:

Value = $70,000
Duty = $7,000
GST=$7,7000
LCT = $8,987
Total Cost to Import = $23,687
 
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