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2013 Mercedes G-class
2013 Mercedes G-class
The competition: ???

With the lines of a picnic cooler and the aerodynamics of a brick, the G-class SUV is in a class by itself. The one-time military vehicle adapted for civilian use further distances itself from non-existent competition for 2013 with new electronics, a center stack command center, and upgrades to the interior trim. No change will be made to the iconic straight lines and sharp corners. Whether cruising the Malibu Colony or the Hamptons in August, you won't see anything like it.

Advantage: The one and only

By Alex Taylor III, senior editor-at-large @FortuneMagazine - Last updated August 01 2012: 5:45 AM ET
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The midyear in autos: 10 ups and downs

As the old philosopher said - no good deed goes unpunished. Here's a roundup of this year's car news highlights so far, along with their companion lows.

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