Mercedes S550: Reigning flagship
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As the reviewer from Car & Driver pointed out, the new S-class has features you never knew you needed, like two gear ratios for reverse, a hot stone massage setting for the rear seats, and high-strength air conditioning specially for North American customers. The price of leadership is steep -- just short of six figures. But then thinking ahead for its customers is what keeps Mercedes at the head of the prestige pack: Sales of the outgoing model were actually higher during the past six months than they were in 2012.

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