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This rugged and pricey Merc offroader needs no redesign

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Derived from a military vehicle, the US$115,400 G-Class offroader is a lesson in how ignoring trends can pay dividends.

Frankfurt

MERCEDES-Benz's G-Class is about as sleek as a snow plough, costs more than twice the average US household income and hasn't had a redesign since its introduction in 1979 - and sales are higher than ever.

Deliveries of the box-shaped car tripled in the past five years to

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