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Mercedes' G-Class makes the money for its e-cars

Model's first makeover since late '70s shows some softer touches, but it's still more warrior than eco-warrior

A new-model G-Class during its debut at the Detroit auto show on Jan 14. With no specific plans yet for an electric or hybrid version, analysts believe the strategy behind the revamp is to maintain the vehicle's role as a cash cow to pay for investments in electric cars.


IN THE first revamp of the G-Class since the rugged sport utility vehicle's introduction nearly four decades ago, Mercedes-Benz took the approach that if it ain't broke, don't fix it. 

There's a special "G" mode for offroad driving and a large flat screen. But aside from...

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