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Civilian Mercedes-Benz G-Class turns 40

This year marks 40 years since the original Mercedes-Benz G-Class made its debut, and the brand told the story of its inception on Wednesday to mark the occasion. Originally, the G Wagon, or Gelandewagen, was conceived as a military vehicle. However, Mercedes-Benz and the Austrian firm Steyr-Daimler-Puch began discussions about a civilian version of the SUV as early as 1969. In 1971, the two companies began to grow closer to collaboration, and by 1972, they agreed to cooperate and build an SUV of “uncompromising off-road and on-road capability,” per a…

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2019 Acura NSX, 2020 Ford Super Duty, 2020 Chevrolet Silverado HD: This Week’s Top Photos

We slid behind the wheel of the 2019 Acura NSX supercar for a first drive review. With a tweaked front bumper, more standard features, a better audio system, and a new base tire spec, the NSX is a benchmark in the race to an electrified performance future. 2019 Ram 1500 Multifunction Tailgate, 2019 Chicago Auto Show Ram introduced a Multifunction Tailgate at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. The 60/40-split tailgate can open normally or swing open like a barn door to give truck owners easier access to load large, heavy…

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2020 BMW 7-Series and its gaping grille starts at $87,445

The 2020 BMW 7-Series and its massive maw will cost $87,445, including a $995 destination fee, to start when it arrives at dealerships later this year. The revamped full-size luxury sedan will do its best to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which outsold the 7-Series by a wide margin last year: 14,978 to 8,271. The $87,445 figure is for the base 740i model. Power comes from a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 that makes 335 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque, all of which flows to the rear wheels. Selecting the 740i…

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Lexus launches subscription service, limited to UX crossover

Select Lexus dealers now offer the brand’s new “Lexus Complete Lease” subscription program. Announced Tuesday, the program rivals other subscription programs from competitors such as Volvo, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz. Yet, Lexus’ offering veers more on the side of leasing with benefits than a true subscription model. Unlike other programs, Lexus will not, for example, let drivers swap into another vehicle during the subscription period. In fact, the luxury brand didn’t use the word “subscription” once in its announcement. What Lexus Complete Lease does provide is the core for perhaps an…

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