Autos: Mercedes Bends

Mercedes Bends

A favorite car of fat cats now seems to be suffering from a weight problem of its own. Mercedes-Benz heralded its new "S-class" autos as "the best cars in the world" when they were launched in March, a pointed dig at newly arrived Japanese rivals in the luxury market. But the S-class dream car has collided with the no-kidding-around standards of the German government, which require car companies to declare the "gross weight" of their models in actual use. Auto Motor und Sport, an industry magazine based in Stuttgart, pointed out that when a Mercedes 300SE is loaded with such hefty...

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