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Revisit 1973's Low Pollution Power Systems Development exhibit with this stylish gallery

By Danny King

First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development

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Going into October 1973, the country’s Number One song was “We’re An American Band” from Flint, MI’s own Grand Funk. In nearby Ann Arbor, some folks were putting their own uniquely American spin on the alt-fuel vehicle, and we’ve got the pictures to prove it.

Thanks to a Flickr find by Green Car Reports of images from the the US National Archives, we offer glimpses from the First Symposium on Low Pollution Power Systems Development exhibition, as photographed by Frank Lodge. The pictures show off a bunch of electric vehicles in varying shapes and sizes. Fords, AMCs and a few other odd-shaped vehicles got the EV treatment. We don’t know how far these beasts went on a full charge, or whether they included eight-track machines, but we do know that there was some real style in the clothing choices of the drivers. See for yourself in the gallery. Styling.

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First Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class [w/video]

By Matt Davis

2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class - front three-quarter view, silver

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Three-Pointed Star’s Cash Cow Gets Significant Updo

On sale since 2009, with some enhancements already done in early 2011, the eighth-generation W/S 212 Mercedes-Benz E-Class has once again been put under the knife to stay in step with the automaker’s never-ending desire to be the world’s Number One purveyor of premium motors. Whereas the smaller C-Class is the best-seller worldwide for Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class pulls in oceans of dough per sale, also at immense volumes.

Beyond a reworking of the overall engine strategy in this second midlife massage, a majority of the E-Class’ exterior panels have been redesigned. Additionally, many of the assistance systems to be offered on the next S-Class are being introduced to the E-Class segment for the first time. Occasionally, these sorts of comprehensive refreshes nearly create a new generation of the car, and this freshened E-Class comes damned close to that.

While Mercedes-Benz wants to talk a lot about the new engine lineup and the S-Class-style convenience and safety systems, we were struck immediately by the redesign. Frankly, to our eyes, these past few years of the Mercedes family look could have used a little more finesse and less knife-slice coldness. That general feel of chilled sharpness on the E-Class is set to be history in short order. Even the chiseled “haunch” line is gone from the rear bodyside – the sort of sheetmetal change you almost never see on a mid-cycle update.

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2014 Mercedes-Benz E-Class [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:57:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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