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Here's an idea, Mercedes. Dump whatever design you were working on for the new C-Class wagon and just tweak it out to look like the Ford-Fairlane- Beyond-the-Thunderdome vehicle shown in these spy shots, posted today on World Car Fans. Build the thing out composite armor plating and slap on a scenic upper deck like those trains from the 1950s that used to go through the Colorado Rockies. Okay, so you might alienate your core group of moms-about-town buyers who lunch, but no one will ever say Mercedes has lost the thread again. Trust us.

Mercedes C-Class Station Wagon First Photos [World Car Fans]

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Spy Photos: 2008 Mercedes C-Class [internal]