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The popular kids just are just smitten with the showing of Mercedes-Benz this year. First Popular Science picked the 2006 S-Class as the Grand Award winner among its Best of the New for 2006. Now, Popular Mechanics has named the Merc CLS 500/55 winner in the design category of its Best New Cars and Trucks of 2006. Considering all the trouble some Mercedes cars have had with its electrical systems this past year, we doubt Popular Electronics will chime in on a hat-trick anytime soon.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 500/55 [Popular Mechanics]

Popular Science Names Mercedes S-Class Best of the New [internal]