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SAE Eye on Engineering: New Mercedes Pickup

Luxury pickup trucks spin big profits for their makers. In this episode of SAE Eye on Engineering, Editor-In-Chief Lindsay Brooke looks at Mercedes' first luxury pickup: the mid-sized X-Class.

SAE Eye on Engineering also airs Monday mornings on WJR 760 AM Detroit's Paul W. Smith Show. Access archived episodes of SAE Eye on Engineering.

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