Why I Really Want a Mercedes-Benz Adventure Van

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AUTOS, AUTOWEEK, WRITING

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In an unmarked warehouse just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, wooden crates and cardboard boxes are waiting. Hulking, nondescript masses sit on shelves and floors around the warehouse. When it’s time, the half-assembled shells glide smoothly out of their protective shipping containers and onto pallet jacks. From there, they’re suspended by wires and cranes and pushed into the line. At the marriage station, engines and transmissions are added. Within an hour and a half, a complete, reassembled Mercedes-Benz van is ready to head to a dealership and be delivered to a waiting customer.

Welcome to the place where the archaic “chicken tax” comes home to roost.
Read more at Autoweek, here.

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Abigail Bassett is the Executive Editor at CNTRL MEDIA, LLC. She is also a freelance content creator and curator whose work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Fortune, Automobile, Motor Trend, Money Magazine and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories using a variety of media and taking the visitor places that they have never been–whether it’s into the cockpit of a rare supercar, inside an exclusive home or hotel, or behind the scenes of a fashionable event. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher. She teaches at a number of public, private, and corporate venues, around Los Angeles, CA.

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