Got a B on your bonnet? Why car mascots, once beloved, are dying out

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Berlin (dpa)- Bonnet ornaments are decidedly old-school and amid safety considerations and aerodynamic aesthetics they are becoming rarer too. One of the most famous insignia is the Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star and it remains a powerful symbol of automobile exclusivity. The sign is produced at a factory in Germany where Mercedes says production involves 12 steps from casting to polishing and the star passes through 10 pairs of hands before it is ready to be fitted to a car. Using around seven tonnes of a special zinc alloy, the Witte Automotive plant turns out 30,000 three-pointed stars a …

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