Just recently, Mercedes has pulled officially the towels from the first Pick-up of the brand, the X-class, as the manufacturer celebrates the off-road milestone. At Magna Steyr in Graz has, in fact, leave now, the 300,000 th G-class production line, where the model since 1979 on behalf of Mercedes is built.
But from the front: The development of the G-class starts in 1972 with a cooperation agreement between the former Daimler-Benz AG (today Daimler AG) and Steyr-Daimler-Puch (now Magna Steyr). In 1975, the decision for the start of series production of the G-class. At the same time, the construction of a new plant in Graz, it is decided, where the vehicles since then, mostly manufactured by hand.
"The G-class is the ultimate off-roader. By a constant Evolution, it is today, as then, on the current state of the technology", says Dr. Gunnar Güthenke, Director of product area of all-terrain vehicles at Mercedes. "The 300,000-produced G-classes are a impressive milestone. The Team that is involved in this success, which includes employees who have been here for 38 years, part of the history of the G-class." In fact, the paragraph of the vehicle is growing continuously since 2009. So in 2016, were sold a total of 20,000 units. If the current trend continues, it could be 2025 the 500,000 mark cracked.
But we come to the anniversary vehicle: The G-class is that Fans were able to vote around the world about the details and the specifications. The result is a G 500 in the somewhat awkward named paint finish "designo mauritius blue metallic". In the interior of the special model with black leather seats, white contrast stitching. An off-road package with 16-inch All-Terrain tires and a roof rack complete the square-edged SUV.
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