Things You Probably Didn't Know About the Mercedes-Benz G500
- The Mercedes-Benz G500 belonged to the G-Class line of vehicles and was originally made for military use back in the late 70s. There were quite a few vehicles that were originally made for military purpose. The Hummer and Willys MB Jeep (now, Jeep Wrangler) are two of them. Today, the Mercedes-Benz G500, while it still maintains that boxy frame prominent to all military issued vehicles, offers luxury, power, and off-road capability.
- The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is still being used as a military vehicle in most European countries such as Switzerland, United Kingdom, Slovenia, Norway, and Portugal. In Russia and Ukraine, the G500s (and the G55 AMG) are used by the security escorts of both the President and the Prime Minister. Outside Europe, countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, North Korea, Malaysia, Argentina, and the United States use the G-Class either as a military or a government vehicle. The United States, in particular, uses the G-Class for the U.S. Marine Corp.
- Even in the Vatican City, the two "Popemobile" are modified Mercedes-Benz G-Class. One is now at the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Germany.
- The "G" in G-Class or G-Wagen is short for Gelndewagen, which is loosely translated as "tough terrain vehicle." It is not a surprise why military groups favor this vehicle. By the way, because of its capability, the G-Class is also used as a safari vehicle.
- In 1983, the G-Class, particularly the 280 GE, won the Paris-Dakar Rally, one of the most famous and arguably the most punishing race in the world. Claude Brasseur and Jacky Ickx made it possible.
- Although the first G-Class was released in 1979, its creation began in 1972 under the joint venture between Austrian military vehicle manufacturer Steyr-Daimler-Puch and Daimler-Benz. The G-Class is hand-assembled in Graz factory up to this date.
- Why did Mercedes-Benz, known then as an exclusive car manufacturer, created its first SUV in the 70s? Story has it that in the 70s, the Shah of Iran suggested to Mercedes that it would be a good idea if the car manufacturer built an SUV. Then, the rest, as they say, was history.