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May 13, 2009
And the current G-Class model was able to cut an equally fine figure, picking up nearly 25 percent of the votes: that’s twice as many as the vehicle which took second place.
For an incredible sixth time – after 2001, 2006 2007 and 2008 – readers of “Off Road” have once again bestowed the title “off-roader of the year” on this automotive icon.
These awards follow in the footsteps of a long tradition, as soon becomes apparent when taking a look at a small selection of the honours from past decades: no less than 14 times have the readers of the specialist German publication “auto motor und sport” voted the G-Class the best cross-country vehicle in the world. In 1983 the Australian automotive magazine “bushdriver” named the G-Class as the best 4x4 cross-country vehicle of the year, no doubt partly as a reminiscence to the Paris-Dakar win that year. In 1993 readers of the French “Magazine 4x4” awarded the title “cross-country vehicle of the year” to the G 350 TURBODIESEL, and in 1995, readers of the specialist aquatic sport journal, “Boote”, came to the conclusion that the G-Class is the best towing vehicle.
G-Class LIMITED.30 and G-Class EDITION.PUR: spectacular special models to mark birthday celebrations
The fact that the G-Class was designed for operations in the most difficult terrain right from the start is made particularly clear by the special EDITION.PUR model based on the G 280 CDI from the 461 model series. This long-wheelbase station wagon pays homage to the first-generation G-Class, has been optimised specifically for the toughest assignments off the beaten track and is therefore the future dream car for world travellers, expedition leaders, confirmed fans of the G-Class and customers who are in search of an automotive rarity with uncompromising reliability and the ability to go anywhere.
With numerous optional extras, the G EDITION.PUR can be equipped for any eventuality, for example with all-terrain tyres in size 265/75 R 16 on aluminium rims, flexible wheel arch flaring, protective grilles for the headlamps and lights, a walk-on bonnet for easier access to the roof rack which is available as an accessory, a towing lug at the front and a two-section rear door. In the interior there are four individual seats upholstered in hard-wearing fabric or man-made leather, rubber floor coverings in the passenger compartment, spray-protected controls and drainage apertures in the footwells. A load compartment with a wood floor, load-securing rings and rails can also be ordered, as can an auxiliary heater or a manually operated air conditioning system.
With the special LIMITED.30 model based on the G 463 model series, Mercedes-Benz is once again demonstrating the manifold possibilities displayed by the G-Class with respect to comfort and prestige. Externally, this long-wheelbase G 500 Station Wagon is distinguished by the designo platinum black paintwork, specially designed light-alloy wheels and LIMITED.30 lettering on the wings. The interior of this G 500 impresses with designo leather in the colour "chablis" and designo wood trim in anthracite poplar.
(May 2, 2009)