The off-road icon, Mercedes-Benz G-Class, has hit the milestone of 400,000 models produced. To mark this anniversary, a red Mercedes-Benz G 400 d (combined fuel consumption: 8.9-8.7 l/100 km, combined CO2 emissions: 235-229 g/km) has been rolled off the production line in Graz.
The car is headed to a long-term customer from the Rhineland, who has been a fan of this angular classic since 1979 and now has around 20 models.
“We are so proud to have produced 400,000 of these off-road vehicles. We’d like to thank our loyal customers and fans, plus our employees – not to mention our production partner in Graz, Magna Steyr. At present, demand far exceeds the production capacity available,” emphasizes Dr. Emmerich Schiller, head of the Off-Road Vehicles division and CEO of Mercedes-Benz G GmbH in Graz/Austria.
“And we’re already writing the next chapter in this success story: we’re electrifying this series so the G will have a zero-emissions future, making our icon future-proof.”
The G sub-brand plays a key role in the strategic realignment at Mercedes-Benz. This realignment focuses on a convincing luxury experience that’s electric, software-driven and sustainable. As far as this latter point goes, Mercedes‑Benz is bringing its suppliers on board for its journey towards being carbon neutral. The production partner for the G-Class, Magna Steyr in Graz, is particularly important in this regard. As at all Mercedes-Benz AG plants, Magna Steyr’s manufacturing will be carbon-neutral by 2022. Alongside protecting the climate, protecting resources is a top priority. Reducing water consumption and minimizing waste, including boosting recycling rates, are core components of Magna’s sustainability strategy, too.
The new run of the G-Class started in top form in summer 2018. Whether on or off the road and whatever the operating conditions, the off-road vehicle impresses with its performance, cutting-edge assistance systems, outstanding handling, and safety. At the same time, the new suspension, the DYNAMIC SELECT driving programmes, the “G-Mode” and the three 100-percent differential locks enhance not only ride comfort but also agility – on any surface.
Since its manufacturing date of 1 September 2020, the standard equipment for the iconic off-road vehicle has become even more extensive. At the same time, there are also more personalization options available through the “G manufaktur” programme. This programme has found favour: at present, around 60 percent of all G-Class buyers opt for one of these types. New exterior colours and equipment packages as well as the widescreen cockpit, which now comes as standard, round off the model’s offering.
Since spring 2020, customers and fans have had the chance to explore the on-road and off-road ability of the G-Class at the new G-Class Experience Center near Graz. On the site formerly used by Fliegerhorst Nittner, they get the opportunity to fully test out the enormous potential of the G-Glass, hone their driving skills on terrain that is at times extreme, and experience first-hand what the “Schöckl proved” quality stamp means. Graz’s own mountain, the Schöckl, is home to the legendary test track on which the G-Class has to prove its worth during the development phase.
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