The 300000th unit of the legendary Mercedes-Benz G-Class has rolled off the production line. Magna Steyr built this record vehicle on behalf of Mercedes-Benz in Graz, Austria where the iconic SUV has been built since 1979.
The milestone vehicle is a Mercedes-Benz G500 in Designo Mauritius Blue Metallic colour. It is equipped with the Off-Road package and includes black 16-inch wheels with all-terrain tyres. A robust roof rack has also been fitted to enhance the adventurer character of this G-Class. Inside the SUV gets black leather seats and contrasting white stitching. This configuration of the 300000th Mercedes-Benz G-Class was selected by its fans who voted for their favourite specification via the official Facebook page of the G-Class.
Dr Gunnar Guthenke, head of the off-road product group at Mercedes-Benz said, “The G-Class has been produced by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, on behalf of Mercedes-Benz since 1979. Today our off-road icon is more successful than ever. The production of 300,000 G-Class models is an impressive milestone.”
“The team which has contributed substantially to this success includes employees who have been part of the story of the G-Class for 38 years. We have enjoyed decades of successful cooperation with Magna Steyr in the production of the G-Class,” added Dr Gunnar.
It was in the year 1972 when the development of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class started with a cooperation agreement between the former Daimler-Benz AG (today Daimler AG) and Steyr-Daimler-Puch (today Magna Steyr) in Graz, Austria.
It was decided in 1975 to commence series production of the G-Class and also construct a new plant in Graz, where the vehicles have been manufactured ever since and have been mainly built by hand and assembled on just a single production line.
The production of the Mercedes-Benz G-Class started 38 years ago on 1 February 1979. The legendary SUV was also sold under the brand name Puch in countries like Switzerland and Austria till 1999. Sales of the G-Class have grown continually since 2009 and it achieved a new sales record in 2016 with almost 20,000 units being sold within a year. The G-Class has been achieving a new sales record every year since 2012.
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