Unimog and G-Class: Summit Of The Off-Road Giants
While the Mercedes G-Class is celebrating its 40-year anniversary this year, the Unimog can look back on a tradition that spans more than 70 years. Enough reasons to bring both of them together for a summit.
There are vehicles that whet the appetite for adventure and arouse the childlike urge to play in every adult: The Mercedes-Benz G-Class and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog are among them. As unique characters, they both have been taking their very own path for many decades. And this path often starts where others already have reached the end of theirs – thanks to their off-road capabilities. Both of them have already repeatedly demonstrated their reliability and ability to get anywhere at the Dakar Rally and other events.
In addition, the Unimog and the G-Class share maximum robustness and durability as well as the tremendous model variety, with which they fulfil virtually any customer request. No wonder that they also cut a splendid figure in Hollywood: In the blockbusters “Jurassic World” of 2015 and “Transformers: The Last Knight” from the year 2017, the two icons even shared the screen. The current G-Class celebrated its world première in Detroit in January 2018 with Arnold Schwarzenegger on stage. In addition to the G-Class, the superstar once also had a Unimog sitting in his garage.
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class was a revolutionary concept from the start: The combination of superior off-road capabilities, perfect on-road suitability and safety was unprecedented in this form. The “longest-serving” Mercedes passenger-car model series has been in production in the Austrian city of Graz for four decades, a process that involves a lot of manual work and passion. The high quality standard pays off: Eighty percent of all G-Class vehicles ever produced are currently still travelling the roads and terrains of the world.
Today, the individualisation range of the G manufaktur offers the possibility to configure an even more exclusive G-Class, with the customer turning a G into his or her G. As a result, more than one million possible combinations can be realised in production from September 2019. This not only applies to G-Class vehicles to be newly ordered, but for also for already existing orders, even until a few weeks before production. Theoretically, vehicles could be produced in Graz for several decades without any two of them being identical.
Starting this year, customers from around the world have the opportunity to test the tremendous capabilities of the G-Class, improve their driving skills in extreme terrain and experience the “Schöckl proved” quality seal. The G-Class Experience Centre opens its doors on the former Nittner Air Base in Feldkirchen, about 15 kilometres south of Graz.