Weststar celebrates G-Class at 40 – The Nation Newspaper

Weststar celebrates G-Class at 40 – The Nation Newspaper

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Weststar, the authorised General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria, is celebrating 40 years of Mercedes-Benz G-Class with a new model.

The new G-Class has been hailed as the “biggest transformation” in the G’s 40 years-old history. Weststar said it raises the bar in all relevant areas while maintaining familiar and popular features from its design icon.

The new G-Class performs even better off-road. On the road, it is significantly more agile, dynamic and comfortable than its predecessor. This new model gives the “G” a befitting persona to marking its landmark age.

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The G-Class is a top model among luxury off-road vehicles. It is not only the passenger car model series with the longest production run in the history of Mercedes-Benz, but also the forefather of all Sport Utility Vehicles) (SUVs) to bear the three-pointed star – reason Mercedes off-road models feature the upper-case G in their name. The G-Class celebrates a landmark as it turns 40 this year.

Its story began in 1972 with collaboration between then Daimler-Benz AG and Steyr-Daimler-Puch in the Austrian city of Graz.

The first concept to be developed was already different. The team designed a vehicle which impressed with superior off-road capability, while at the same time appealing to customers as a full-featured and safe vehicle suitable for recreational purposes.

All-wheel drive and 100-percent differential locks have also been part of the “G” since that time, as has the robust ladder-type frame.

At the time of its market launch, in the spring of 1979, it was available with a choice of four engine variants covering a performance range from of 53 kW/72 hp to 115 kW/156 hp. Customers had the option of a Cabriolet with a short wheelbase or Station Wagon models with short or long wheelbase.

The G-Class models used for the “Popemobile” are famous around the world. The off-road Mercedes-Benz 230 G painted in “mother of pearl” with a transparent special body accompanied Pope John Paul II on numerous journeys from 1980.

The 25th anniversary of the G-Class was marked by the arrival of a very special model on the market, honed by Mercedes-AMG; the G 55 AMG Kompressor. Its eight-cylinder power unit (350 kW/476 hp, 700 Nm of torque) gave the robust off-roader an unprecedented level of performance and demonstrated the tremendous potential of the G-Class.

The G 500 4×4² of 2015 added not only a luxurious interior to the equation, but also a ground clearance of 45 centimetres and impressive on-road performance. Since 2015, the “designo manufaktur” range has been providing customers with the option to take a G-Class and make it their own individual “G” – with exclusive equipment variants that are perfectly coordinated with each other.

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