Mercedes-Benz has delivered a new Popemobile to Pope Benedict XVI, thereby carrying on an 80-year tradition. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, has personally handed over the bespoke Mercedes-Benz M-Class, at the Vatican.
During the handover, Zetsche remarked that it is an “honor” for Mercedes-Benz to be accompanying Pope Benedict XVI on his future journeys with the new Popemobile. He noted that for over 80 years, Popes have been able to rely on the quality, safety and comfort of Mercedes-Benz’s vehicles. The Pope uses the Mercedes-Benz Popemobile for public appearances both at Vatican and abroad.
The Popemobile allows the leader of the Catholic Church to get as close as possible to the public without having to worry about his safety and comfort – which Mercedes guarantees to be of the highest class. Mercedes-Benz Popemobile is fitted with the latest technological features from the current M-Class. The Popemobile also boasts of a new interior design.
Mercedes-Benz extended the Popemobile’s dome substantially, thereby affording an improved amount of space and more convenient entry access. The Pope could also be viewed as more significantly enhanced, thanks to substantially larger glass panels in the viewing area, along with large illuminated roof lining. The throne, the central design feature in the interior, carries the embroidered coat of arms of the Holy Father.
Mercedes-Benz M-Class’s third generation creates new standards among SUVs with its trailblazing automotive innovations. The new M-Class can boast of optimised energy economy, leading passive safety standards, superlative ride comfort mixed with outstanding driving abilities, along with a fully redone interior style that offers exceptional ergonomics as one of its main benefits.
The low fuel use and excellent emissions data are an impressive read: on average, the entire range consumes 25% less fuel than its predecessor. Never has Mercedes-Benz achieved a drop in fuel use by such a massive amount with a model change for an SUV.
An ultra-contemporary engine selection, a class-leading 0.32 Cd value, wide-ranging BlueEFFICIENCY measures, and new tools for development, such as the energy-transparent vehicle, all contribute to deliver the excellent numbers in energy efficiency. The ML 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC stands out in particular because it is 28% more efficient than the prior model, it uses just 6.0 l per 100 km on the NEDC driving cycle (158 g CO2/km), and it can reach up to 1500 km with one tankful of fuel.