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Mercedes-Benz Presents Pope Benedict XVI With New M-Class Popemobile


When one typically thinks of heads of state, the names Barack Obama, David Cameron, Francois Hollande or Stephen Harper come to mind. But as a sovereign nation, Pope Benedict XVI is head of the Vatican, a self-governing enclave of the city of Rome, and the spiritual leader for more than a billion Catholics worldwide. But Benedict’s official vehicle is unique from “The Beast” made for president Obama, or the legions of other limousines or armored sedans and SUVs made for heads of state around the world.

The latest Popemobile is based on a Mercedes-Benz M-Class, and represents the latest representation of an 80-year relationship between Mercedes-Benz and the Vatican. Replacing a specially-modified G-Class used by the late John Paul II, the new Popemobile features an extended dome increasing spaciousness in the vehicle, and improved entry facilitated by a swing-out tailgate.

The view both into and out of the Popemobile has been improved with an increased glass area and an illuminated roof lining. The overall height of the new Popemobile has been reduced to facilitate easier air transport, while at the same time improving the internal standing height dimensions.

The first Mercedes-Benz vehicle presented to a pontiff was a Nurburg 460 Pullman for Pius XI in 1930. The previous Mercedes-Benz models that have served in official Vatican capacity can be seen at museums at the Vatican and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.

Source: Mercedes-Benz

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