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Open-Top Popemobile: Mercedes Delivers G-Class to Vatican

December 10, 2007

MONTVALE, NJ – Pope Benedict XVI, who was given a V-8 Volvo XC90 last June, will now ride in a custom Mercedes-Benz G-Class made over the last two years in "close consultation with the Vatican," Mercedes says. The G500-based Popemobile has been designed with fair weather usage in mind. The Vaticanmystic (no, we're not making that up) white-on-white Mercedes has a folding windscreen and hand-rails for stability as he presents himself to those in St. Peter's Square.

Mercedes has long been a standby for the envied position of Popemobile manufacturer ever since Pope Pius XI rode in a Nurburg 460 Pullman limousine (pictured at left) in 1930. The open-top G500 joins the Pope's M and S-Class models, both equipped with special protection.

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