The custom Hybrid Mercedes Popemobile now has another sibling—a Mercedes M-Class SUV. The SUV was created at the Mercedes plant in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, and then converted into another rolling stage for Pope Benedict XVI in a German plant. The Pope seems to have excellent taste, as his motorcade is also flanked by a couple of donated Ducati motorcycles.
The special Mercedes M-Class was built in Alabama and customized in Germany.
The Pope’s Ducati Multistrada. Awesome.
This Popemobile is diamond white and laden with the latest technology inside. It was created to replace a similar vehicle that has been in service since 2002. Mercedes-Benz has been providing and customizing vehicles for the Popes for over 80 years.
The throne is traditionally the prominent feature of the Pope’s cockpit
Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the Board of Management for Mercedes parent Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, personally delivered the vehicle to Pope Benedict XVI in Rome. He stated: “It is an honor for Mercedes-Benz to be accompanying His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his future journeys with our new Popemobile.”
No detail is overlooked when crafting a Popemobile
The new Mercedes boasts a more pronounced dome area, allowing more space inside. Because it is used for public appearances, the large glass panels that form the viewing space have been fitted with improved lighting. The crowds will now see the Pope illuminated better. Because it is used at home and abroad, the height was reduced to accommodate frequent air transport of the Popemobile.
Arriving in style
1980 Mercedes-Benz 230 G Popemobile
The Popemobile enables him to get close to the public with proper security measures in place. After they are retired, the Pope’s vehicles are placed in a Stuttgart museum to be admired. Check out our own fleet of Mercedes Benz rentals on your way out!
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