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Mercedes Benz G-Class will keep on truckin’ through 2015


Austria’s Magna Steyr, which manufactures the G-Class, has already built 200,000 examples

Austria’s Magna Steyr, which manufactures the G-Class, has already built 200,000 examples

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Thirty years is a long time in the automotive industry, but the more things change, the more they stay the same - in 1979, the second oil crisis was in full swing, Detroit was smack in the midst of its malaise-era madness and the Mercedes Benz G-Class was born.

Despite its age, there are plans to see the G-Class continue on in its current guise for at least another six years. Austria’s independent vehicle manufacturer Magna Steyr has confirmed it will continue to build the vehicle until the end of 2015.

Magna Steyr has built 200,000 units of the G-Class and was a vital element of the vehicle’s development during the 1970s, according to Automotive News. The G-Class was originally developed as a military vehicle for the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi of Iran (a major Daimler shareholder at the time).

The first civilian version of the G-Class went on sale in 1979 and since then it has gone on to spawn several different variations including a high-performance AMG model. Mercedes Benz also released a special 30th anniversary edition this month, which you can read about by clicking here.
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  1. Yeaaah...!
     
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  2. Think maybe they could update it at some point, or is that too much to ask
     
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  3. This thing is God Father to the Scion XB, Hail to the king of all toasters!!!!!
     
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  4. The G-Class is without a doubt one of the most unique vehicles on the road today, it dosen't follow any of the trends. Amazing vehicle and worth every penny!
     
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  5. Mercedes has also released a pair of special edition models to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the G-Class that are sure to see a few more numbers added to the 200,000 already sold.Magna Steyr has just announced that it has had its contract with Mercedes Benz extended to continue building the G-Class until at least the end of 2015.
     
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