Mercedes-Benz Delivers New M-Class Popemobile to VaticanPosted by: Kenny Chan onDecember 7th, 2012
Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, personally handed to the Pope the new special-built Mercedes-Benz M-Class popemobile today at the Vatican. The leader of the Catholic Church has been using vehicles built by Mercedes-Benz at public appearances for over 80 years. The popemobile as it is commonly referred to allows him to get close to the public without sacrificing security and comfort.
“It is an honour for Mercedes-Benz to be accompanying His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his future journeys with our new Popemobile”, said Zetsche at the handover of the new Popemobile in Rome. “As such, we are continuing our long-standing partnership with the Vatican. For more than 80 years now, Popes have been able to rely on the quality, safety and comfort of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles.”
Pope Benedict XVI will be using the new vehicle for the first time on Sunday December 8th in Rome, where the Catholic Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception is traditionally celebrated at the Spanish Steps.
Built using the the current M-Class, it contains all the technological upgrades of the newest model with a host of modifications. The new popemobile while roomier inside actually sits shorter than the preceding model. The dome in the rear utilizes larger glass panels and led lighting in the roof lining for better visibility. This one off model however gets a rather pedestrian paint color, diamond white. No custom matte white exterior for this “limited edition” vehicle.