In Graz (Austria) the production of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class started. Ola Källenius, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, visited the plant in Austria to mark the start of series production. “The new G-Class is raising the bar higher in all relevant areas. Our ‘longest-serving’ series is therefore perfectly equipped to continue its success story. In short, the new ‘G’ remains a ‘G’, only better”, emphasizes Ola Källenius.
Ever since 1979, Magna Steyr produces the G-Class for Mercedes-Benz in Graz, Austria. The new G-Class is being built there as well, predominantly by hand. The experienced employees of the Graz site, some of whom have produced the G-Class from the start, pay great attention to the well-known Mercedes-Benz quality. The proximity to the Daimler subsidiary Mercedes-Benz G GmbH, also based in Graz, and the Magna Steyr plant facilitates numerous synergies thanks to the well-functioning high degree of networking between development, engineering, the prototype workshop, testing and series production. The highlight of the plant is the test track on the local mountain of Graz, the Schöckl, which is worldwide without compare: one test kilometre on the test track corresponds to 50 kilometres in actual operation.
“With the model change the new G-Class experienced the biggest transformation in its 39 years-old history. At the same time we have kept the familiar and popular features of the design icon and further optimised the ‘G’ where ride comfort and robustness are concerned. The superior development goal for the new G-Class was to improve the off road capabilities even more. For the production we continue to trust in our experienced production partner since 39 years, Magna Steyr”, emphasises Gunnar Güthenke, Head of the Off-Road Product Group at Mercedes-Benz: