• Dec 5, 2007
The Pope's got himself a new ride, and boy is it, uh, white. Mercedes announced today that they have given his Holiness a highly-customized G500. Like previous Popemobiles, the G500 has a folding windscreen, and handrails and steps in the rear for entry.

The Vaticanmysitc white interior matches the Vaticanmystic white exterior which, we assume, matches the Pope's Vaticanmystic white robes.

Mercedes says the topless G500 will be the Pope's fair weather car and the S-Class in the Vatican garage can be summoned for less sunny driving.

Read the company's full press release after the jump, and click on the photo for high-res images.



[Source: Daimler]

New Mercedes-Benz for the Pope

Stuttgart/Rome – In future, Pope Benedict XVI will present himself to the 40,000 or so pilgrims in St. Peter's Square in a shining white, open-top Mercedes-Benz G-Class during his public audiences on Wednesdays. The new "Popemobile" was created over a two-year development period in close consultation with the Vatican, and has now been personally handed over to the Holy Father.

This open official car, which the Head of the Catholic Church requested for use during fine weather, was developed by Mercedes-Benz on the basis of the G 500. It is equipped with a folding windscreen and hand-rails, and like its predecessors it is painted in the Vatican mystic white finish. The interior is likewise white, and is accessed via steps lined in red at the rear. The Pope holds his audiences in a standing position, so that he is easily visible to all his flock.

The Holy Father is continuing a long tradition with the new Popemobile from Mercedes-Benz. Pope Pius XI was the first to receive a Mercedes-Benz as an official car in 1930 - a Nürburg 460 Pullman limousine. Over the following decades Mercedes-Benz regularly provided the Vatican with automobiles which had been specially converted for the use of the Holy Father.

Today the Pope has several Mercedes-Benz cars at his disposal. In addition to the new G 500 Cabriolet, the fleet currently includes M and S-Class models with special protection.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Bill Ford,
      The Pope is the most distinguished theologian alive today. Read his latest book, Jesus of Nazareth.
      He towers as a Christian thinker. His books are the first in almost 1000 years to be accepted without question as authoritative by bishops of the eastern church. Man you are indeed ignorant.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Gregg,
        I do not share your passion for Ruther, however, your arguments are not in the same vein as those of Bill Ford.

        you do not declare Benedict XVI a non christian. I think rutherans are sane, but they are not without fault. What I am primarily concerned about is the maligning the name of a good man for all we know.
        Benedict is an accomplished Christain thinker, who has earned the respect of his breatheren accross the christian world not becouse of his office but becouse of his work on eccumenism.
        Now, Ruther is far from a saint, but it will serve no pourpose for me to address the historical fued between Europeans which has no bearing to the state of Christian Ecumenism today.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You are kidding, right?

        It is all in the frames you put around things. Lutherans can trace themselves back to Jesus too. Martin Luther pointed out some heresies and trappings that had nothing to do with "first century Christianity," which at that point was still a sect of Judaism. Point being, Lutherans started with Jesus too. And first Century people of the Way would recognize little in the trappings of modern Christianity, not to mention things like trinity.

        These arguments of my religion is better than yours will always go on, because people buy the propaganda either when they are indoctrinated as children or personally settle on something to believe in. There are older religions than this one, and newer ones (which includes all current denominations). Almost no religion will concede that it is possible that another faith may be more correct. So state your bias if you will, but realize your "proof" does not find much purchase outside of your own thinking.

        In any event, religious arguments (which have never in history gone anywhere good) are outside the point of this forum. Ole Cardinal Ratzinger managed to make it as high head pope before he bought the farm, and that is one big accomplishment. Among other things now, he can ask for and get the use of some of the nicest things on earth. I say bully for the old boy. He ain't got much time left regardless and whatever is left of him can enjoy the remaining show.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It really is inappropriate for the pope to ride around in anything other than a used Fiat or Hyundai - regardless of whether or not he actually owns the car. Can you imagine Mother Teresa or Ghandi traveling in such conspicuous excess? The bodyguards are hot though.
      • 7 Years Ago
      thanx alex, tblue for explaining it to him.

      The pope needs protection, and mercedes has the technology to offer it. Couldn't get that kind of protection on a donkey, or some non-prestigious car company. His cars are not just for show, even though they are pretty sweet!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wonder what happened to the VW Phaeton that VW gave him.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Something tells me he doesn't have to worry about carbon offsetting.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Jeeze, just b/c some car company give the Pope a GIFT y'all have to bash him about this morality. It's not like he intentionally want that car or watever, it's a gift people. He might have just put it on auction for charity like that 400th enzo that was given to JPII. Get a grip of your jealous self already people.
        • 7 Years Ago
        actually, the pope requested it:
        "This open official car, which the Head of the Catholic Church requested for use during fine weather, was developed by Mercedes-Benz on the basis of the G 500."
      • 7 Years Ago
      wow...the pope rocks!
      • 7 Years Ago
      You would think he would roll a Toyota Pius.
        • 7 Years Ago
        ha
        Pius.
        Lol. Good one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Go away.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Party like a rock,
      Party like a rockstar"

      Scratch that...

      "Party like a pope,
      Party like a pope-star"
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring back the Land Rover he used to rock!
      • 7 Years Ago


      I'd like to think that at some point in the Pontiff's life, that he secretly desired a Ferrari.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Doesn't the pope have an enzo? I think #400 was given to him.
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