Catholics already have a celebration in December in honor of a figure with a nine-month gestation, and that's exactly how long it took the latest Mercedes Benz Popemobile to go from conception to delivery. While The Messiah arrived in a manger, the new Popemobile was delivered by company head Dieter Zetsche, who said "It is an honor for Mercedes-Benz to be accompanying His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his future journeys with our new Popemobile."

The new Popemobile is based on the latest M-Class, though the Pope's new SUV features reduced ride height to easier shipment of the vehicle, which happens frequently. The vehicle also features improved visibility and lighting for the Pontiff, which presumably went over well at the vehicle's public debut in Rome at this year's celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Look closely, and you'll see Mercedes-Benz three-pointed stars hanging from lighting fixtures, too. This latest Popemobile continues the trend of Daimler supplying papal transport, a legacy that stretches back 80 years, so look for the Diamond White modified M-Class the next time you see the Holy See. Scroll down for the press release below.

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Stuttgart/Rome – By delivering a new Popemobile to Pope Benedict XVI Mercedes-Benz continues a tradition, which lasts for 80 years now. Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, personally handed over the Mercedes-Benz M-Class, specifically produced for the Pope with special-purpose body, today at the Vatican.

"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."

The leader of the Catholic Church makes use of the Mercedes-Benz Popemobile at a number of public appearances both at home and abroad. It gives him the opportunity to get as close as possible to the public without having to forego the highest possible levels of safety and comfort. It will be possible to see Benedict XVI tomorrow in the new vehicle for the first time as early as 8th December in Rome, where the Catholic Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception is traditionally celebrated at the Spanish Steps.

The Popemobile is fitted with the latest technological highlights from the current M-Class. In addition, the vehicle also features a new interior design. Compared with the preceding model, the dome has been extended significantly, providing an improved amount of space and more convenient entry access. The view of the Pope has also been significantly enhanced thanks to considerably larger glass panels in the viewing area, together with large illuminated roof lining. The throne, the central design feature in the interior, bears the embroidered coat of arms of the Holy Father.

As with the preceding model, the body of the new Popemobile is painted in diamond white. And to facilitate frequent transport of the modified M-Class by air, Mercedes-Benz has reduced the overall height of the vehicle by a few centimetres, while at the same time improving the internal standing height. Work on the new Popemobile began some nine months ago. The vehicle was designed and produced by Mercedes-Benz.

Mercedes-Benz has been providing vehicles for the trips and official appearances of the leader of the Catholic Church for more than 80 years now. The first Mercedes-Benz for a Pope was a Nürburg 460 Pullman Saloon, provided for Pope Pius XI in 1930. In the 1960s, Pope John XXIII received a 300d Landaulet in the guise of a Cabriolet with automatic transmission. Subsequently, Pope Paul VI first made use of a Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman Landaulet, followed by a 300 SEL.
From the 1980s, Pope John Paul II initially also travelled in a vehicle designated as a "Popemobile" - a modified G-Class - to the celebrations in St. Peter's Square. From 2002, he mostly made use of the predecessor to the new Popemobile, which Benedict XVI has also used up until today. After they reach the end of their working lives, the Popemobiles can be viewed as part of the collections on display at both the Vatican and the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart.


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      HotHactchHopeful
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks like the side glass (the line in the middle) can slide down? That pope chair is boss, though. Im sure the glass is bulletproof up to assault rifle levels, and that thing has to have some sort of self contained air system. I just wonder how fast the whole thing snaps shut if he has those side windows open? Anyway, kudos to Mercedes, they make a nice product.
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      mbukukanyau
      • 2 Years Ago
      Just like the Poles before the Bavarians are proud of their Pope.
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The man who single handedly destroyed Chrysler.
      Love Great Danes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice to see Dieter is still a ham, like he was at Chrysler
      fly by wireless
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wonder if I'm the only one who alternately sees a ute/pickup and a camper in these pictures...
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      What about a comparison test between this and the POTUS Limo?
      Jay A Bomberger
      • 2 Years Ago
      Popemobile: because nothing shows your faith in god like 4 inches of bulletproof glass...
      Car Guy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not a Roman Catholic but I wish the Pope all the best and a safe ride in his travels.
      J D
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure that the Pope will look just as good driving around in his Mercedes as Adolf Hitler did driving around in his. And so the Nazi tradition lives on...
      Svartorn
      • 2 Years Ago
      Apparently prayer doesn't protect from bullets.
        Jake
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
        Didn't protect Jesus either. Must be some freedom in the world.
          tricountyconst
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          Jesus Knew He Was Coming Back And Will Be Around Again At The Appointed Time
          Jake
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Jake
          He seemed to not really want to go through with it. The 12 apostles weren't protected from persecution either. If God did everything for everyone, there wouldn't be much purpose for you and me, would there?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
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          imoore
          • 2 Years Ago
          And so are you.
          mbukukanyau
          • 2 Years Ago
          Yes, Dalai Lama, Every Rabbi, Every pastor, every imam and every priest, every Guru, african priest etc wake up every morning and says, jeez, how many people can I scam today...
        mbukukanyau
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Svartorn
        Yes, John Paul II and Reagan were shot dead I recall
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