Re: The G-Wagen marches in


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Does that mean Mercedes-Benz is rescinding the plan to supersede the W461/W463 with ML-derived G-Class in 2005/6? I think Mercedes-Benz ought to continue producing W461/W463 infinitely unless the EU regulation comes in full force in 2010, making the front end redesign prohibitive.
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The funny thing with that story is that back in the 70's, when Mercedes and Puch developed the G-Model, they had military use as a main objective in their minds. Mercedes wanted to win a contract to the German Federal Army, which wanted to replace their funny DKW Munga (2-stroke engine!) and VW 181 (aka the "Thing" with 2WD) with a true all terrain vehicle. Much to the distraction of Mercedes, German Army decided to take the VW Iltis instead, a small four seater AWD car feshly developed for them. When I served my duty in 1982, I heard rumours that the government wanted to help VW out of financial trouble and that the politicians wanted to avoid bad PR for their soldiers cruising around in "expensive Mercedes cars". Actually the VW Iltis was somewhat capable, but extremely expensive (more expensive than a G-Wagen equipped to German Army specs). After VW had fulfilled the contract, they sold all the tools for that car to a company based in Canada. So the German Army had to buy its spare parts for that car in canada - what a nice thankyou for the help;-)
Somewhere in the 90's, Mercedes finally started to deliver G-Models for the German Army. Its NATO code is WOLF, and I have not heard anything bad about that car in soldier's hands. Since decades the french army is using a licensed version of the G-Wagen built by Peugeot with Peugeot engines. Actually, I think it would not be a bad idea, if NATO member countries would decide on using the same equipment if possible. This makes logistics easier.
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Frank Kemper wrote:

Peugeot P4 is easily to be recognized by the square headlights.
Some info in German language at http://www.panzerbaer.de/helper/bw_lkw_00-5t_gl_wolf_b.htm and some info in English at http://www.mercedesgwagen.galeon.com/enlaces680588.html
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...Well, you wouldn'r expect the French miliraty to take anything 100% German (or British, for that matter), would you...?... :-)
I once read a comment that the only reason Peugeot builds big cars is because French government officials wouldn't be seen dead getting into Mercs...
Regarding standardisation of equipment within NATO, that's too sensible to be implemented... In any case, it would only happen if the equipment were US-made...
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