There is a NEW S CLASS PULLMAN?

( I was unaware of the existence of the S PULLMAN ).
http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id &art_id=vn20050221163601558C712813
The limousine, the king and his poor subjects
February 21 2005 at 06:43PM
By Melanie-Ann Feris
Swaziland's King Mswati III - sub-Saharan Africa's last absolute monarch - bought the car, worth about R1,8-million, at a time when more than 65 percent of Swaziland's 1,2-million inhabitants live on less than R6 a day.
About 200 000 people depend on food handouts to survive.
Mswati is the first person in Africa to own the new Mercedes S-Class Pullman, a six-door limousine.
The limo may be his pride and joy but when he showed it off for the first time on Friday, his bodyguards did their best to stop photographers from taking pictures.
His luxury fleet already includes a R3-million Maybach 62 sedan from Daimler Chrysler - its features include a television receiver, DVD player, 21-speaker surround-sound system, refrigerator, cordless telephone, heated steering wheel, interior pollen and dust filter, golf bag and sterling silver Champagne flutes.
Just a few days ago, Mswati spent about R5-million on 10 new BMWs for his wives, to replace their old fleet.
On Friday at the official opening of the second session of the eighth parliament, the king arrived in the Pullman.
Normally the media is allowed to take photographs of the king at functions, but, somewhat surprisingly this time, the media was told not to take pictures.
While reporters expected to witness the king's arrival in the Maybach 62, itself the talk of town, the monarch instead pulled up in a classic Mercedes Benz S600 Pullman.
"The king's latest acquisition has been kept as a top secret within the royal family following the criticism he received after buying the luxurious Maybach 62," the Times said.
In his speech in parliament, Mswati urged the nation to join hands to fight poverty, which he said had reached alarmingly high levels.
The 36-year-old king frequently hits the headlines with stories of the lavish lifestyles he, his 11 wives and two teenage fiances lead.
He is also building 10 new palaces for his wives at a cost of about R96-million.
The government owes suppliers more than R144-million and the country's budget deficit stands at about R780-million.
Mswati was forced to shelve plans three years ago to spend R270-million on a new royal jet, but has shown little inclination to rein in other royal spending projects, which include the building of palaces for his growing retinue of wives.
The S-Class Pullman is regarded as the ultimate luxury limousine. So specialized is the vehicle that South African dealers are unable to quote a price on it.
Earlier versions of the Mercedes Pullman limousines were specially commissioned in 1969 and 1971 by Hugh Hefner of Playboy magazine.
Pullman has a long-standing tradition of luxurious comfort on wheels. The suffix "Pullman" alone is enough to give away the noble character of the new limousine: in the mid-19th century, the American industrialist George Mortimer Pullman from Chicago in the state of Illinois made a name for himself by building lavishly equipped train carriages.
Ever since then, the name has been synonymous with maximum comfort on wheels - even as early as 1928, the highly regarded German publication Kraftfahrer und Kraftfahrzeug (Motorist and Motor Vehicle) defined the Pullman limousine as a "large, comfortable and prestigious limousine with a partition between the driver's seat and the passenger compartment".
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Pullman lives up to this description right down to the finest detail.
The driver of this vehicle is pampered by such standard innovations as a specialized navigation system, multifunction steering wheel, electrically adjustable seat with lumbar support, speed-sensitive power steering and xenon headlamps.
Rear features include an intercom for communicating with the driver, a bar with chilled compartment for drinks and glasses, desks, top-quality sound system and a media console with integral monitors, DVD player and a television set.
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greek_philosophizer wrote:

Current S-Class Pullmann can be seen e.g. at http://www.mbspy.com/w220pull.htm
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Tasten:

If you look carefully at the image which shows the complete car, you will notice that this car seems to wear some different brand logo instead of a star on the hood. I am quite sure that this car is an aftermarket solution, which is barely authorized by Mercedes. It is common that companies like Brabus or Carlsson are not allowed to deliver their cars with a star. They put their own logo on the car instead (which does not mean that the owner cannot swap back the logos). I have not found a source for this particular car, but I can very well imagine that Mercedes is not interested in launching a S600 stretch limo: The Maybach 63 is a Mercedes S600 stretch limo;-) If my memory serves me right, Mercedes made some Stretch limos based on the old W140, but this was before the Maybach launch.
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Frank Kemper wrote:

No, it has no such logo, it is no aftermarket solution but a genuine MB - I can positively identify both photos as MB press photos (and YES, I am 100 percent sure, not the slightest doubt).

Original Mercedes-Benz.

Both photos are from 1999, a time when the Maybach wasn't on sale yet and MB looked for something to fill the gap between the past W100 MB 600 and the future Maybach.
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