Mercedes G selling well in Russia, China

2012-07-26 14:26

The Mercedes-Benz G class is selling so well in Russia and China that the German carmaker has decided to keep the boxy SUV in the range three decades after it was launched.

Proof of the car’s enduring appeal is the facelifted version, which went on sale in June with a range of new engines and an up-rated interior.

The line-up now includes the most expensive vehicle in the Mercedes-Benz range which carries a price tag of €264 180 euros (about R2.6 million) – 33 years after the car was first introduced.

Mercedes has revealed that G-class sales have risen 50% over the past three years thanks to demand from Russia and China.

The company says the vehicle appeals to those looking for a sturdy utilitarian workhorse or a ultra luxurious vehicle crammed with extras.

No breakdown of the G-class sales numbers for the two markets has been provided but the company said overall company sales in Russia grew by 25.9% in April alone.

The Chinese market is also thriving.

Top of the range is the G 65 AMG, which is also the most powerful model in the Mercedes catalogue with a 612-hp V12 turbo-charged engine. The off-roader consumes 17 litre of fuel per 100 kilometres.

The G class is still produced in the Austrian city of Graz where only 250 000 examples have left the assembly lines since production began.

The majority of them are still in use on roads around the world.

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