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» Home » Articles » News Archives » News Archives 2010 » February 2010 » Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 4x4 and 6x6

Mercedes Benz G-Wagon 4x4 and 6x6

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03/02/2010

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has taken delivery of its first new Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon cross-country vehicles - the first to be delivered on Australian soil. These first locally delivered vehicles, nine in total, follow on from the initial hand-over of the first two units at the G-Wagon’s factory in Austria, which took place late last year.

Mercedes Benz G-Class wagon
 

All eleven vehicles so far delivered are part of the 1200-strong tactical fleet order placed by the ADF in October 2008, a national undertaking known as “Project Overlander”. As planned, all vehicle units delivered to-date have been both on time and budget.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon military vehicles being delivered to the ADF include:

  • Four-wheel-drive station wagons;

  • Four-wheel-drive cab-chassis units;

  • Six-wheel-drive units in both single- and dual-cab chassis configuration

All vehicles are powered by the German auto-maker’s proven 3.0-litre turbo-diesel V6 engine, the popular powerplant fitted to many of the marque’s passenger cars, SUVs (Sport Utility Vehicles) and vans.
 
 
Mercedes Benz G Class wagon dual cab 6x6

 

Specific models will be fitted with specialist modules built by Australian engineering firm G. H. Varley, and all model variants are being subjected to a rigorous test regime by the Australian Defence Force prior to full production later this year. Mercedes-Benz will also provide an armour-kit that can be fitted should armoured protection be required.

The delivery of these G-Wagons continues Mercedes-Benz’s long involvement with the Australian Defence Force, which includes the delivery and support of Unimog cross-country trucks, Actros 8x8 fuel tankers, buses and vans. 

 
Mercedes Benz G-Class single cab chass 6X6
 
Mercedes-Benz also recently participated in the ADF’s trial of medium and heavy trucks. The ADF tested a range of Mercedes-Benz trucks including the latest armoured Unimog, four- and six-wheel variants of the Zetros truck, and the massive armoured 8x8 Actros (nicknamed ‘Optimus Prime’ - the animated “Transformer” character - by Canadian soldiers on deployment).
 
Australian Army's Mercedes Benz G-Wagons
 

 

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific meets the ADF’s specialised military requirements with its resources, component commonality and technical support base – the result of being part of one of the world’s largest and most advanced automotive manufacturers. Mercedes-Benz is confident it can meet all the requirements of the Australian Defence Force with its comprehensive military vehicle range, and its extensive Australian support base.



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