This Popemobile is a converted Mercedes M Class which the company has modified at their plant in Alabama and which is designed to cater to the comfort and safety requirements of the Pope. The new Popemobile will be used on Pope Francis’ first official trip to Brazil which he will undertake later this month.
The word ‘Popemobile’ came into existence during the 1980s when a Mercedes Benz G Class was used by Pope John Paul II. This was replaced in 2002 by an M Class and this particular model was also used by Pope Benedict XVI. Zetsche appraised the Pope on company’s endeavors towards sustainable future for transport besides the company’s aim in creating a cleaner and safer environment. The Pope was also informed about all charitable activities undertaken by Mercedes Benz and their commitment to society. For images and press release, go to next page.
“We are delighted that His Holiness Pope Francis has decided to trust in the safety and comfort of our vehicles and that, by providing the popemobile, we will continue to accompany him on his travels in the future,” said Zetsche after the meeting in the Domus Santa Marta, the guest house of the Vatican and the Pope’s current residence. “This tradition is a huge source of pride to us.”