The Mercedes Benz S600
The Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard Pullman
by Dwyane Thomas
Mercedes-Benz engineers are currently building a new, ultra-luxury limo that comes complete with the highest thinkable protection suitable for those people in power. The armored Pullman Limousine is based on the long version of the S600 with a substantially extended wheelbase length. Its roomy interior and fully equipped mobile office are perfect for its high ranking occupants.
The development of the S 600 Guard Pullman embodies the tradition and innovation of Mercedes-Benz in building large state carriages with factory-integrated special-protection features. The Stuttgart-based manufacturer is the only known carmaker that develops and builds remarkable Pullman limousines continuously for the past eight decades.
Formerly, Pullman cars were simply railroad sleeping cars with luxurious appointments developed by the American Pullman Palace Car Company but after sometime the name Pullman came to be associated with Mercedes-Benz cars with an extra long base and an extremely large passenger compartment in the rear. The rear compartment is separated from the front compartment by a partition. The rear compartment can accommodate four individual seats that are positioned in such a way that they are facing each other. Such seat positioning can accommodate four passengers to sit opposite each other in total comfort and style.
The first ever Mercedes-Benz car to be factory-fitted with special protection was in the year 1928. The long Pullman versions of the W 08/460 Nurburg model which was later on followed by the 770 K, which provided protection suitable to the status of the Japanese Emperor Hirohito. Eventually the 770 K was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz 600 which assumed the title of state carriage and has maintained such status for almost thirty years.
The Pullman Limousine was also used by the Federal Republic of Germany for its official business functions. Similarly, for other governments from other countries and many prominent dynasties, the Pullman limo became their official carriages. Due to the success of the Pullman limo various versions of Mercedes-Benz S Guard featuring special protection were also produced.
According to Dr. Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of DaimlerChrysler, The new Mercedes-Benz S 600 Guard Pullman continues an impressive tradition and, as before, will offer the very highest levels of protection, comfort and prestige.
The success of the Pullman limo was brought about by trusts of various heads of state, royalties, and governments all over the world on the vast experience and pioneering technical achievements of Mercedes-Benz when it comes to the construction of prestigious limousines featuring special protection. The first editions of the new Mercedes-Benz State limo are scheduled to ht dealerships in late 2008.
And speaking of high-quality vehicle construction, Mercedes-Benz is one company that can boost a treasure trove of magnificent creation. Like for instance, the Mercedes-Benz 190 also known as the W201 which cost the automaker 600 million for research and for its development. The 190 was a crucial model for the company and failure of which can bring down the rest of the automakers model range as well as the entire reputation of Mercedes-Benz. This is also one of the reasons why Mercedes-Benz has made sure that every Mercedes 190E part that it equipped the 190 is of the finest quality.
The automaker admitted that the 190 was massively over engineered. And they also said that it is not built just to compete with one or two of its competing brands but to promote a new side of Mercedes-Benz especially in the executive car segment. The 190 was also dubbed as the Baby Benz. The automaker has maintained quality not only in the production of the 190 but also in its range of auto parts like the Mercedes 190E parts.
About the Author
Dwyane Thomas is a part time cook and full-time auto-enthusiast. This 31-year old Civil and Environmental graduate is a consultant at one of the engineering firms in Pennsylvania.