Benedict XVI blessing the pilgrims in
St. Peter’s Square.
05 December 2007.
Developed by Mercedes-Benz on the
basis of the G 500, over a two-year period in close
consultation with the Vatican, the new Popemobile has
been personally handed over to Pope Benedict XVI.
This open official car, which the
Head of the Catholic Church requested for use during
fine weather, will carry the Holy Father in front of
the 40,000 or so pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square
during his public audiences on Wednesdays.
in the Vatican mystic
The shining white, open-top
Mercedes-Benz G-Class is equipped with a folding
windscreen and hand-rails, and like its predecessors
it is painted in the Vatican mystic white finish.
The interior is likewise white, and
is accessed via steps lined in red at the rear. The
successor of Saint Peter holds his audiences in a
standing position, so that he is easily visible to all
The Holy Father is continuing a
long tradition with the new Popemobile from
Mercedes-Benz. Pope Pius XI was the first to receive a
Mercedes-Benz as an official car in 1930 - a Nürburg
460 Pullman limousine.
Over the following decades
Mercedes-Benz regularly provided the Vatican with
automobiles which had been specially converted for the
use of the Holy Father.
Today the Pope has several
Mercedes-Benz cars at his disposal. In addition to the
new G 500 Cabriolet, the fleet currently includes M
and S-Class models with special protection.