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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 that went on sale in Germany in June with a range of new engines and an uprated interior.
Mercedes has revealed that G-Class sales have risen 50 percent 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 percent in April alone. The Chinese market is also thriving.
The top of the range is the G 65 AMG which is also the most powerful model in the Mercedes catalogue with a 456kW V12 turbocharged engine. The off-roader guzzles 17 litres of fuel per 100km.
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. They’re tough too - the majority of them are still in use on roads around the world. -Sapa-dpa