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Christopher Bruce2013-07-19 17:11:29

Swiss Army Buys Mercedes-Benz G-Class 300 CDI Trucks

They will replacing aging Puch trucks

 
 
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The trucks will replace old Puch trucks from the Swiss military

The Swiss Army is buying the Mercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzMercedes-BenzGermany, 1924 > present197 models
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G-Class 300 CDIG 300 Diesel Station WagonMercedes-Benz G 300 Diese...Germany, 1993 > 19941 photo
to replace its aging collection of 4,189 PuchSteyr-PuchSteyr-PuchAustria, -0001 > present3 models
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180 GE trucks.

The Swiss Army liked the G-Class’ robust, proven technology and its easiness to drive by soldiers. It won out against three rivals in four tests by the military, including tests on trails, rough terrain, mountain passes and low temperatures.

Seventy-Five percent of the new trucks will be the four-seat station wagon G-Class, and the rest will have shelter-type bodies.

The trucks will be used to transport personnel and equipment around the country. The new G-Classes come stability control and front disc brakes, which were not on the older Puchs.

The military trucks will be powered by Mercedes-Benz’s OM642 diesel with 181hp and 295lb-ft of torque and a five-speed automatic transmission with a top speed of 160km/h (99mph). They are equipped with permanent all-wheel drive, reduction gearing and three differential locks. They have a ground clearance of 210mm and can ford water 600mm high. The dampers offer another 260mm of articulation. The trucks can take on inclines with a 64% gradient.

While the military has made its choice, for the purchase to begin, it has to be ratified by the Swiss Parliament.

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Mercedes-BenzMercedes-Benz
G-ClassG-Class
G-Class Gen.3G-Class Gen.3
G 300 Diesel Station WagonG 300 Diesel Station Wagon
Engine
Straight 6
Displacement
183 cu in
Top Speed
88 mph
Transmission
5, Manual
Maximum power
113 hp @ 4600 rpm
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Fuel
Diesel
Fuel consumption (combined)
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