Dr Dieter Zetche, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes Benz cars personally handed over the keys to the M-Class Popemobile in the Vatican city of Rome, which has been specifically built for the Pope and features a special-purpose body.
"It is an honour for Mercedes-Benz to be accompanying His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on his future journeys with our new Popemobile", said Zetsche at the handover of the new Popemobile in Rome. Dr Zetche said.
"As such, we are continuing our long-standing partnership with the Vatican. For more than 80 years now, Popes have been able to rely on the quality, safety and comfort of our Mercedes-Benz vehicles." Dr Zetche further said.