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Just as Mercedes prepares to do away with one historic nameplate, it appears to be reviving another. The flagship of the next-generation S-Class range will wear the Pullman badge.

Pullman historically denoted long-wheelbase cars, most notably the famous “Grosser” 600 sedans. Mercedes head Dieter Zetsche told Autocar that the Pullman would supercede the regular long-wheelbase model in the new lineup

“We will continue in the market segment above €200,000 [£170,000],” said Zetsche. “It is important that Mercedes-Benz is represented. We have tradition at this level. We see a chance to extend our leadership at the top end of the luxury car market. We plan to extend the number of models, and a Pullman is included in those plans.”

Among the ways to differentiate the Pullman (aside from the extra-long wheelbase) will be a distinctive grille. The 600s of yesteryear had a Mercedes star emblem some 20 percent larger than other models. This should be a fair bit less subtle.

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Groß und Großer Edition http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gros-und-groser-edition/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-gros-und-groser-edition/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 20:15:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355718

Long-wheelbase Benzes have a long and proud history, having been owned by such icons of cool as John Lennon and Hugh Hefner, as well as infamous villains like Pol Pot, “Baby Doc” Duvalier and Jeremy Clarkson. And, as Auto Motor und Sport informs us, the decline of other glandular vehicles like the Suburban has not prevented a new round of six-door Benz models. In fact, something about this picture indicates that vehicular size inflation is not completely a thing of the past… can you spot it?

If you guessed that the new Benz by Binz (yes, that’s the company’s name) is simply larger than previous Großer models, you were wrong. The original 600 Pullman of 1963 measured 6.24 meters long, eclipsing this latest model’s 5.98 meters. And at 4,630-ish pounds, the latest Großer is a mere feather compared to the 1963 Pullman’s 6,100 pound dry weight. No, the answer is slightly less obvious than that…

That’s right, this is a Großer Kleiner. A stretched, six-door version of the Mercedes E-Class. Remember, Mercedes has a whole gross, er, Groß brand dedicated to 6+ meter-long, 6,000+ pound stretched S Classes: Maybach. But then, who could picture the next John Lennon in one of those?

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