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The Mercedes-Benz G-class was originally created in 1979 to be used as a tough off-road vehicle, since then it has gone under a 33 year evolution. The new G-class is a refined, high-class, and practical off-road car. The series is considered to be the top models among luxury-class cross-country vehicles and was voted off-roader of the year, yet again this year.

Arizona G-Class drivers will be pleased to know Mercedes-Benz has taken significant measures to ensure that the G-class remains in a sector of its own among the off-road class. The newest model includes upgraded high-quality materials, a redesigned instrument cluster and center console, COMAND online infotainment system, navigation system, and internet access. The G 63 AMG also got an upgrade with an eight-cylinder biturbo engine and the ECO start/stop system now comes standard. Although the updates to the G-Class are noticeable they still keep the classic and timeless design that has made the G-Class an icon.

Dr Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars was quotes saying: “Our G-Class has been a force to be reckoned with for the last 33 years. In its latest evolutionary stage, it offers state-of-the-art, powerful engines, a further improved range of luxurious appointments and the very latest safety features, as well, of course, as its now legendary off-road capabilities. At the same time the design remains true to its down-to-earth, unmistakable style.”

On the outside there are small exterior modifications such as LED daytime running headlights and new exterior mirrors. The AMG version has a new radiator grille with double louvers and new bumpers with larger air intakes. Also for the first time 20-inch wheels are available.

Under the hood there is a range of engine options for the G-Class including the G 350 BlueTEC and the G 500. The basic version of the G 350 BlueTEC features a V6 diesel engine, with a 211 horsepower output. The BlueTEC technology developed by Mercedes-Benz aids the car to reduce emissions and be more fuel efficient. The other engine the G 500 has a powerful 5.5-liter V8 engine, which produces 388 horsepower. Both the G 350 and G 500 engines feature the 7G-Tronic Plus automatic transmission. A new engine option is the V8 biturbo engine that produces an amazing 544 horsepower and has the ECO start/stop system. Finally there is also a G 65 AMG V12 biturbo engine that produces the most horsepower at 612 hp, and is the most powerful series-produced cross-country vehicle engine in the world.

The technical and design upgrades make the G-Class continue to provide as an excellent on and off road vehicle. The new G-Class is available starting June 2012 at Arizona Mercedes-Benz dealers.

Jon Hamm is the award-winning actor who plays Don Draper on the AMC TV series “Mad Men,” and also the voice for Mercedes-Benz USA. You may have heard his voice in a commercial that Mercedes-Benz USA ran on local ABC stations in cities such as: Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, San Diego, San Francisco and Washington.  The commercial was seen by viewers of shows like “American Idol,” “C.S.I: Miami,” and “24” on cable channels Bravo, CNN, Discover, and HGTV.

But who is Jon Hamm? We decided to give you an inside look at Mr. Hamm and how he can be recognized in and outside of the Mercedes-Benz USA commercials.

Jon Hamm is a 41 year-old Missouri native who got his start in acting as a firefighter on NBC’s drama Providence. He made his feature film debut with one line in Clint Eastwood’s 2000 film, Space Cowboys. His breakthrough role came in 2007, when he was chosen to play the protagonist Don Draper in the AMC series Mad Men. Mad Men is a fictional show set in a 1960’s advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and the focal point of the series is on Don Draper (Jon Hamm). Don is the creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce advertising. The show depicts his personal and work life struggles while also capturing the ever changing social atmosphere of 1960’s America.  Mad Men debuted with almost 1.4 million viewers and a year after its first season Jon Hamm won a Golden Globe for his performance as the intriguing main character. Since the then the show has won fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes.

His character’s partiality to advertising has now transferred over to his real life in his 3-year contract with Mercedes-Benz USA. The campaign focuses on sustainability and the first commercial focused on the new S400 Hybrid. Jon described features and products such as the lithium ion battery, BlueTEC clean diesels, and a hydrogen electric car, where he was heard stating “What drives us is the desire to create not only the best cars in the world but for it”. A second commercial was released and highlighted the 2011 SLS.

See the ad here:

Be sure to check out your Chapman Arizona Mercedes-Benz dealerships for new Mercedes-Benz models including the ones featured in the Jon Hamm commercials.