Originally Posted by McCartney
yes I know Mercedes is owned by Chrysler or whatever,
Just so other people reading this don't get confused, Mercedes is not owned by Chrysler and never was. Mercedes is a division of Daimler and was never part of Chrysler. But Daimler once merged with Chrysler, i.e., they bought Chrysler when Jurgen Schrempp was CEO of Daimler. They became DaimlerChrysler AG in 1998. Chrysler became part of Daimler, i.e., it was never called MercedesChrysler AG.
In 2007, they sold Chrysler to Cerberus Capital Management of New York. And in 2007 they changed the name of the company to Daimler AG.
The Mercedes Gelandewagen was originally developed by Steyr-Daimler-Puch. In the 1980's the company was sold off in bits and pieces and Daimler took over the G-Wagen while handing the production to Magna Steyr in Austria. Just a few years ago they signed an agreement to have Magna Steyr build the truck until 2015. Mercedes Benz, which is a division of Daimler AG, is in charge of R+D, production, marketing, and sales of the G Wagon and G series SUVs.