Mercedes G-class based SUV given production go-ahead

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has given the go-ahead for the state's first production car.

The KSU Gazal 1 was designed by students of the King Suad University with significant input from a design studio in Italy. It is heavily based on the underpinnings of a Mercedes G-class.

See pics of the KSU Gazal 1

The car, which took two years to engineer, has a redesigned exterior, as well as a custom interior, but uses the original Mercedes petrol V8.

Its makers also say it has also been “designed to match the climate of Saudi Arabia”, and maintains the off-road pedigree of the go-anywhere G-wagon.

KSU says it expects to sell 20,000 Gazal’s annually, although no details have yet been given of when production will begin.

However, sources say a deal has been done that will see Merc supply Saudi Arabia with chassis and engines.

James Lewis-Barned

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18 June 2010

The pics link point to the Venom GT gallery, and I am sure that's not based on the G-class!

18 June 2010


18 June 2010

Good lord!!

18 June 2010


Why didn't the Saudis just buy Hummer and added bling? They would have ended up with a more tasteful car.

Anyone who buys one of these clearly can't be trusted to spend money wisely and should be taxed at 100%.

18 June 2010

I think to say it looks interesting is the best we can say about it.

18 June 2010

Very Saudi Arabian...

18 June 2010

One word perfectly sums up this car:


18 June 2010

It looks like the bastard lovechild of a Ssangyong thing and a Daewoo, only with added chromosones and was dropped repeatedly when young. Then hit with the ugly stick. It'll sell well in Saudi...

18 June 2010

They must have been drunk.

28bhp never felt so fast


18 June 2010

[quote Autocar]KSU says it expects to sell 20,000 Gazal’s annually[/quote]

Well, i Lol'd...


Please insert paragraps where needed.


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