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Mercedes PR Stunt Backfires: G-Wagen Convoy Stranded In The Outback

And not the steakhouse either, where suburban G-Wagens are usually sighted. No, Mercedes-Benz is launching a rescue mission deep into the heart of Australia's outback, where six of its off-roaders have been stranded.

Five standard G-Class models and one "military-spec" example are stuck somewhere along the Canning Stock Route, where they blew their shock absorbers while crossing some rough terrain. Fourteen people have been stranded and are now waiting for Mercedes-Benz to fly in replacement parts to a remote airfield near their base camp.

Luckily for the team, they have ample provisions and are in little immediate danger (as long as they watch over their babies for dingoes). But the 14-day crossing of the Outback still has 800 kilometers to go, across the aptly-named Great Sandy Desert.

"When we undertook this journey we were well aware of the punishment that the vehicles would endure," said Horst von Sanden, a managing director of Mercedes-Benz Australia. "We put in place a group of very experienced Outback operators who have the expertise and logistical knowledge to cover off any eventuality. "I have complete faith in the team out on the Canning and the thorough logistics and preparation the team have put in place."

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Bummer, that has got to suck.... But hey! On the bright side it wasn't major mechanical failure, just that they needed beefier shocks!

(MB can always blame Bilstien for cruddy shcoks)

On another note, I hope everyone on that adventure turned nightmare are ok and will come back in one piece!

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