The Mercedes-Benz GLA (Great OverLand Adventure) world tour vehicle reached the Auto Hanger showroom in Nagpur today where it was showcased. The tour is to show the technological prowess that Mercedes products are made of.
GLA is a journey of epic proportions which covered all the six continents and remains one of the most challenging feat for both man and machine! The journey started a year ago from a production facility at Pune – the hometown of Mercedes-Benz India. Journalists from NDTV, EVO India and AutoX took on the mantle of driving these two made in India cars across the world!
The cars were driven from Pune and Mumbai and then straight away airlifted to Istanbul in Turkey. The cars then began their journey northwards into Europe covering countries like Hungary, Austria, Germany, Luxemburg, France, Italy, Portugal, United Kingdom and Spain. It was from Spain that the vehicles were put on a ferry to Morocco in Africa. From Morocco the vehicles went to Western Sahara and Marituana. The journey further was halted because of local civil unrest and the team had to return to Casablanca.
From Casablanca, the cars were sent to USA, wherein they landed in New York and started their journey westwards. The GLA travelled across the USA until San Francisco. From USA the GLA entered Mexico and started travelling southwards to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, Panama finally entering onto South America in Equador. The GLA was then sent to Australia wherein it conquered the entire Australian outback before finally making its way home via Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar.
In total the GLA travelled all six continents and over 28 countries clocking over 50000 kms in the journey! What an exciting journey that must have been for sure!