DaimlerChrysler offers a series of sport utility vehicles to the public under the Mercedes-Benz brand as G-Class, commonly referred to as the G-Wagen. Initially developed for military use in the late 1970s, the G-Wagen is a joint Steyr-Daimler-Puch development, assembled by Magna Steyr in Graz, Austria, with Mercedes providing the drivetrain and interior design and Steyr retaining distribution rights in certain regions under the Puch name. In 1990 the chassis was revised to what is now known as the W463 model with anti-lock brakes and a full set of electronically-locking differentials. The V8-powered 500GE was new for 1993, intended to provide a luxury car experience. In 1994 the naming scheme changed, introducing the turbo 2.9 L Diesel and the V6 G320 engine. In 1997 the range was refreshed, including a power-topped convertible. The luxury G-wagon returned in 1998 as the G500, with official sales in the United States in 2002. The 349 hp G55 AMG was released in 2004 and the 476 hp G55 with a 0-60 time of 5.5 seconds was introduced the same year.
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