When Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche unveiled the 2019 G-Class in Detroit last weekend, the executive revealed he only believes there are four “automotive icons” that can withstand the test of time.
According to Zetsche, the “list of truly lasting automotive icons is not too long” and he believes the group includes the Ford Mustang, Jeep Wrangler, Porsche 911, and Mercedes 300 SL. He says all four models have three things in common including the fact that they “stand for something – with no excuses or compromises.” Zetsche explains this can include virtually anything from “design, simplicity, performance or utility.”
The second key attribute is “timeless appeal” which makes them desirable regardless of how long they’ve been around. Zetsche says part of this attraction is because they have a “defined look and [have] remained true to it.”
The third and final attribute is the fact that they have become legends themselves and have stories to tell.
Zetsche noted the G-Class embraces all of these attributes and this suggests he believes the luxury off-roader should be added to that list as well. The SUV’s iconic design has withstood the test of time and that’s part of the reason the 2019 model so closely resembles its predecessor.
While it’s hard to argue with Zetsche’s list, you could probably say it is missing a few cars such as the Chevrolet Corvette.
So what do you think of Zetsche’s list? It’s pretty definitive but feel free to discuss any additions or subtractions you would make in the comments below.