If you have ever wanted to stand out on the golf course, Mercedes-Benz has the perfect tool for you.
The German automaker has revealed the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car, as an attempt to reinvent the world of the golf cart. The company calls it a “real sports car,” and it’s the result of a collaboration between Mercedes-Benz designers, Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation and golf cart manufacturer Garia.
Three years ago, Mercedes-Benz called on golf and automobile enthusiasts from around to world to submit their ideas for a Mercedes-Benz golf cart of the future. Through the process, the automaker found that golf carts are have been unchanged for decades, and the designs submitted showed that the golf cart was long overdue for a makeover. The best submissions from the competition actually spurred the process for Mercedes to develop the golf car.
On the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car, driver and passenger have a view through a large, curved windscreen while a carbon fiber roof sits on top. Featuring short front and rear overhangs, the company says it slightly resembles a baseball cap, helping make it look low and sporty. There’s also a small rear spoiler that serves as a golf bag holder and can accommodate two golf bags slanted rearwards.
There’s a lot of minor details too, with a refrigerator under the bench seat and a storage tray under the dashboard that can hold golf balls aligned in a row. Powering the Garia Golf Car is an electric motor that powers it to a top speed of 19 mph and a range of up to 50 miles, while charge time is six hours.
Garia will initially build two examples as show cars, but the company will use feedback from enthusiasts for the production model.
“With the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car we are offering a high-end golf cart which is absolutely unique and was specifically developed for sporting golfers and the sport they enjoy,” said Dr. Jens Thiemer, vice president marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Our communication bears the lighthearted slogan ‘a real sports car.'”
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