Volkswagen And Mercedes Showcase Their Latest Emergency Vehicles At RETTmobil

BMW recently revealed a full lineup for this year’s RETTmobil show in Fulda, Germany. But the Bavarian manufacturer isn’t the only automaker showcasing its latest range of emergency vehicles at the trade expo. So too are Volkswagen and Mercedes, both of which have detailed their own rosters for the show.

Between its passenger-car and commercial-vehicle divisions, VW is displaying no fewer than eight vehicles at Europe’s preeminent rescue vehicle show. Included among them is a Tiguan Allspace outfitted as an ambulance, complete with flashing lights, and preparatory radiological equipment.

It’s joined by a T-Roc equipped as a first-responder vehicle, as well as Golf Variant and Arteon command cars, a Sharan ambulance, a Combi fire-fighter’s vehicle, and ambulance and rescue transport units based on the big Crafter van.

Mercedes has similarly arrived in Fulda with emergency-equipped versions of the new Sprinter van and X-Class pickup truck – both of which are being shown at the expo for the first time. They’re joined by similarly converted examples of the go-anywhere Unimog (set up as an off-road fire truck) and the GLC 350e hybrid crossover (set up as an ambulance), as well as the Vito van and Atego truck. All of which just goes to show how expansive Daimler’s lineup of trucks and vans really is – and that’s not even counting the vast majority of its passenger cars.

Unfortunately neither has revealed nearly as many photos of their respective ranges as BMW did. But the organizers of the show were good enough to provide some images from the exhibition, and we’ve included a selection below.

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  • Enter Ranting

    The last thing I want showing up to take me to the hospital is a Volkswagen.

    • LWOAP

      Lemme guess, Dieselgate right?

      • Enter Ranting

        Dieselgate, monkey-gassing, but mostly reliability. I’d like to make it to the hospital.

        • Matt

          Gee, I wonder if there are statistics that show a large number or German patients who die before they get to hospital because their ambulance broke down.

          • Enter Ranting

            There probably isn’t a study on that, Matt. But Volkswagen’s poor reliability is no secret. And there are studies that detail how Volkswagen gassed monkeys in cages in an attempt to prove the “cleanliness” of their diesel engines.

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