Mercedes-Benz Scores a Hole-in-One with New Golf Car
Soon discerning duffers can cruise the links in luxury with the new Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car announced July 14. The collaborative cart was developed by the renowned marque’s designers and the golf mobility specialists at Garia with support provided by Daimler’s Think & Act Tank Business Innovation team. The partnership began after Garia’s cofounder Anders Lynge entered a design contest from the Mercedes-Benz Golf page on Facebook in 2013.
As would be expected, the fairway-friendly Mercedes is the epitome of posh with a cabin featuring a touchscreen display that includes an electronic scorecard, course map and positioning presentation, hands-free Bluetooth connectivity, and power monitoring. The tablet has also been tailored to control the four-speaker sound system, ambient overhead cabin lighting, and speed-sensitive windshield wipers. Club management is made easy with golf bag mounts at the back (angled at a convenient 45 degrees) complemented by locking storage space. And when downtime calls for a drink, a five-gallon refrigerator has been built-in under the seat.
Advertised as a “real sports car,” the refined ride can drive to the green at 19 mph (propelled by its electric motor), is equipped with “sport’ and “eco” performance modes, and has a rate-dependent range of up to 50 miles per charge. The ultimate conveyance for true connoisseurs of the game, the vehicle comprises an aluminum chassis with double-wishbone suspension, a carbon-fiber canopy and seat frame, and a golf-ball-patterned front grille flanked by jewel-like LED headlights with chrome inlays. Adding an athletic aesthetic to its stance are 14-inch wheels.
Displayed for the first time at the British Open (July 10 to 17), the Mercedes-Benz Style Edition Garia Golf Car is currently a concept but there are plans for a production model to soon tee off. (arealsportscar.com)