In 1991, Germany was exciting and everyone had a vision for what reunification might bring. Mercedes, for their part, thought a B-pillar-less minivan with an extra low belt-line, mobile fax machine and central driving position would suit the needs of a post-communist nation. They were wrong, of course. But they gave it a shot.
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Though this never made it to production, Mercedes did eventually release an equally hideous psuedo-minivan with a bunch of techy stuff in it.