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New Unimogs Developed


UnimogStuttgart/Gaggenau - The high-mobility Unimog model series U 3000, U 4000 and U 5000 have been newly developed for difficult all-terrain operations where roads and tracks are completely absent. They will start leaving the production line at the new Unimog production location in Wörth from autumn 2002, and are the successors to the Unimog chassis U 1550 L, U 2150 L and U 2450 L which will still be produced at the Unimog plant in Gaggenau until mid-year. The Unimog product division of DaimlerChrysler AG will present the new all-wheel drive vehicles to the general public for the first time at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show from September 12 - 19, 2002.

Thanks to their outstanding off-road capabilities the new Unimog series are eminently suitable for operations in the most difficult terrain or for safety operations around the world. The main areas of use for the new Unimog will therefore be firefighting – particularly forest fires - disaster aid, as basic chassis for expedition vehicles, non-civilian applications and servicing and maintenance work in locations where access is difficult. They therefore ideally complement the Unimog model series U 300 to U 500 presented in spring 2000, which are mainly intended as implement carriers for public sector applications, for municipal services, in the construction and energy sectors and in internal company transport.

The new heavy-duty all-terrain Unimog chassis U 3000 to U 5000 combine traditional Unimog characteristics such as solidity, robustness, durability, reliability and an almost legendary all-wheel-drive concept with the most up-to-date engine and transmission technology, as well as state-of-the-art ergonomics. Their great operational reliability contributes more than ever before to a superior level of overall cost-effectiveness with reduced maintenance costs and a high resale value.

The new all-terrain Unimog models owe their torsional flexibility to a flexible ladder-type frame consisting of two U-section side members with welded tubular cross-members. Portal axles at front and rear with differential locks, hub drives, control arms, a torque tube, coil springs, telescopic shock absorbers and front and rear stabilisers are standard features for the series. The all-steel cab with a roof hatch is also available as a crew cab. Like the engine, transmission, platform and body it has a three-point mounting and therefore follows every movement of the vehicle.

The new Unimog series U 3000 to U 5000 are designed for a gross vehicle weight of up to 12.5 tonnes. They are equipped with low-emission Euro 3 engines with an output range from 110 kW (150 hp) to 160 kW (218 hp). A Mercedes-Benz transmission with electropneumatic shift (EPS), pneumatically selectable all-wheel drive and an integral transfer case provides eight forward and six reverse gears, and also allows additional working gears to be installed if required. A single-circuit hydraulic system for implement operation is also available on request. The new Unimog models have pneumatic-hydraulic, dual-circuit disc brakes on all four wheels as standard, as well as disengageable 4-channel ABS.