75 years of the Unimog

In News, Mercedes-Benz1 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 8, 2021

Seventy- five years of the Unimog were celebrated last weekend in Gaggenau, Germany.

A convoy of 75 Unimog vehicles weaved its way from the production plant in Wörth am Rhein via Karlsruhe and along the country roads to the Unimog’s hometown of Gaggenau in the Murg Valley.

The Gaggenau plant produced the Unimog under the Mercedes-Benz brand name from 1951. This year marks a double anniversary of 75 years of the Unimog and 70 of those with the Mercedes star on the bonnet.

The initial birthplace of the “universally applicable motorised device” as the Unimog was originally known was in Schwäbisch Gmünd, where the first prototype underwent testing on fields and up hills as early as 1946.

Gaggenau is now home to the Unimog Museum, where everything revolves around the Unimog. On the museum’s grounds, visitors were able to take a look at the 75 vehicles which formed the Unimog convoy, while technology aficionados enjoyed the various presentations that were also made.