Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Mercedes to Mark Unimog's 60th Birthday with Special Celebrations

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This year, Mercedes-Benz's Unimog truck celebrates its 60th birthday and to honor this milestone, the German automaker will host a special anniversary party on June 4. Fans, club members, owners of classic vehicles, drivers and owners of current models are all invited to the event, which will be hosted at the Wörth plant in Germany where the Unimog is built today.

The anniversary celebration will feature many attractions including a large exhibition of historical Unimog vehicles, special demonstrations on the off-road course, an "Old against New" show, and an opportunity to tour the plant.

There will also be a Unimog rally, in which 60 vehicles will be driven from the previous production location in Gaggenau via the Unimog Museum to the current production site in Wörth. On June 5, the celebrations will continue at the museum, where demonstrations with Unimog vehicles will take place, as well as specialist presentations and book-signings by famous authors of books on the Unimog.

The name “Unimog” is short for "Universal-Motor-Gerät", which stands for “universal motor unit” in German. Over the years, Mercedes’ hardcore truck has been used in a variety of tasks ranging from agriculture, construction, utilitarian work, military, security, expeditions and more. Since 1951, the Unimog has been produced in more than 300,000 units.


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