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All crazy for the Unimog, the off-road and more extreme
It seems always the same, is a commercial vehicle, but for lovers of 4x4 the most extreme is the absolute dream. And still today, doi rage. Why? It is unstoppable and indestructible. Its history on the other hand, is well explained by these characteristics: Germany wanted a vehicle cab-over-engine, high-mobility. Thus was born the Unimog (from the German "UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät", meaning "vehicle universal motor"). It was the 6th of march 1946. The first Unimog, why deny it, were rather lumbering, well the project had so much meaning common techniques that his fame grew hand in hand with the fascination that this strange vehicle was manifested.

In his 73 years of lived history has been employed in the most varied situations, in fact they are more than a hundred accessories/tools that can be installed, helped by mounting directly into the factory pto and hydraulic system. These hook cutters for snow or arms cutter, tanks, fire fighting or drills holes by the plant, in short, just think of a job and “He” is able to accomplish the task with ease. His record of climbing the highest volcano in the world, 6.694 m, in Chile, but also serves as the transport of passengers every day on more near Etna, however, the 3,000 metres.

The constant evolution over the years has started from 1948, the Frankfurt motor show, with 150 orders and engine 82 Hp, then already in 1961 it had been built, 50,000, and in 1994, he touched the milestone of 300,000 units. Meanwhile, the engines decreased fuel consumption and emissions, up to today, with two ranges Unimog, UGE and UHE. The first is more compact, the second exceeds the length of 5 meters, and the fields of action are not always overlapping. The Fire Department, for example, are the bigger one with a tank off in the woods, the more compact to slip more easily in the narrow passages between the trees.

Unimog now has engines from 150 to 231 horses (all strictly Euro 6), automatic transmission, but especially a frame that fears no comparison. Based on longitudinal curvature of the central, can reach a twisting diagonal up to 600 mm, ideal to keep the wheels attached to the ground. To this are added then the suspension with a pipe thrust that compensate for the reactions of the road and, even more specific, the bridges on the portal, where a gear on the wheel move more in the top of the axle shaft and the differential. The light on the ground nearly half a meter, angles of attack and exit to 44 and 51 degrees, so a little less than a tank as mobility.

But the technical characteristic that the more it can astonish you called VarioPilot, and it is the ability to move directly from the interior of the cabin, and in a few minutes, the steering wheel and the pedals from left to right and vice versa, useful when the machine operator must work on the side of the road, maybe to mow the grass on the slope next without finishing below.

A curiosity? The disappointment of the department Unimog Mercedes-Benz Italy: “The problem with these vehicles is that it does not spoil almost never, very difficult to convince an administration to replace the one with a new model....”

The Unimog are all with driving licence “C” and have a list of simple, but a financing, its users, in fact, are mostly Bodies of the State, Entities and Municipalities. However, the small 219 we have found that you can buy with less than 100,000 euros.
Among the private Customers of Italian have in common a high income, and there is a Club Unimog, that index, annual gatherings, in parallel with the Club's counterparts from other european Countries.
Difficult to achieve economically – it costs even more than a Class “G” – is the dream of all those who enjoy off-roading, albeit in full respect of the environment.

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