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20 Years Of Unimog Production In Wörth

Danish Army Unimog deployed in Estonia on the NATO eFP (enhanced Forward Presence) mission in 2021 [©Bob Morrison]

Production anniversary sees 20 years of Unimog production in Wörth ~ historical insight into production of the Unimog U20.


Press Release, Wörth am Rhein, 30 November 2022: [auto-translated] The Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth is celebrating a special anniversary: the Unimog has been produced here for 20 years. After the vehicle had been manufactured in the sister plant Gaggenau for many years, the production of the Universal-Motor-Geräts (Universal Motor Device) moved from Gaggenau to the Wörth plant in 2002. As a so-called special truck for particularly challenging tasks, the Unimog has since been produced in the largest plant for Mercedes-Benz trucks with a high proportion of manual assembly, which enables a particularly high level of flexibility in the processes.

Library image of military specification Unimog trucks in Austria in 2021 [© Bob Morrison]

To this day, the Unimog is still associated with the Gaggenau plant, where it was produced for over 50 years. The Unimog-specific portal axles, gearboxes and numerous other components are still manufactured in Gaggenau. The Unimog Museum is also located near the former production site. Since the start of production in 1951, more than 370,000 Unimogs have rolled off the assembly line at the Gaggenau and Wörth plants.

Customers use their Unimog models in more ways than almost any other vehicle. The all-rounder among commercial vehicles, for example, clears snow from the tracks of transport companies and tows broken-down trains, it is used to maintain greenery and is on the road as an emergency vehicle in the most difficult terrain. The Unimog also holds the world altitude record for wheeled vehicles by climbing the highest volcano in the world. The OFF ROAD Magazins readers’ choice of the also underlines its popularity and reliability: For the 18th time in a row, the Unimog was voted ‘Off-Road Vehicle of the Year’ this year.

Wörth production line [© Daimler Truck AG]

About the Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth: The Mercedes-Benz plant in Wörth was founded in 1963 and produces the Mercedes-Benz truck series Actros, Arocs and Atego. The Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks Econic and Zetros are also built here alongside the Unimog. Series production of the battery-electric Mercedes-Benz eActros started in October 2021, followed in July 2022 by the second series-production electric truck, the Mercedes-Benz eEconic. The location on the Rhine is the competence centre for Mercedes-Benz trucks in the worldwide production network and with around 10,000 employees it is the second largest employer in Rhineland-Palatinate.


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