January 24, 2012

Riding high with the Unimog 5000

The Unimog 5000 meets even the most challenging objectives – it is used between May and October each year to carry the streams of tourists from the Etna cable car station at 2,500 metres up to the Torre del Filosofo. Here, at 2,935 metres above sea level, is
where the hiking trail begins for those tourists who want to be as close as possible to the lava fields. More than 300,000 tourists are drawn each year to Sicily by the prospect of climbing Mount Etna.

The Unimog range, which has been built since 2002 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Worth, is the ideal candidate for use in the harsh conditions that prevail on Etna – the only vehicle concept of this type in the world, it guarantees the ultimate off-road capability. A flexible ladder frame, all-wheel drive with differential locks in both axles, which are in fact portal axles, and the central tire inflation system Tirecontrol – every single technical detail plays its part in ensuring that the 'Universal-Motor-Gerat', or 'Universal Motor Device' – the German version of which provides the acronym that makes up the Unimog name - remains a dependable partner on the rough tracks and ash fields of Europe's highest active volcano.


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