PORTLAND, Ore. — Freightliner LLC has rolled out the Unimog 500, a unique work vehicle designed for specialized applications such as firefighting, construction and highway maintenance service.
Freightliner says the Unimog 500 is built as an implement carrier, and has a factory-installed hydraulic system and controls that make it easy to reconfigure vehicle equipment for numerous applications.
Equipment commonly used with the Class 6 and 7 vehicle includes aerial man lifts, tree trimmers, augers, cranes, snow plows, salt spreaders, street sweepers and specialized brush cutting and firefighting equipment.
“The Unimog U500 gives specialized North American commercial truck buyers a proven multi-functional vehicle that’s extremely adaptable and capable of excelling in very specific vocational truck applications,” says Bob McTernan, director of Unimog North America for Freightliner LLC.
The Unimog was originally introduced in Europe in 1951. Freightliner says “a few hundred thousand” of the vehicles have been produced and sold worldwide.
Manufactured at the Mercedes-Benz truck plant in Worth, Germany, it’s being marketed and sold under the “Unimog” nameplate in North America through selected Freightliner Trucks, Sterling, Western Star and Americfan LaFrance dealers in the U.S. and Canada.
Freightliner is beginning deliveries of the U500 this month.
More information about the Unimog U500 is available a www.freightliner.com.
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