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* Considerably more economical than comparable all-wheel drive tractors
* 18.89 litres per hour instead of 32.07 litres per hour
* Report by the German Agricultural Society (DLG)
Wörth/Groß-Umstadt, Germany, Nov 25, 2008 – According to an expert report by the German Agricultural Society (DLG) in Groß-Umstadt, Hessia, the Mercedes-Benz Unimog proves to be a particularly economical vehicle for e.g. transport tasks and mowing operations. During a transport assignment on level ground, a Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 400 with a trailer load of 21 t consumed only 18.89 litres of fuel per hour, compared to a mean consumption for tractors of 32.07 litres per hour. The speed in each case was 50 km/h. Converted into litres per 100 km, this equates to 42.84 l/100 km for the Unimog versus 71.89 l/100 km for an all-wheel drive tractor. If one extrapolates this additional fuel consumption of around 13 l for 10,000 operating hours, the tractor incurs higher operating costs amounting to around € 195,000 (with diesel fuel at € 1.50 /l).
The Unimog is produced in a "plant within a plant". At the major production location in Wörth near Karlsruhe, the largest truck plant in Europe, the product category Special-Purpose Vehicles (PBS) has its own production line where 750 personnel produce around 2000 Mercedes-Benz Unimog per year. The expertise here cover many sectors, as the Unimog is used in a wide variety of sometimes extremely demanding operating areas, whether it is the new U 20, the U 300, U 400 and U 500 implement carriers or the models in the all-terrain U 3000, U 4000 and U 5000 series. The Unimog has now been around for 60 years, and more than 325,000 units have been produced to date.
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