Friedrich's innovative Unimog design, created in autumn 1945, featured a track width of 1,270 millimeters, perfectly accommodating two rows of potatoes. This photo from the summer of 1947 shows the U1 prototype.Friedrich's innovative Unimog design, created in autumn 1945, featured a track width of 1,270 millimeters, perfectly accommodating two rows of potatoes. This photo from the summer of 1947 shows the U1 prototype.
  • From Friedrich’s Vision to a Global Icon, Daimler Truck marks the Unimog Journey
  • Unimog: Marking 75 Years of Innovation and Versatility in the Agricultural Industry

Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany – Tuesday marked a historic milestone, Daimler Truck said, celebrating the Unimog – the renowned Universal Motor Gerät – and its 75th anniversary.

The journey of this iconic vehicle began 75 years ago near Stuttgart, Germany, when the first Unimog rolled out from the Gebrüder Boehringer plant in Göppingen. This event, dating back to March 19, 1949, set in motion a success story that resonates globally to this day.

The origin story of the Unimog dates back to the immediate post-World War II era. Albert Friedrich, then the technical director at Erhard & Söhne and a former head of aircraft engine design at Daimler-Benz, envisioned a multi-purpose agricultural vehicle.

His design, an all-wheel-drive workhorse with four equally sized wheels, and an engine output of 25 hp, was aimed at meeting the diverse needs of the agricultural sector.

Friedrich’s innovative design, created in autumn 1945, featured a track width of 1,270 millimeters, perfectly accommodating two rows of potatoes.

This meticulous attention to detail and specific agricultural focus reflected the period’s strict requirements under the Morgenthau Plan in the American occupation zone, which aimed to transform Germany into a predominantly agricultural state. The initial delivery of the first-ever Unimog by the general distributor Kloz in Fellbach, mere months after production commenced, was a significant moment. It marked the beginning of a journey that saw the Unimog evolve from a utilitarian agricultural aid to a symbol of versatility and reliability across various industries worldwide.

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By Lisa Luckas

Lisa Luckas is a Sr. Business News Editor at Nobot.News.

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