Is that a giant mechanical frog? No, it's the new Unimog: Mercedes marks 60th anniversary of uber-utility vehicle with amphibian tribute
Last updated at 8:06 PM on 8th June 2011
Mercedes-Benz marked the 60th anniversary of its uber-utility vehicle, the Unimog, in a unique way - by making a model that looks like a frog.
The bright green four-wheel drive truck, called Concept Design 60 Years Unimog, was inspired by the poison dart frog.
The amphibian was the inspiration for the vehicle because, like the Unimog, it is 'extremely mobile both in water and on land'.
Milestone: The mighty Unimog is 60 years old and, to celebrate, Mercedes-Benz unveiled its new ground-breaking design
Homage: The poison dart frog was the inspiration for the vehicle because, like the Unimog, it is 'extremely mobile both in water and on land'
The choice of colour for the peculiar-looking vehicle is also a tribute to the first Unimog to roll off the production line, which was green.
The ground-breaking design was unveiled on Monday at a Mercedes plant in Worth, Germany.
The concept truck is built on the current Unimog U 5000 chassis, which is almost fully exposed to reveal bright red coil springs that contrast with its green body.
According to Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks director Yaris Pürsün, the team had as much fun making the truck as its appearance suggests.
Pioneering: The choice of colour for the peculiar-looking vehicle is also a tribute to the first Unimog to roll off the production line, which was green
'From the very beginning there was a unique spirt of cooperation. It has been a very emotional project which we all became very attached to,' he said.
The name Unimog is an acronym for the German 'UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät', Gerät being the German word for machine or device.
The versatile vehicles are often used as by military personnel, owing to their off-road capabilities.
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