The iconic Mercedes-Benz Unimog has been voted Best Off-Road Vehicle of the Year by readers of a specialist German trade publication.
This is the ninth occasion on which the award has been won by the Unimog, which had to fend off competition from 125 other off-road contenders.
Recently redesigned, the multi-purpose vehicle has a more powerful Euro 6 engine, a new front and a new interior instrument panel.
Noticeable here in Ireland for its work on the ESB Networks fleet, its permanent four wheel drive, power delivery systems, high ground clearance and rugged, off road capabilities have made it the vehicle of choice amongst defence forces, local authorities, fire fighters, ultility companies and others with need of a vehicle capable of functioning in all conditions.
Often used as snowploughs, municipal equipment carriers and in construction and agricultural situations, the Unimog is at home in conditions as diverse as jungles, mountains and deserts, on expeditions to remote places and as back-up vehicles in challenging events such as the Paris-Dakar Rally.
Meanwhile Mercedes-Benz recently signalled its product offensive intent by unveiling its Euro VI Unimog all-terrain vehicle, the Unimog implement carrier, and the Econic.