Auf wiedersehen, Unimog U 20.
Since its birth in 1946, the Unimog has rarely strayed from its semi-conventional cab configuration. The short-lived UX100 was one exception, and the Unimog U 20, which launched in 2006, was another.
Although its frame shared much with the mid-range UGN U 300 model, the U 20 was designed to distill the advantages of the Unimog implement carrier range into a smaller, more agile, and less expensive package. Unsurprisingly, it was aimed primarily at municipal agencies, much like the oddball UX100.
The cab, cribbed from the Brazilian-market Accelo medium-duty truck, was placed forward of the front axle, and provided room for three. The truck’s footprint was nearly square: it stood just under nine feet tall, was 7 feet wide, and boasted a wheelbase of 8.9 feet. All this allowed for a turning radius of just over 41 feet. Still large, but by Unimog standards, the U 20 was quite compact.
The concept was intriguing, but ultimately short-lived. With the introduction of the latest range of Unimogs, the U 20 has been replaced with the four-cylinder U 216/218/ models, which use the same semi-cab-forward design as the middleweight models. Interestingly enough, these models sport an almost-identical Baumuster code of 405.090, while the U 20 carried 405.050.
Yes, these are gummy Unimog candies, shaped like the U300-U500 “implement carrier” series.
Yes, these are leftover from a press event in Europe.
Yes, these are probably being sold by a journalist trying to make a quick buck reselling pocketed freebies.
Yes, I bought two packs.
And no, I don’t much care for gummys…
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What does Europe do when floodwaters encroach?
Send in the ‘Mogs, of course…
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Oh, Daimler; you tease…