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Mercedes-Benz takes top billing among readers of OFFROAD magazine in Daimler homeland

Readers of Germany’s specialist OFFROAD magazine voted Mercedes-Benz Unimog ‘Off-road Vehicle of the Year’ for an incredible 17th time in a row, with second-placed Sprinter 4x4 the best of the vans in the same category.

Unimog, on its 75th birthday, was the landslide winner in the ‘Special Vehicle’ category with 54.9% of the vote.

The universal power tool is popular around the globe for its ability to operate in extreme terrain across a wide range of applications.

“Unimog isn’t widely known in the New Zealand market, but it is very well-suited to our rugged conditions and can be configured for a variety of tasks in key industries, such as agriculture and forestry, as well as infrastructure maintenance and other specialist services,” says James Hudson-Owen, head of sales for Mercedes-Benz at Keith Andrews. “There are many options to choose from, so I would encourage people to give us a call to discuss how this truck could work for them.”

Responding to the win, George Nahas, Senior Manager Marketing & Support, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks, said: “We at Mercedes-Benz can celebrate two events in 2021: the 75th birthday of our all-rounder Unimog and again the victory in the OFFROAD readers’ choice for off-road vehicle of the year in the special vehicles category.”

Sprinting offroad

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 beat a number of other light commercial brands by a clear margin to win the 4WD van ‘sub-category’.

Thanks to more than 20 years of innovation, the Sprinter is the benchmark in safety, comfort, customisation and reliability.

This exceptional 4x4 light commercial vehicle takes that innovation and payload versatility to hard-to-reach places off the beaten track thanks to its Electronic Traction System 4ETS and adaptive ESP stability program.

See Sprinter 4x4 in action below!