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Between 1975 and 1980 the [[Case Corporation]] (now merged into [[CNH Global]]) imported the U-900 model into the United States and sold it through Case tractor dealerships as the MB4/94.  
Between 1975 and 1980 the [[Case Corporation]] (now merged into [[CNH Global]]) imported the U-900 model into the United States and sold it through Case tractor dealerships as the MB4/94.  


In 2002 DaimlerChrysler tried to re-enter the North American market and engaged in 4 years of aggressive marketing, such as truck and trade shows, Modern Marvels, numerous magazine articles, extensive demo tours, and individual demos. North American retail models were officially limited to the U500 series (the North-America-specific member of the UGN series) sold through heavy-truck dealerships, generally [[Freightliner LLC|Freightliner]] dealerships.<ref>Bill Cawthon - [http://www.allpar.com/model/ram/unimog.html Freightliner and the Unimog]. February 22, 2001. Quote: ''Freightliner LLC expects to sell about 300 Unimogs in the U.S. in 2002.'' </ref> Freightliner is a [[Daimler AG]] subsidiary. The UGN series was specifically manufactured for the North American market and was significantly different mechanically from its European counterpart.<ref>[http://www.parker.waaps.com/uk/lit_page705c.html?page=2095&id=158 DaimlerChrysler Unimog: all-Parker connectors for braking system]</ref> The UGN faced stiff competition in North America by manufacturers whose truck or equipment lines performed some of the same duties as the Unimog. Some of them are [[Caterpillar Inc.|Caterpillar]], [[John Deere]], [[AM General]], [[Sterling Trucks]] (also a Daimler AG subsidiary), and [[General Motors]]. After 5 years and selling only 184 Unimogs, Freightliner LLC has exited the market. Parts and service support remain for 20 years.{{Fact|date=December 2007}}
In 2002 DaimlerChrysler tried to re-enter the North American market and engaged in 4 years of aggressive marketing, such as truck and trade shows, Modern Marvels, numerous magazine articles, extensive demo tours, and individual demos. North American retail models were officially limited to the U500 series (the North-America-specific member of the UGN series) sold through heavy-truck dealerships, generally [[Freightliner LLC|Freightliner]] dealerships.<ref>Bill Cawthon - [http://www.allpar.com/model/ram/unimog.html Freightliner and the Unimog]. February 22, 2001. Quote: ''Freightliner LLC expects to sell about 300 Unimogs in the U.S. in 2002.'' </ref> Freightliner is a [[Daimler AG]] subsidiary. The UGN series was specifically manufactured for the North American market and was significantly different mechanically from its European counterpart.<ref>[http://www.parker.waaps.com/uk/lit_page705c.html?page=2095&id=158 DaimlerChrysler Unimog: all-Parker connectors for braking system]</ref> The UGN faced stiff competition in North America by manufacturers whose truck or equipment lines performed some of the same duties as the Unimog. Some of them are [[Caterpillar Inc.|Caterpillar]], [[John Deere]], [[AM General]], [[Sterling Trucks]] (also a Daimler AG subsidiary), and [[General Motors]]. After 5 years and selling only 184 Unimogs, Freightliner LLC has exited the market. Parts and service support remain for 20 years.


===Motorsport===
===Motorsport===
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Unimogs are used in two kinds of competition: [[Dakar Rally]] and other desert [[:Category:Rally competitions|Rally competitions]], and slow-moving [[Truck Trials]] over obstacles.
Unimogs are used in two kinds of competition: [[Dakar Rally]] and other desert [[:Category:Rally competitions|Rally competitions]], and slow-moving [[Truck Trials]] over obstacles.


Unimogs have won the truck class of the Dakar several times in the 1980s, often by accident as their main purpose is usually to provide support for cars and motorbikes. High-powered factory-sponsored entries of truck companies aiming for the overall win have since taken the laurels, with Unimogs mainly used for service purposes. Occasionally they can be seen pulling much larger trucks out of [[quick sand]].{{Fact|date=November 2007}}
Unimogs have won the truck class of the Dakar several times in the 1980s, often by accident as their main purpose is usually to provide support for cars and motorbikes. High-powered factory-sponsored entries of truck companies aiming for the overall win have since taken the laurels, with Unimogs mainly used for service purposes. Occasionally they can be seen pulling much larger trucks out of [[quick sand]].


==Derivatives==
==Derivatives==
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==External links==
==External links==
{{commonscat|Unimog vehicles}}
 
*[http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/unimog.html Mercedes-Benz UK Unimog Website]
*[http://www2.mercedes-benz.co.uk/content/unitedkingdom/mpc/mpc_unitedkingdom_website/en/home_mpc/unimog.html Mercedes-Benz UK Unimog Website]
*[http://www.unimogtrucks.com/ North America Unimogs]
*[http://www.unimogtrucks.com/ North America Unimogs]
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