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Editorial A new era for

Editorial A new era for a global group 3 Front page photos Sales Organisation Simply indispensable . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4 Three enthusiasts and five Unimogs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Proud parade: Our photographer recorded this remarkable line-up of rugged road-railers at the Road-Railer Symposium at the DaimlerChrysler plant in Rastatt (see pages 8+9) Road-railers: versatility means economy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Ready for all weather conditions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 “My entire working life” 12 Uniscope DaimlerChrysler supports Kosovo aid effort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 Cargo tractor for Stockholm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 U 90 Turbo for Innsbruck airport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Motorway maintenance: At the South Bavarian Motorways Depot, the Unimog is a master of all trades (pages 4+5) Publisher: DaimlerChrysler AG, Unimog Division Responsible for contents Dieter Sellnau, Unimog Division Coordination: Martin Adam, Unimog Division Editorial Board: Martin Adam, Erwin Kirschner, Dieter Mutard, Karin Weidenbacher Contributors to this issue: Copy: Michael Brettnacher, Stefan Loeffler, Dieter Mutard, Ute Risché Photos: Michael Brettnacher, DWM Pressebüro und Verlag, Unimog Division, Ute Risché Address for correspondence: DaimlerChrysler AG, Unimog Division Sales Promotion, D-76568 Gaggenau Production: Dieter Mutard DWM Pressebüro und Verlag, Ringstraße 11, D-89081 Ulm, tel. +49 731/9 62 89-0, fax +49 731/9 62 89-30 English translation: Paul Boothroyd & Ron Hughes for Bauer- Boothroyd Übersetzungen, D-73614 Schorndorf UNIMOG JOURNAL Your local Unimog partner Woodworking wonder: Martin Kühling’s carpentry business in Visbek is making more money with a Unimog (pages 12 + 13) The Unimog Journal is published twice a year. Next issue: Autumn 99. The publishers can accept no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts and photographs. Printed on paper bleached without chlorine. Printed in the Federal Republic of Germany

Editorial A new era for a global group – and for the Unimog It was called Day One in the history of the DaimlerChrysler Group – Nov. 17, 1998, a date that stands for breaking the mould and forging a new company, a global player in the truest sense of the word. From a position of strength on their home markets in North America and Europe, in the future every member of the DaimlerChrysler Group will be reaching out to expand first and foremost to the growth markets of Asia, South America and Eastern Europe. The Commercial Vehicle Division – already the most global operation in the Group – is no exception, and here too specific regional growth targets are being set. That’s good news for all our readers because it means that customer expectations will be met faster than ever before. Needless to say, as an integral part of Mercedes-Benz Trucks Europe, the Unimog Division as well is set to reap long-term benefits from this strategy. With its international corporate culture, the new global Group will be forging additional leeway for creativity and innovation. That sets the stage for the Unimog team in Gaggenau, and of course for all our distributors at home and abroad, in order to make use of synergy effects in terms of technology, business processes and structures. And as the new strategy also creates a high degree of security, it has triggered a genuine spirit of renewal within the company. For many years the Commercial Vehicle Division’s products and brands have been leading the field in the international commercial vehicle sector, none more so than Mercedes-Benz. As the world’s biggest manufacturer of trucks (over 6 t gvw) and buses (over 9 t), our company has a record of steady growth across the product spectrum. What’s more, in the Unimog we have a multi-func- tional implement carrier with a virtually infinite range of equipment and accessories, a vehicle you, our customers, still appreciate and love to drive more than 50 years after it was first launched. In the course of 1998, the Group’s 50 production plants around the world built a total of some 490,000 commercial vehicles, posting sales of DM 49 billion. With its significant contribution to consolidated earnings, the Commercial Vehicle Division has become a key pillar of DaimlerChrysler’s operations, underpinning its market leadership through the introduction of innovative models and penetrating new markets with highly competitive products. Up to now we have resumed to the main points in order to turn the focus from the new DaimlerChrysler over to the Unimog business. How do you, the customer, stand to benefit when we set the targets for new products and market growth as part of our corporate planning process? It is important to realise here, that behind all our considerations, there are fixed parameters that shape the way we work for and with you. These crucial criteria are: ● Professionalism – offered in all our products and services ● Innovative prowess – reflected not only in the way we engineer our products but also in the way we care for Unimog and the people who use them ● Customer orientation – expressed in the superior products we supply, in the way we exceed your expectations in terms of quality and service, and regularly keep in touch ● Quality standards – that wins us and the Mercedes-Benz Unimog your trust and respect ● Speed – in responding to customer wishes faster than the competition and transforming innovative ideas into marketable products and services ● Responsibility – that we shoulder wherever we work; for improving the quality of life and for protecting the environment. Hans-Jürgen Wischhof: “The new global Group will forge leeway for creativity and innovation.” As you can see, within the expanding framework of our new corporate group we have already set ourselves a list of objectives. In this edition of the Unimog Journal you can read about how some of these objectives have already been met: DaimlerChrysler placed trucks with provisions at disposal for the desperately needy refugees in Kosovo, a move organised in conjunction with the Johanniter Unfall-Hilfe organisation; the young master carpenter who has boosted efficiency by restructuring procedures at his workshop around his new Unimog; or the ability of the Unimog to run on both roads and rails. But whatever the job and wherever it happens, they all just go to show how unique the Unimog System really is. Our aim, and our firm intention, is to keep you fully informed about this remarkable product. Sincerely Hans-Jürgen Wischhof UNIMOG JOURNAL 3

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