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Efficiency in high mountains through self-steered trailing axle and all-wheel steering 

Vilshofen on the Danube/Lech am Arlberg. The community of Lech in Vorarlberg in Austria has received a powerful all-round vehicle for all-season application in winter and summertime. For this purpose, Paul Nutzfahrzeuge has equipped a Unimog U 530 with a steered and air-suspended trailing axle as well as an all-wheel steering system. This new generation Unimog is the most powerful professional implement carrier of its kind. The vehicle was handed over on 4 February 2016 by Gerhard Netbal and Paul Schmidhuber from the Pappas Group and Martin Bauer, head of the marketing department of Paul Nutzfahrzeuge GmbH to Ludwig Muxel, mayor of the community of Lech am Arlberg and Günter Schneider, head of the municipal building yard of Lech am Arlberg.

On behalf of the Pappas Group, for the first time the Lower Bavarian specialist for modified vehicles has now fitted a Unimog U 530 of the innovative Euro-6 generation with a self-steered trailing axle and theassociated steering hydraulics and steering electronics for the community of Lech am Arlberg. The special equipment increases the gross vehicle weight of the off-road all-wheel drive vehicle to 25 tons. The range of applications for mowing and snow clearing operations and thus the all-season usage is considerably enhanced by the increased maneuvrability and the increase of payload to 14 tons. For example, the use of cost-intensive support vehicles to remove mowed grass or cleared snow is no longer necessary thanks to the conversion measures carried out in the production plant of Paul Nutzfahrzeuge at Vilshofen on the Danube. Thereby, however, these measures not only increase the environmental compatibility but also enhance the well-known high efficiency and flexibility of the Unimog implement carrier even more. This is an important factor because it increases the Unimog’s suitability considerably when working in the narrow lanes and steep mountain passes of the Austrian alpine region at the Arlberg.

„With this new three-axle Unimog implement carrier we have a highly efficient working tool at our disposal that allows for a broad range of use in each season and thus for a quick and seasonally independent action“, says Günter Schneider, head of the building yard of the Lech am Arlberg community. „It enables us to present a cultivated landscape with well-kept public gardens, meadows and parks, as well as free driveways for residents and visitors alike at all times of the year. This increases the attractiveness of our community considerably“, adds Ludwig Muxel, mayor of Lech am Arlberg.