ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS CALL DAIMLER'S UNIMOG A "DAIMLERSAURUS"
WORLDWATCH INSTITUTE, Thursday, February 22, 2001
The Sierra Club and Worldwatch Institute today questioned Daimler
Chrysler's decision to market the mega 4x4 vehicle, the Unimog, in the
The Unimog, a converted German military vehicle manufactured by
Freightliner, a subsidiary of Daimler-Chrysler, bombed in the European
market but will be sold as a luxury vehicle in the US later this year.
Standing 9 feet 7 inches tall, 7 feet 6 inches wide, weighing 12,500
pounds, the Unimog out sizes even General Motors' Hummer and Ford's
Excursion, which caused public outrage over commercial vehicle sizes a
few years ago and won the Sierra Club's Exxon Valdez Award for
"With just five percent of the world's population, the United States
already uses more than one third of the world's transport energy," said
Worldwatch Institute President, Christopher Flavin. "At a time when oil
prices and global temperatures are rising, car manufacturers should be
investing in a new generation of efficient hydrogen-fuelled cars rather
than another round of gas-guzzling dinosaurs. "
Director of the Sierra Club's Global Warming and Energy Program, Dan
Becker says the DaimlerSaurus should be extinct. "With new dire warnings
from scientists about the consequences of global warming, we should be
looking for ways to reduce emissions from U.S. sources. Currently U.S.
cars and light trucks produce more global warming pollution than all but
four countries, mainly because U.S. auto makers build big, inefficient
vehicles. Daimler is making the problem worse with their new
If its hauling capacity were one pound more than its 26,000 pounds, the
driver would require a Commercial Truck Driver's License. And the Unimog
gets a mere 10 miles per gallon-even worse than the 13mpg achieved by
many gas-guzzling SUVs.
Switching from driving an average new car to a 13 mpg SUV for one year
will waste more energy than:
Leaving a refrigerator door open for 6 years
Leaving a bathroom light burning for 30 years or
Leaving a color television turned on for 28 years
See the New York Times article on the Unimog (21 February 2001):