The first year of production for the Mercedes Unimog was 1948, although drafts had emerged as early as 1945. Daimler-Benz took over production in 1950. The original Unimog was revolutionary for its combination of off-road capabilities and cross-country potential.

Even today, Unimogs are remarkably versatile. Power companies use them to test power lines, and airports employ them to keep runways clear. Many municipalities also use them with snow plows and other road maintenance gear. Unimogs are also quite common in agricultural settings and in construction. Moreover, their off-road capabilities make them an excellent vehicle for fighting fires, and their compact size makes them ideal for municipal mowing.