Loading of the vehicle

When loading the car on trucks, railroad, or on ships in particular, the following precautions must positively be observed in view of the air suspension system. It is our courteous request that you inform the stowing personnel accordingly, if required.


Transport on goods train, truck or ship (overseas) - without accompanying person.

1. Have emergency rubber buffer built in.

2. Set lever switch for air suspension system on “Central position”.

3. If the car is stowed on ships, the following points are to be observed, in addition: Loading must be done with a suitable loading gear. Sea-Safe-troughs are allowed neither for loading in or loading out. In order to avoid maneuvering of the car in the ship, the vehicle should be stowed only right under the hatchway, preferably in compartment 2 or 4. During an extended trip it is to be accepted that the upper part of the vehicle will lower down; hence, the vehicle must be checked during the voyage. Somebody has to care for retrimming of the lashings in time. The remaining instructions of our Ocean Shipping Specification - latest edition - are valid unchanged for shipping to USA and Canada.

4. Set the selector lever to “P”.

5. Pull the handbrake so that it is positively tightened.

6. Anchor the lashings at the bumper supporting eyes as illustrated at the left Lashings must be tightened outwardly at a maximum angle of 30 deg. to the horizontal to permit the car a certain freedom of vertical movement. On railway cars, elastic lashing is a practical measure. Don’t anchor lashings at the car’s axles.


Transport by ferry boats, on ships for short periods, or special wagons with passenger trains.

1. Prior to loading, set the lever switch for air suspension to “H”; let the motor run with raised idling speed until the car has adjusted itself to a high level. Drive to the stowing room with selector position “H”.

In the stowing room:

2. Set the selector lever to “P”.

3. Pull the handbrake so that it is positively tightened.

4. Set the lever switch for air suspension to “Central position”.

5. If lashing is prescribed by the shipping agency, proceed as per A 6.

6. When loading with ship’s cranes, par. A 3 applies accordingly; in this case, the lever switch for air suspension must be on “Central position”.

Unloading the car

1. After loosening the lashings make sure that there is sufficient ground clearance in cases where no emergency rubber buffers are installed.

2. If the car stands too low, make the engine ready for operation. In the position “H” of the lever switch for air suspension let the engine run with raised idling speed until the car has assumed a high level.

3. Unload. When working with the ship’s cranes, mind par. A3; lever switch for air suspension on “Central position”.

4. Before the car can start driving, let the emergency rubber buffers remove, as the case may be.

5. For driving, set the lever switch to “N”; or to “H” if so required.

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