How Well Do You Know Semi Truck Brands?

By: Craig
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We see them every day on our roads, hauling cargo across the country. And you probably know a few brands such as Iveco, MAN, Renault and Volvo. But could you identify more as well as historical brands that are no longer in existence?

Bering is a fairly modern truck company and was only established in 1997 in Virginia. This made them the first new American trucking brand in over 70 years. Sadly, they only lasted until 2001 when their supplier, Hyundai entered a new contract with Daimler and terminated the contract.

Oshkosh is a famous name in trucking in the United States and was established in 1917. From the start, they built four-wheel-drive trucks, the first of which, 'Old Betsy' is still housed at one of their assembly plants.

Established by Heinrich Büssing in 1903, Büssing built trucks until 1971 before they were absorbed into MAN.

Operating from 1896, Thorncroft built a range of vehicles in the United Kingdom before closing in 1977. These included trucks such as the 6.5 ton Jupiter.

The Cline Truck Manufacturing company was started by Max Cline in Kansas in 1952. The company became a division of Isco Manufacturing in 1972 although the Cline name returned in 1979 under T&J Industries and later C.B.T. Corporation.

These all-wheel-drive trucks are sold under the Mercedes Benz name and form part of the Daimler group. Unimog is an acronym for the full name of the brand, UNIversal-MOtor-Gerät

Founded in 1899, Corbitt first manufactured horse-drawn carriages, then cars and finally trucks. The company was sold to United Industrial Syndicate in 1952 with the Corbitt name disappearing by 1954.

Korean manufacturer Daewoo was bought by Indian company Tata in 2004 after forming as a spin-off of Daewoo Motors in 2002. They currently supply two trucks to transport businesses around the world, the Novus and the Prima.

Part owned by Toyota, other than making commercial vehicles, Daihatsu also manufactures trucks including the HiLine, HiJet, and V100.

Established in 1897, Autocar began manufacturing trucks in 1899. Despite the company changing hands several times and even forming part of Volvo, the brand remains to this day. It is currently owned by the GVW Group,

Leyland has a long history of vehicle manufacturing in the United Kingdom. Currently, Leyland Trucks is a subsidiary of PACCAR and continues to manufacture trucks marketed under the DAF name badge.

Founded in 1942, Freightliner produces a range of heavy duty trucks. The company is now a Daimler Trucks North America subsidiary.

This American truck manufacturer produced vehicles such as the C-116 Giant. The company was established in 1967 but closed in 1995.

One of the leading vehicle manufacturers in the world, Chevrolet has produced trucks throughout its history. These include models such as the Titan, made between 1969-1987.

Established in 2003, Mitsubishi Fuso is a subsidiary of Daimler AG, which owns 85% of the company. The other 15% is owned by Mitsubishi. Fuso is one of the biggest truck manufacturers in the world.

Established in 1903 and certainly no stranger to the US automobile scene, GMC has also produced trucks throughout the years. One notable model was the GMC Astro, a class 8 vehicle manufactured between 1969 and 1987

Although they are known as producers of some of the finest luxury vehicles in the world, Mercedes Benz manufactures trucks under many different name badges. These include UNIMOG, Western Star, and Fuso to name a few.

This German truck manufacturing company was established in 1864 and started manufacturing trucks as early as 1910. They currently form part of the Iveco group.

White Motor Company originated in 1901 and produced both cars and trucks. In 1967, it founded Western Star trucks. Despite numerous mergers, the company closed in 1980.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, Hayes produced a range of heavy-duty trucks over the years. They were primarily used for logging. The company was bought by PACCAR in 1975 and closed.

Although they built a range of heavy-duty trucks throughout their existence, in 2007, Ford sold off their truck division but still continue to build medium class trucks such as the F-650 and F-750.

A subsidiary of Toyota, Hino is one of the biggest truck manufacturers in Japan. Its products are also sold around the world, including models such as the Hino 700.

British truck manufacturer Commer was established in 1905. It built a range of vehicles, including heavy duty trucks, until 1979.

Other than making passenger vehicles, Korean manufacturer, Hyundai, also makes a range of trucks which are sold all over the globe.

Based in Sweden, Scania was established in 1891. As one of the biggest truck manufacturers in the world, Scania has 10 factories around the world including Europe, Asia and Africa.

Established in 1878 as a petroleum company, Isuzu makes a range of pick-ups as well as heavy-duty trucks. These are sold all over the world and include the N-Series and FX-Series.

The GAZ company was formed in 1929 as a partnership between the Soviet Union and Ford. Other than making various automobile models over the years, GAZ has also produced many different heavy-duty trucks.

Now a division of PACCAR, Kenworth was established in 1912. This is a popular truck brand in North America that make a range of models including the T600 and T800

Founded in 1975 in Turin, Italy, Iveco is one of the major truck manufacturers in Europe. They make a range of models including the Stralis heavy duty truck.

Established in 1900, Knox produced tractors and trucks until 1924.

An American Fortune 100 company, Caterpillar is known for its construction vehicles but in 2011 began selling trucks. These are mainly in the Class 8 division and include the Cat CT660.

American truck brand, Mack, was established in 1900. Current models include a range in the Pinnacle series such as the Rawhide and Sleepers. Mack is currently part of Volvo.

Founded as Atkinson in the United Kingdom, the company merged with Seddon in 1974 to become Seddon Atkinson. Now it forms part of Iveco and trucks made by the company include the Euromover range.

This Japanese company was founded in 1950. It is currently owned by the Volvo group and produces truck models such as the Atlas and Condor.

A subsidiary of PACCAR, the Peterbilt Motor Company was established in 1938. They are currently based in Texas and build Class 5 through to Class 8 trucks.

Owned by the Volvo group, Volvo Trucks is based in Sweden and originated in 1928. Today, they sell over 100,000 trucks each year and the company has factories in 15 countries.

Founded in 1967 by White Trucks, Western Star produce a range of modern trucks including the 6900 and 4900 series.

Established in 1998 and based in China, Beiben produces heavy trucks in use all around the world but particularly Asia. The company began life building vehicles for Mercedes Benz trucks.

Believe it or not, Tesla plan on making a Class 8 semi-trailer truck. This was first mentioned by the company in 2016 with designs for prototypes shown in 2017. These trucks will be available in 2019.

Based in Texas, Marmom produced luxury trucks between 1963 and 1997. Marmom was often referred to as the Rolls Royce of the trucking world.

Mexican truck producers Dina were established in 1951. They manufacture a range of heavy-duty trucks sold in Europe, Asia and South America.

Renault Trucks, now part of the Volvo group, are popular in Europe. Current models include the Premium, Access and Midlum.

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