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80 years of Going the Extra Mile

Since the establishment of our company in 1935 to present-day UD Trucks. Read the first stories below that shaped us into the modern smart company we are today.

Low-emission, comfortable, safe: Big Thumb carves the way to a new era

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Environmental issues such as air pollution and global warming came under close scrutiny once the 1980s rolled around. Since then, regulatory values have gotten stricter year by year with the enactment of various automotive exhaust regulations in Europe and the United States coupled with the strictest worldwide brought into effect in Japan.

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Debut of mid-size Condor

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Trucks became key to logistics as needs in the transportation industry diversified. This was being driven by a shift from the mass production of single products to high-mix, low-volume production and the expansion of cold chain logistics for transporting fresh produce and frozen foods in the food distribution industry.

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SD engines perform well in the United States

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In addition to the UD engine, other UD engines such as the small-size SD engine were being exported to Chrysler. The SD engine was a four-cycle diesel engine with improved high-speed rotation made possible via a swirl-type combustion chamber.

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Engine exports to Chrysler

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In 1966, the company received an inquiry regarding UD engines from Chrysler, one of the “big three” U.S. automakers.

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Completion of the first heavy-duty cab-over truck

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

In 1960, the company changed its name to Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd. following its acquisition by Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. The company’s first cab-over truck, the large 8-ton TC80G, made its debut at the All Japan Motor Show in 1960, with the sleek, original cab design housing a 165-horsepower UD4 engine creating quite a sensation.

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