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Date time stamp: 9/19/2020 9:59:03 PM
The truck departed the Kawaguchi Plant with President Adachi on board just a week after it was completed. The accompanying team envisioned a host of troubles along the way and as a matter of fact prepared various repair tools and replacement parts. The roads turned out to be much worse than expected. The mountain passes twisted and turned, flanked by perilous cliff faces. It felt more like an adventure that was not for the faint-hearted than an endurance test. The truck could barely even squeeze along many of the roads. The team looked for an alternative route, but each time to no avail. It was only their strong will and determination that got them through and they arrived back to the plant safe and sound after 13 grueling days on November 20.
In addition to merely completing the 3,000km journey unscathed, the results were superb. Not a single bolt came loose and not a single spring broke on the LD1 the entire time. What’s more, the ND1 remained in tip-top condition right up until the very end. The repair tools and replacement parts brought along were totally unnecessary. The milestone test was solid proof of the company’s exceptional production technology. This was something to be proud of, and when the truck successfully arrived back at the plant, everyone shared in the satisfaction. Four years had passed since the company first tried its hand at making a diesel truck in 1935. It was a time wrought with trials and tribulations.
Through it all, each person learned the importance of quality and worked as a team to boost production capabilities, and that’s what saw them through such a treacherous test without trouble. The company had succeeded in producing a diesel truck that possessed some of the most advanced technologies that Japan, and the world, had ever seen. This achievement instilled confidence and solidarity in the company’s employees and drove them toward the next endeavor—the mass production of diesel trucks.