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.
Going the Extra Mile since 1935
Quester. Made to go the extra mile.
A culmination of 1.5 million engineering hours spent … 65,000 hours of testing or 400 test rigs… 650 components and trucks produced … 3.5 years from concept to serial production … a 100%-committed project team comprised of hundreds of specialists involved with differences in knowledge, experience, age and gender from all around the globe.
A new start as UD Trucks
After joining the Volvo Group in 2007, the company name was changed in 2010 to UD Trucks Corporation. The ‘UD’ trademark had been a symbol of the company and its products since the 1950s.
Birth of the flagship “Quon”
The heavy-duty Quon, integrated with the accumulated engine technologies of the Big Thumb series, including electronics and environment-conscious technologies, hit the market in 2004 and became the company’s flagship vehicle.
Low-emission, comfortable, safe: Big Thumb carves the way to a new era
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.
Debut of mid-size Condor
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.