MAN TrucksMAN are a truck manufacturer based in Munich, Germany. The company can trace its routes back to 1758, with the founding of St Anthony´s Ironworks in Oberhausen. The company branched out into many industries throughout the years, including locomotion and propulsion, investing heavily in new technology. In 1893, MAN engineers aided Rudolph Diesel in producing the world´s first diesel engine, however, it wasn´t until after the war that MAN started to focus more attention on commercial vehicles.
With over 51,000 employees in over 120 countries, and 1200 service points in Europe, MAN really are a forerunner in the transport engineering industry...
MAN currently offer 4 trucks:
- TGL - Local haulage.
- TGM - Construction/Utility/Light Haulage
- TGS - Heavy duty construction/local and regional distribution
- TGX - Long distance haulage
DAF cars were bought and rebadged as Volvo's in the mid 70's, but DAF Trucks continued and merged with Leyland Trucks in 1987. Perhaps DAF's most famous trucks was their 1988 International Truck of the Year 95-series. Not only did it provide excellent cabin comfort, but it featured a 12 litre I6 ATi engine with a 16 speed ZF gearbox.
DAF today are owned by PACCAR and are the only truck manufacturer to still produce trucks in the UK. They make up almost 15% of HGV market share within the EU. Their range includes:
- LF Series - Local and regional distribution
- CF Series - Local and regional distribution/long distance haulage/construction
- XF Series - Long distance haulage
With the 1986 part-acquisition of Ford Commercial vehicles in Europe, the award-winning IvecoFord EuroCargo was launched in 1993, which proved to be a big success for the company.
Today, Iveco employs 31,000 workers in 19 countries, offering vehicles ranging from 3.5 tonne to 44 tonne GVW, with 103 service centres within the UK.
Iveco's current line-up consists of:
- Daily - Light delivery
- Eurocargo - local and regional distribution/construction
The range consists of:
- Atego - Local and regional distribution
- Actros - Long distance haulage
- Axor - Long distance haulage
- Econic - Refuse
Renault Trucks manufactures and distributes a range of commercial vehicles from 2.8 to 44 tonnes, and provides accompanying services, which are designed for its customers’ activities of delivery, distribution, construction and long haul. Renault Trucks boasts 1,150 service points across Europe.
The Renault Trucks workforce is committed to satisfying the demands of road hauliers. The company, always attentive to customer needs, has set itself the goal of continuing to seek quality transport solutions by offering products and services that deliver reliability, cost-effectiveness, comfort and performance. By constantly developing its powerful values such as commitment, customer intimacy and honesty, Renault Trucks aims to meet its objectives and consolidate its development.
Driven by its conviction that the world cannot function without trucks and that our modern society depends on them for its existence, Renault Trucks provides solid support to truck operators, constantly striving to give the road haulage industry, its customers and their drivers a new sense of pride.
Everything Renault Trucks undertakes is characterised by three key values:
Commitment: the company has set itself the mission of supplying truck operators with the most efficient working tools which also have the lowest possible impact on the environment. Similarly, it supports them in the vital contribution they make towards ensuring that our modern economies operate smoothly.
Honesty: as a responsible player in its field, Renault Trucks is fully aware of what society and national economies need and reflects the true facts. An expert on questions of transport and mobility, Renault Trucks dares to state and reassert the important role played by road transport.
Customer intimacy: Renault Trucks develops and maintains close links with its customers and its drivers, allowing it to fully understand their wants and needs, provide them with greater satisfaction and support them at key moments.
Renault Trucks vehicle range includes:
Renault Magnum – Long haulage
Renault Premium Long Distance – Long haulage
Renault Premium Distribution – Local and regional distribution
Renault Midlum – Local and regional distribution
Renault Premium Lander – Construction
Renault Kerax – Construction
Renault Master – Light delivery
Renault Maxity – Light delivery
Becoming renowned around Europe for their durable engines and safety, in 1969, Scania-Vabis merged with Saab to become SaabScania, just a couple of months after launching the most powerful truck engine in Europe.
An independent brand again, Scania are still well known for safety and durable engines, and today employ 34,000 people within the 100 countires in which they operate. Scania makes up 15.7% of the UK market share and operates 90 service points nationwide.
The current models Scania offers are:
- P-Series - Local and regional distribution and light construction
- G-Series - Long haulage and heavy construction
- R-Series - Long haulage
Volvo Trucks began life began in 1928, a small factory in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since then it has grown to become the second largest truck manufacturer in the world, producing 341,875 (2005 est.) trucks and employing almost 22,000 people worldwide.
The trucks side of Volvo remained relatively low-key, until the invasion of further European countries (including UK and Ireland) in 1967, with the introduction of the critically acclaimed F88. Volvo Trucks became one of the first European manufacturers to enter the North American market, with the acquisition of the White Motor Company and Autocar.
Today, Volvo focuses mainly on long distance haulage, and produces 5 variants for the UK market:
- FH - Long distance haulage
- FMX - Heavy duty construction
- FM - Regional haulage
- FE - Regional distribution/refuse handling/light construction
- FL - Local and regional haulage
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