UD Trucks Corporation is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacturing and sales of diesel trucks. Its headquarters are located in Ageo, Saitama, Japan. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Volvo Group since 2007. Before 2010, the company was known as Nissan Diesel.
The UD name was originally used for the company’s Uniflow Diesel Engine (a two-stroke diesel engine), developed in 1955, but is now marketed as meaning “Ultimate Dependability”. Since its inception in 1935, the company has been an innovation leader with a clear vision to provide the trucks and services the world needs today. The UD Trucks company is committed to going the extra mile for smart logistics with the most dependable solutions for demanding customers.
History of UD Trucks
December 1935, Nihon Diesel Industries (now evolved into UD Trucks) was born. The first LD1 diesel truck was completed in November 1939. The LD1 completed the 13 day and 3,000km test drive without a single fault or breakdown. At the time, no Japanese company made large trucks with engines in the 200-horsepower class required for the long-distance transportation industry. In 1949 development of 7.5-ton-payload TN93 series trucks started.
In 1955:- The UD name was born, when Minsei Diesel Industries introduced a range uniflow-scavenging 2-cycle diesel engine. Of course, the UD stood for “Uniflow Diesel”, named after the engine they had invented for use in their trucks. The production of various trucks with 81 kW (110 PS) UD3, 110 kW (150 PS) UD4 and 169 kW (230 PS) UD6 engines began.
1957 to 1982
In 1957:- The development of Japan’s first 10-ton-payload 6TW10 series trucks called “Jumbo” in overseas markets began.
In 1960:- The company name was changed again, this time to Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd. Forward-control trucks and truck tractors were also introduced. 70 to 80-ton crane-carrier truck series were also introduced to the line-up.
In 1973:- Light-duty trucks were produced for the Nissan Motor Company.
In 1982:- There was the introduction of the new forward-control cab for CWA52/45 series trucks, CKA-T series truck tractors. As of 1985 the company had a wide range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, and special-purpose vehicles such as crane carriers.
2000 to 2017
In 2000:- Nissan Diesel introduced new heavy-duty trucks in Japan and Asian countries. Also, in 2003, Nissan Motor and Nissan Diesel reached a basic agreement on a light-duty truck joint venture.
In 2010:- Nissan Diesel changed its name to UD Trucks. At the same time Nissan Diesel Trucks Japan, a 100% owned sales company of UD Trucks in Japan, changed its name to UD Trucks Japan.
In 2016:- UD Trucks started selling the Kazet, a new light-duty for the Japanese market that is supplied by Mitsubishi Fuso.
In 2017:- UD Trucks launched new versions of the Quon and Condor trucks. The Condor, a medium-duty truck, is supplied by Isuzu Motors as part of an OEM agreement, mainly for the Japanese market. The company also launched a new Croner Truck and the light-duty Kuzer Truck, both aimed at developing countries.
UD Truck Models
UD Quon Truck
The UD Quon is a heavy-duty commercial vehicle produced by the Japanese manufacturer UD Trucks (previously known as Nissan Diesel). Introduced in 2004. The UD Quon has received a new facelift on April 11, 2017. Also, it is a new 11-liter GH11 diesel engine.
UD Condor Truck
The UD Condor is a line of medium-duty commercial vehicles produced by Nissan Diesel (now UD Trucks), first introduced in 1975. The range was primarily available in other big-size and mid-size trucks. Most mid-size and big-size models of the truck are distinguishable by a front ‘Condor’ badge, but the common Nissan Diesel or UD badge is usually used on the rear. And from now on the UD name is used in all markets, rather than Nissan Diesel.
Big Thumb Truck
The Big Thumb was a heavy-duty commercial vehicle that was produced by the Japanese manufacturer Nissan Diesel (now UD Trucks) and sold between 1990 and 2008. So, the Big Thumb’s size range was primarily available in other big-size trucks. The Big Thumb was facelifted in 2000 and 2002. The Big Thumb has been succeeded by the Nissan Diesel Quon.