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Founded: 1 May 1950

A brand of trucks based in Ageo, Saitama, Japan. Also does business as Nissan Diesel, which is not connected to Nissan. A subsidiary of Volvo Trucks since 2007.

Vehicle names used by UD Trucks currently and throughout history include:  UD1800, UD2000, UD2300, UD2600 and UD3300.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's UD Trucks page on 4 April March 2017, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

UD Trucks Corporation (UDトラックス株式会社, UD Torakkusu Kabushikigaisha) is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacture and sales of light, medium and heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis and special-purpose vehicles. Its headquarters is located in Ageo, Saitama, Japan. The company is owned 100% by the Volvo Group since 2007. Until 2010, it was known as Nissan Diesel, the company changed its name to UD Trucks. Already before the name change, the UD name was prominently displayed to separate the identity from that of their former owner Nissan Motors.

The UD name was originally used for the company's Uniflow Diesel Engine (known as Two-stroke Engine), developed in 1955, but is now marketed as meaning "Ultimate Dependability".

On February 15, 2010 it was announced that UD Trucks had taken over the import and sales of Volvo trucks in Japan, as a consequence of Volvo's ownership.

1935-1949

In 1935, Nihon Diesel Industries, Ltd, in Kawaguchi, Japan on the outskirts of Tokyo was established. The company started production of KD-series 2-cycle diesel engines. In 1940 production of 4.5-ton-payload TT6 series trucks started. In development of 7.5-ton-payload TN93 series trucks, featuring the largest payload capacity in the Japanese market, and the nation's first monocoque-type BR3 series buses with rear-mounted engines. In 1949 development of 7.5-ton-payload TN93 series trucks started.

1950-1959

In 1950 the company name changed to Minsei Diesel Industries, Ltd.; and the company was on the way to becoming a comprehensive transport equipment manufacturer. 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 and buses with 81 kW (110 PS) UD3, 110 kW (150 PS) UD4 and 169 kW (230 PS) UD6 engines began. In 1957 the development of Japan's first RFA series air-suspension buses and 10-ton-payload 6TW10 series trucks called "Jumbo" in overseas markets began.

1960-1969

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. In 1963, there was the initial production of compact 4-cycle 40 kW (55PS) SD20 and 44 kW (60PS) SD22 diesel engines. 70 to 80-ton crane-carrier truck series were also introduced to the line-up. 1969 saw the introduction of 4-cycle 136 kW (185PS) PD6 and 99 kW (135 PS) ND6 diesel engines for heavy-duty vehicles. Diesel products were sold in Japan at a separate dealership sales channel called Nissan Diesel. In 1969, the 780-series replaced the 680-series bonneted truck.

1970-1979

1972 saw the marketing of V-type 206 kW (280 PS) RD8 and 257 kW (350 PS) RD10 diesel engines. In 1973, light-duty trucks were produced for the Nissan Motor Company.

1980-1989

In 1982 there was the introduction of new forward-control cab for CWA52/45 series trucks, CKA-T series truck tractors and ultra-modern U(A)21, U(A)31, RA51 series buses. As of 1985 the company had a wide range of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks, as well as buses and special-purpose vehicles such as crane carriers. In 1989 there was an agreement with IVECO of Italy to jointly develop low-pollution diesel engines.

1990-1999

In 1992 Nissan Diesel Philippines Corp. started manufacturing deluxe coaches in cooperation with Jonckheere Bus & Coach NV/SA of Belgium. In 1995 Nissan Diesel produced its two million vehicles since commencing production in May 1950. 1996 brought about the establishment of P.T. Astra Nissan Diesel Indonesia, a joint venture company with Marubeni Corporation and P.T. Astra International, and the Dongfeng Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd, a joint venture company with Sumitomo Corporation and Dongfeng Motor Corporation.

2000-date

In 2000 Nissan Diesel introduced new heavy-duty trucks in Japan and Asian countries. It also acquired the sales operation from Nissan Diesel Sales Co., Ltd. In 2003, Nissan Motor and Nissan Diesel reached a basic agreement on a light-duty truck joint venture. There was also the signing of development assistance contract for air suspension of buses with China's Dongfeng Motor Corporation.

Nissan Diesel was purchased by the Volvo Group in 2007, becoming a subsidiary. After the transaction between Nissan Motor and Volvo, Nissan Diesel's business relations with Nissan Motors continued as normal and the Nissan Diesel & UD brand names remained unchanged. AB Volvo also acquired the truck division of Renault in 2001.

Starting from 2007, the OEM supply agreement between Nissan Diesel and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation became effective, with both companies supplying engines to each other for use in new buses, and supplying some buses to each other with the partner's badge. In August 2009 Nissan Diesel and Mitsubishi Fuso announced a plan of further co-operation of bus manufacturing, including the establishment of a joint company for the bus business.

On 1 February 2010, Nissan Diesel changed its name to UD Trucks. In October 2010 both companies announced that they had discontinued the discussions concerning this issue, and that the OEM supply agreement would also be ended.


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7 July 2016
14-35004 Montana Trucks v. UD Trucks N. America
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Montana Trucks, LLC appeals the district court's summary judgment in favor of UD Trucks North American, Inc. fka Nissan Diesel America, Inc. in a diversity action alleging breach of contract, fraud, and punitive damages.
Download 14-35004 Montana Trucks v. UD Trucks N. America - 350MB - 34:02




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