Daimler Truck

Company history

Around 125 years ago, we established the modern transport industry with our trucks and buses. Today, we are one of the largest commercial vehicle manufacturers in the world. 

The Landau – the world’s first bus.


The world's first bus

The Landauer of Carl Benz is the first motorized bus in the world. In 1895, it connected the town of Siegen with the towns of Netphen and Deuz, covering a distance of around 15 kilometers. On 18 March 1895 at 6:26 a.m. precisely, Carl Benz’s bus drove this route for the first time. 
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The world's first truck

In 1896, the first Daimler motorized truck was delivered to London and the Benz “Lieferungswagen” traveled through the streets of Paris. Benz & Cie’s “Lieferungswagen (delivery truck)” was characterized by a load capacity of around 600 kilograms. It was derived from the Phaeton passenger car. Gottlieb Daimler's first truck carried a payload of 1.5 tonnes and was powered by a 4 hp 2-cylinder Phoenix engine.
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First Daimler Truck


Acquisition of Unimog

The Unimog ("Universal-Motor-Gerät" (universal motorized machine)) was unveiled to the public as early as August 1948. This all-purpose vehicle designed for agricultural purposes was produced by Gebr. Boehringer GmbH in Göppingen from 1949. Following the takeover by Daimler-Benz AG in 1951, Unimog production was established in Gaggenau and the Unimog developed into an important image carrier. 
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Acquisition of Freightliner

In 1981, Daimler-Benz AG purchased Freightliner from Consolidated Freightways. Vehicle sales more than doubled over the next ten years. With its enormous technological resources, Daimler-Benz helped Freightliner to reach the top of the North American heavy-duty truck market by 1992.
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Integration of the Setra brand

In February 1995, the then Mercedes-Benz AG merged its previous bus product unit and the Setra bus division of Kässbohrer into the newly founded subsidiary EvoBus GmbH (now Daimler Buses). Since then, the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands have continued to operate on the market as independent bus brands.
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Inclusion of Thomas Built Buses

In 1998, the Thomas Built Buses brand was added to the Group portfolio via Freightliner as part of what was then DaimlerChrysler Trucks North America.
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Acquisition of Western Star Trucks

Further growth and diversification continued with the acquisition of Canadian Western Star Trucks Holding, Ltd., a truck manufacturer based in Kelowna, British Columbia, in 2000.
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Initial participation in FUSO

In 2003, former Daimler AG acquired a 43 percent stake in Mitsubishi Fuso, as part of the spin-off of Mitsubishi’s truck and bus division. Daimler Truck has held a share of almost 90 percent since 2011. FUSO trucks are manufactured in Kawasaki (Japan), Ordagam (India) and Tramagal (Portugal). FUSO buses are manufactured in Toyama (Japan). In addition, FUSO vehicles are assembled on site at 16 CKD sites worldwide.


Launch of BharatBenz Trucks

In 2012, Daimler launched the BharatBenz brand in India. The first trucks “made in India” were presented in Hyderabad in March. At the six-day product premiere, future customers, dealers and media representatives marveled at the first light to heavy-duty BharatBenz trucks.
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Launch of BharatBenz Buses

With the introduction of BharatBenz buses in May 2015, Daimler opened another chapter in the Indian commercial vehicle sector.
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Start of Daimler Truck Financial Services

The company was created 2021 by a spin-off from the Daimler Mobility segment in the course of the realignment of Daimler AG. Operations started on 1 December 2021 in Australia, Brazil, Japan, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and the USA. Argentina, Belgium, the Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Türkiye and Germany followed in 2022. In 2023, France was the 16th market to start. 
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Daimler Truck as an independent company

On 1 December 2021, the spin-off of Daimler Truck from Daimler Group was completed. On 10 December 2021, Daimler Truck Holding AG launched into a new era with the first trading day on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. After the spin-off from Daimler AG, the day of the initial listing for Daimler Truck symbolizes the start of unrestricted entrepreneurial autonomy.
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Launch of RIZON Trucks

2023 Daimler Truck launched the RIZON brand in the U.S. market. The brand started with three fully electric models in the medium-duty truck segment (Class 4 and 5). The new brand and products were presented to the public for the first time at the Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in Anaheim, California (USA).

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