UD Trucks focusing on excellence

UD Trucks focusing on excellence

Built on a solid foundation of a proven range of trucks and a team of experts at every UD Trucks Southern Africa dealership across the region, the company – a multiple finalist in the FOCUS on Excellence Awards sponsored by Wesbank – offers businesses the opportunity to reach optimum transport success.

UD Trucks’ roots date back to 1935, when the company was founded in Japan by Kenzo Adachi who had an interest in German diesel engines.  The company started manufacturing diesel engines in Tokyo as the Nihon Diesel Industry, and the next 13 years saw a number of name changes and various model launches.

The groundbreaking Uniflow scavenging diesel engine was launched in 1953 – the first to showcase the now-famous UD trademark.

In 1958, Minsei Diesel, as the company was known then, was one of the leading diesel manufacturers in Japan, when it was acquired by Nissan Motor Corporation.  As such, the UD Trucks Corporation was born.

The company continued on its road to success and by 1973 became the top heavy-duty truck manufacturer in Japan, and by 1984, Nissan Diesel trucks were exported to 140 countries worldwide.

In February 2010, the company name was changed to the UD Trucks Corporation in Japan.

UD has an innovative engineering programme aimed at generating benefits for customers and the environment. UD Trucks applies the technologies it has amassed in the diesel engine field, to produce an even greater range of comfortable, safe and environmentally friendly vehicles.

In South Africa, UD Trucks Southern Africa has enjoyed a proud history of success since its establishment in 1962, becoming the UD Trucks Corporation’s top market outside of Japan.  Over the years, the company has built a strong reputation as a credible and successful truck supplier, boasting unequalled flexibility and full backing from the UD Trucks Corporation in Japan.

In 2002, Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) was formed, separating the company from Nissan South Africa and thus the passenger car operations.  During the following year, the company moved all its facilities to new premises in Rosslyn, underlining its independence and setting the stage for a new era in which the company’s total focus became the trucking industry.

UD Trucks focusing on excellenceNow, as UD Trucks Southern Africa, the company is resolved to offer only vehicles engineered, developed and rigorously tested to meet the harsh operating conditions in the region. The company will also continue to develop its footprint in the African market wherever fleets can benefit from its efficient design, state-of-the art technology, quality assembly and dependable support.

UD Trucks Southern Africa already has dealers in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Seychelles, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, and is currently investigating a number of opportunities for expansion across the region.

The company places great emphasis on building long-term relationships with customers and providing ongoing support throughout a product’s lifecycle.  UD Trucks Southern Africa’s dealers remain committed to providing customers with innovative transport solutions and service offerings, built on trust, in-depth industry knowledge and a strong technical skills set.

As part of its on-going commitment to the truck industry, UD Trucks Southern Africa continually engineers quality local options to meet customers’ demands and to develop innovative products for the Southern African market and its unique conditions.


The Quon range is the embodiment of outstanding extra heavy commercial vehicle features, and, since its launch, has positioned the company at the forefront of profitable transport solutions. Researched, developed and refined to suit local conditions, the Quon range has been specifically designed to provide customers with the best in extra heavy trucking.


UD Trucks’ heavy commercial range is geared to achieve excellent fuel consumption and gradeability, ensuring that a high average speed is attained to boost productivity. Like its siblings, these units are also available with an automatic transmission option.

The class-leading performance of these units is achieved by the unique combination of engine power, transmission ratios and final drive ratio. With its proven flexibility and superb durability, this series is ideally suited to meet the needs of the distribution sector.

UD 35, 40 AND 40L

UD Trucks Southern Africa’s range of Medium Commercial Vehicles not only adheres to Euro 2 emission regulations, but continues to exceed the expectations of customers in various applications.

UD Trucks takes great care to ensure that it supplies a high quality product to sustain its objective of providing the highest possible level of durability; ultimately giving customers as much up-time as possible. The UD Trucks MCV range offers customers versatility, quality and Ultimate Dependability in a highly competitive market.

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