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Nissan Diesel Motor Co, Ltd.
Type Subsidiary of AB Volvo
Founded May 1, 1950
Headquarters Japan Ageo, Saitama Japan
Key people Satoru Takeuchi, President
Industry Trucks and buses

Nissan Diesel Motor Co., Ltd. (日産ディーゼル工業株式会社) or UD (The company's trademark) is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacture and sales of diesel engines (straight: 3, 4, 5 and 6; V: 8, 10 and 12), light, medium and heavy duty diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis and special-purpose vehicles.

Their trucks are sold globally under the UD Nissan Diesel trademark, with the UD name coming from their successful Uniflow Scavenging Diesel engine, but now marketed as meaning "Ultimate Dependability." Another important reason the UD name is included is to separate the identity of Nissan Diesel from that of their former owner and former affiliate, the more well-known Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. It is important to note that Nissan Diesel is a separate, independent company from Nissan Motor, whose name and products should not be confused with the diesel vehicles manufactured by Nissan.

As of 2007, Nissan Diesel is now owned 100% by the Volvo Group[1][2] who acquired their initial stakes in Nissan Diesel from Nissan Motor in 2006. In 2001, Volvo Group acquired Renault Trucks, the truck division of Nissan Motors' parent company, Renault.





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.


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 engines. 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, 110kW (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.


In 1960 the company name was changed again, this time to the current 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 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.


In 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 Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.



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.


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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.


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 and is now a subsidiary. After the transaction between Nissan Motor and Volvo, Nissan Diesel's business relation with Nissan Motors continued as normal and the Nissan Diesel & UD brand names are unchanged. AB Volvo also acquired the truck division of Renault in 2001. Renault owns 44.4% of Nissan (as of 2008).


UD Trucks are marketed in 70 countries. Some of the main markets are Japan, USA, Australia & Russia.






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US & Canada

  • UD 1100
  • UD 1200
  • UD 1300
  • UD 1300 TURBO
  • UD 1400
  • UD 1800
  • UD 1800 CS
  • UD 2000
  • UD 2300
  • UD 2300
  • UD 2300 DH
  • UD 2300 LP
  • UD 2600
  • UD 2800
  • UD 3000
  • UD 3300

Bus (Philippines)

Nissan Diesel JA450SSN
Nissan Diesel RB46SR
  • CMF87L
  • CPB87N
  • SP215NSB Turbo
  • RB31S
  • RB31SR
  • RB31SX
  • RB46S Turbo
  • RB46SR Turbo
  • RB46SX Turbo
  • JA430SAN Turbo
  • JA450SSN Turbo
  • JP215PSN Turbo
  • JP251PSN Turbo
  • UA460LSN Turbo
  • U31K
  • U31L
  • U32K
  • U32L
  • RA517

Truck (Philippines)

  • CPB87N
  • CMF87L

Truck (Australia)

  • CGA45
  • CGA46
  • CGB450
  • CK10
  • CK11
  • CK30
  • CK40
  • CKA45
  • CKA46
  • CKB270
  • CKB450
  • CKB455
  • CLG87
  • CLG88
  • CM80
  • CM90
  • CMA81
  • CMA86
  • CMA87
  • CMB86
  • CMB87
  • CMF87
  • CMF88
  • CMF89
  • CPA87
  • CPB12
  • CPB14
  • CPB87
  • CPB88
  • CPC12
  • CPC14
  • CPC15
  • CV41
  • CW40
  • CW41
  • CWA12
  • CWA14
  • CWA15
  • CWA310
  • CWA45
  • CWA46
  • CWA70
  • CWA71
  • CWB450/452
  • CWB455
  • CWB481
  • CWB483
  • CWB4D
  • CWB545
  • GKB4D
  • GWB4D
  • LKC210
  • LKC215
  • MKA121
  • MKA122
  • MKB210
  • MKB215
  • MKB35A
  • MKB37A
  • PKB210
  • PKC210
  • PKC212
  • PKC215
  • PKC310
  • PKC37A


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