Largest Truck Manufacturers in the World

Updated on January 23, 2019

Top Five Largest Truck Manufacturers in the World

Globally, trucks come in various sizes depending on the purpose application. There are mini trucks, light trucks, medium, heavy, as well as very heavy trucks and transporters. That's why copious truck manufacturers are present across the globe to supply the demand for these trucks.

However, the debate seems endless on which companies are on top of the competition, but this article follows these criteria:

  • Quantity of over 16t trucks produced around the globe
  • Worldwide popularity
  • Earned profit

Top 5 Truck Manufacturers

That Lead the List (As of 2010)

Top 1: Daimler AG

Formerly known as the Daimler Chrysler, this German multi-national automotive company bested the competition in terms of truck units produced. In fact, they are only following closely to Isuzu from 2005 to 2007 in terms of truck production. Daimler is the company responsible for producing quality cars and trucks for the following brands:

  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Sterling Trucks
  • Western Star
  • Freighliner Trucks
  • Unimog
  • Mitsubishi Fuso

Top 2: Volvo Group

Volvo group has been one of the leading truck manufacturers in the world for the past decade along with Isuzu and Daimler. This Swedish manufacturer is globally famous for their medium-sized trucks for local transportation and cargo hauling, heavy duty trucks for long distance hauling as well as construction work segment. Apart from Volvo Trucks, the Volvo Group also holds Mack Trucks, UD Trucks, and Renault Trucks.

Top 3: Dongfeng Motor

This China-based car and truck manufacturer has spread its popularity and dominance not only in China but also in major countries in East and Southeast Asia regions. As of today, they are also expanding their activities to United Kingdom, Paraguay, and Ireland. Apart from their own vehicular brand, they are also known for their joint ventures with popular manufacturers such as Kia, Honda, and Nissan.

Top 4: Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group is another German multi-national automotive company that successfully makes its way in the global truck and commercial vehicle production. In fact, the group markets these vehicles under the marques of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, MAN, and Scania.

Top 5: Tata Group

This Indian multinational and conglomerate company completes this list of largest manufacturers in the world. The group began dispersing its presence over the truck market since 2004 when they purchased South Korea's leading truck manufacturing operations, Daewoo Motors. In 2009, the Tata Group was also the company that manufactured military trucks in Myanmar.

Other manufacturers such as the Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group, Toyota Group, Fiat Group, PACCAR, and Ford, are also following closely regarding truck and commercial vehicle production.

Best Truck Brands

When it comes to the title of being the "best" brand in the truck industry, there will be an unending debate since all truck drivers and consumers have their own preferences. However, there are certain truck brands that are globally popular since they can provide various trucks for different purposes and applications.

As for the consumer's part, affordability, functionality, reliability and durability are some of their criteria when choosing which brands deserve the investment. If you are to read and collect data from consumer reports, surveys, and forums, here are the best truck brands according to consumers worldwide:


Mercedes-Benz is popular not only for their topnotch trucks but also for their capability to supply all types of trucks for almost all sorts of applications. From medium-sized to large trucks to heavy-duty trucks, you can find a specific truck model in this brand.

Another good thing about Mercedes-Benz trucks is that it has a spacious and cozy environment inside the compartment and cabin area which is ideal to truck drivers who are bound to long distance hauling. On top of these, the interior and exterior of their trucks are indeed awesome and jaw-dropping.


Isuzu is famed to be one of the most popular truck brands during the year 2000 to 2007. In fact, they are recognized as the largest truck manufacturer in 2005, beating the Daimler, Volvo, and Volkswagen groups. Their light to medium-sized trucks are very apparent in local cargo distribution while their heavy-duty trucks are commonly seen in national highways since they are popular for long-distance or inter-state hauling. Their trucks are also affordable compared to other leading truck brands. With regards to their maneuverability and functionality, truck drivers have nothing to complain with it.


Volvo trucks are also very common in the streets of the United States, Australia, Russia, Brazil, South Africa, India, and Europe. The range of their trucks suits the everyday business functions and applications such as for emergency purposes, construction works, waste management, fire emergencies, and of course, cargo hauling. Volvo trucks' reliability makes them very popular to consumers worldwide that's why the company has put up production facilities to key areas around the globe to meet the demands. The Volvo Group also holds Nissan diesel trucks, Mack trucks, and Renault trucks.

These three truck brands are continuing their legacy in producing quality yet affordable trucks and commercial vehicles worldwide. That's why most consumers nowadays only trust the "tried and tested" whenever they look for certain types of trucks.

Daimler Company History

If you are a fan of Freighliner trucks, Mitsubishi Fuso, Sterling trucks, as well as Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks, you will be surely looking for the manufacturer behind these brands- the Daimler Aktiengesellschaft (AG). If you are intrigued on how this German multinational automotive company started, here is a brief glance of their conception and development:

1886-1920: The Predecessor Companies

Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz were considered as the pioneers of automobile industry until the 19th century. Actually, they never met personally but they were able to produce the world's first automobiles simultaneously on 1886. As they are both determined to develop and market their works, they established their own companies- Gottlieb with his Daimler Motorengesellschaft while Carl Benz had Rheinische Gasmotorenfabrik,

From 1908 onwards, both of these companies had increasing orders of commercial and military vehicles which indicated their success in the industry.

1920-1933: The Global Economic Crisis and the Merge

The effects of the World War I was very apparent in the German automobile industry especially during 1914-1919. Added by the collapse of currency, the growing number of competitors in the industry, plus the loss of international markets, all of these had negative effects to both Daimler and Benz's companies. On 1926, these companies merged to form Daimler-Benz AG to heighten the quantity of production not only in the automobile category but to other industries as well. And on 1930, the Daimler-Benz company experienced another breakthrough in the truck industry by developing the Lo 2000.

1933-1945: The Nazi Era

In this period, Daimler-Benz manufactured certain armaments such as aircraft engines and military trucks. With this, the company has able to build another plant in Genshagen.

1945-1949: Reconstruction

Because of the Potsdam Agreement where all German assets abroad will be confiscated to serve as a compensation of reparations, the Daimler-Benz not only lost assets in the Soviet-occupied regions but also their entire affiliates, subsidies, and branches overseas.

1950-mid 1980s: Growth

After losing its international assets, the company in this period regains its position and glory as they quickly innovate and expand their automobile production in the global scale. In fact, they are the leading car, bus, and truck manufacturer in Europe in this era.

1984-2007: Corporate Re-Alignment and Strategies

With the existence of other global competitors in the industry plus the sales opportunities for topnotch cars in the market, the company established Mercedes-Benz AG on 1989. The continuous environmental problems in this period also molded the company in their automobile production. In 1998, the company merged with Chrysler Corporation to safeguard both of the parties' competitiveness in the global market.

Until today, Daimler AG is considered to be the pioneer in manufacturing superior and technologically innovative automobile and other products.

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Questions & Answers

    What Is Your Favourite Truck Brand? Please Leave Us a Comment.

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        4 months ago

        #TATA MOTORS

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        11 months ago

        A Mack

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        13 months ago

        Scania is best

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        19 months ago

        mercedez benz

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        marc bucher 

        23 months ago

        You forget IVECO TRUCKS over 134 000 trucks manufactured per year..

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        2 years ago

        Tata is best...

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        2 years ago

        We can produce any kind of heavy vehicle body parts in bulk through soft tooling

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        2 years ago

        my favourite is scania


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