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Milestones

In 1948, the Good Earth Company was set up primarily to sell and service imported tractors. Over the years, acquiring companies like Enfield India Limited and collaborating with brands like Mitsubishi led Eicher into the Medium Duty truck landscape. Soon after, Eicher ventured into the high-potential Heavy Duty segment and launched the 16-tonne jumbo truck. Coming into a joint venture with the Volvo Group and establishing the VE Commercial Vehicles Limited in 2008, Eicher Trucks and Buses are now taking the industry to a new professional level and ushering in ‘The Future of Indian Trucking’.

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1948

The Good Earth Company is founded, a pioneer in importing and selling tractors in India.

1959-60

Eicher Tractor Corporation of India Private Limited rolls out India’s first indigenously manufactured tractor from its Faridabad plant.

1982

Eicher Motors Limited forms a joint venture with Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors Corporation to manufacture India’s most modern and advanced light commercial vehicles.

1991-93

During a spate of acquisitions and new business ventures, Eicher acquires Ramon and Demm, manufacturers of transmission and differential gears. It also acquires Enfield India Limited, manufacturers of the iconic Bullet motorcycle, and rebrands it into Royal Enfield.

1994

Eicher Motors ends its partnership with Mitsubishi Motors. Soon after, Eicher redeems the medium duty truck landscape with path-breaking 9-tonne and 12-tonne products.

2002

Eicher Motors ventures into the high-potential heavy duty segment and launches the 16-tonne Jumbo truck.

2008

The Volvo Group and Eicher Motors come together in a 50-50 joint venture to establish VE Commercial Vehicles Limited. The partnership brings together global leadership in technology, quality, safety and environmental care, along with deep knowledge and understanding of the Indian commercial vehicle market.

2009

Inauguration of the new gear component plant, Dewas.

2010

Eicher’s second generation of heavy duty trucks, the VE Series is launched, accelerating its position in the Indian market.

2012

As part of its capacity expansion and modernisation plans, VECV sets up:

  • A new engineering component plant
  • A bus body plant in the Indore area
  • New light and medium duty truck assembly lines
  • New body-in-white cab plant and India’s most advanced paint shop at its campus in Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh.
  • Inauguration of VEPDC, Pithampur.

VECV wins the prestigious ‘CV Maker of the Year’ and ‘Tipper of the Year’ awards.

2013
  • Production starts at India’s most advanced engine manufacturing plant at Pithampur, with supplies of Euro – 6 base engines being sent to the Volvo Group in Europe.
  • Eicher’s all-new Pro series of trucks and buses is unveiled, reenacting the best of international technology and frugal engineering.
  • Start of production in bus body plant, Baggad (MP).
  • Inauguration of EEC gear plant, Dewas Unit II.
  • Inauguration of VEPT, Pithampur.
2014
  • Launch of new range of products comprising FH, FM and FMX from Volvo Trucks.
  • Inauguration of Eicher Retail Excellence Center (ProXcellence Academy)
2015

Inauguration of 'Customer Experience Center' and 'Vehicle Display Center' at Pithampur plant.

2016

Launch of Eicher Pro 1049 (Sub 5 Ton Mini Truck).

2017

Launch of the new range of Eicher Pro 5000 series of heavy-duty trucks.

2018

Eicher wins the prestigious ‘MCV Cargo Carrier of the Year’, ‘LCV People Mover award’ and ‘ICV People Mover award’ at the Apollo CV Magazine Awards 2018.

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