1899 - 1978

Berliet

Berliet Key Features

  • Body type:  Commercial Vehicles
  • Country of origin:  France
  • Built in:  France

Information about Berliet

Berliet, a pioneering French automotive brand, was founded by Marius Berliet in 1899. Distinguished by its innovative spirit, Berliet began with a single-cylinder car that quickly positioned the company as a noteworthy player in the early automotive scene. Marius Berliet was among the first to recognize the potential of internal combustion engines, leading to the creation of vehicles that featured ahead-of-their-time technologies and designs.

Throughout the early 20th century, Berliet expanded its repertoire, venturing into trucks and military vehicles, which played significant roles during the World Wars. Their robust trucks became synonymous with durability and reliability, aiding not just in commercial activities but also in critical wartime logistics.

In the modern era, Berliet no longer manufactures passenger cars but its legacy in truck manufacturing left a lasting impact on the industry. The brand’s historical contributions are often celebrated for their pioneering technologies and the vital role they played in transportation. Though Berliet merged into the Renault Trucks, a subsidiary of the Volvo Group, its influence in shaping the automotive landscape, particularly in the commercial and military sectors, remains recognized and respected.

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