There are several box truck manufacturers in the world and of course, the United States can also boast of having some of the leading box truck manufacturers in the world.
Interestingly, most of these box truck manufacturers might have their headquarters in a country and have their manufacturing plants scattered all across major cities and countries of the world. The fact that box trucks are in high demand makes the manufacturing of box trucks continue to soar all across the globe.
This is why most heavy-duty truck manufacturers and even car manufacturers are also into the manufacturing of box trucks.
A box truck which is also known as a straight truck, box van, or cube van are trucks that are designed to navigate urban centers without difficulty, making it the ideal option for local freight-hauling jobs. Having said that, here are 20 of the best box truck manufacturers in the world.
Best Box Truck Manufacturers in the World
The General Motors Company (GM)
The General Motors Company (GM) is an American multinational automotive manufacturing corporation headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, United States. It is the largest automaker in the United States and was the largest in the world for 77 years, until losing the top spot to Toyota.
GM operates manufacturing plants in 8 countries. Its four core automobile brands are Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac. It also holds interests in Chinese brands Wuling Motors and Baojun as well as DMAX via joint ventures. BrightDrop is the company’s delivery-focused service.
Based on global sales in 2012, General Motors was ranked among the world’s largest automakers. In May 2012, GM recorded an 18.4% market share in the U.S.
Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company (commonly known as Ford) is an American multinational automobile manufacturer headquartered in Dearborn, Michigan, United States. It was founded by Henry Ford and incorporated on June 16, 1903. The company sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand.
Ford has produced different types of trucks since 1908, beginning with the Ford Model TT, followed by the Model AA, and the Model BB.
Countries, where Ford commercial vehicles are or were formerly produced, include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada (also badged as Mercury), France, Germany, India, Netherlands, Philippines, Spain (badged Ebro too), Turkey, UK (badged also Fordson and Thames), and the United States.
In Europe, Ford manufactures the Ford Transit jumbo van, which is classed as a Large Goods Vehicle and has a payload of up to 2,265 kg; there are options of a panel van, pickup, or chassis cab. The Ford Transit is also available as a light van called the Ford Transit Connect and the Ford Ranger pickup is available.
Dodge is an American brand of automobiles and a division of Stellantis, based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Dodge vehicles have historically included performance cars, and for much of its existence, Dodge was Chrysler’s mid-priced brand above Plymouth.
Dodge had offered panel delivery models for many years since its founding, but its first purpose-built van model arrived in 1964 with the compact A Series. Based on the Dodge Dart platform and using its proven six-cylinder or V8 engines, the A-series was a strong competitor for both its domestic rivals (from Ford and Chevrolet/GMC) and the diminutive Volkswagen Transporter line.
It was founded as the Dodge Brothers Company machine shop by brothers Horace Elgin Dodge and John Francis Dodge in the early 1900s. Dodge was among the first to introduce car-like features to its trucks, adding the plush Adventurer package during the 1960s and offering sedan-like space in its Club Cab bodies of the 1970s.
Volvo Trucks is a truck manufacturing division of Volvo based in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo Trucks was a separate company within Volvo. The Volvo Group was reorganized on 1 January 2012 and Volvo Trucks ceased to be a separate company and was instead incorporated into Volvo Group Trucks.
The first Volvo truck rolled off the production lines in 1928, and in 2016 Volvo Trucks employed more than 52,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, Volvo manufactures and assembles its trucks in eight wholly-owned assembly plants and nine factories owned by local interests.
Volvo Trucks produces and sells over 190,000 units annually. Volvo cabs are manufactured in the north of Sweden in Umeå and Ghent, Belgium, while the engines are made in the central town of Skövde.
Among some smaller facilities, Volvo has assembly plants in Sweden (Gothenburg – also the Head Office), Belgium, the USA, Brazil, South Africa, Australia, China, India, and Russia. Some of the smaller factories are jointly owned.
Isuzu Motors Ltd.
Isuzu Motors Ltd. commonly known as Isuzu is a Japanese commercial vehicle and diesel engine manufacturing company headquartered in Tokyo. Its principal activity is the production, marketing, and sale of Isuzu commercial vehicles and diesel engines.
In most of Asia and Africa, Isuzu is known primarily for trucks of all sizes, after Isuzu dropped all sales of sedans and compact cars in the late 1990s due to plummeting sales. The company also has several subsidiaries and joint ventures, including UD Trucks.
Isuzu has assembly and manufacturing plants in Fujisawa which has been there since the company was founded under earlier names, as well as in the Tochigi and Hokkaidō prefectures. Isuzu-branded vehicles are sold in most commercial markets worldwide.
Isuzu’s primary market focus is on commercial diesel-powered trucks, buses, and construction, while their Japanese competitor Yanmar focuses on commercial-level powerplants and generators.
Hino Motors, Ltd.
Hino Motors, Ltd., commonly known as Hino, is a Japanese manufacturer of commercial vehicles and diesel engines (including those for trucks, buses, and other vehicles) headquartered in Hino, Tokyo. The company was established in 1942 as a corporate spin-off from previous manufacturers.
Hino also sold the European truck Scania R 420 in Japan, in an agreement with the Swedish brand which was discontinued in 2011. In the United States, Hino has operated since 1984. Hino Motors Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc. assembles medium-duty trucks at its Williamstown, West Virginia, plant.
They opened a second plant in Mineral Wells, West Virginia in late 2018. Its manufacturing facilities in Ontario, California, and Marion, Arkansas, produce axles, knuckles, and suspension components for Toyota’s Tacoma, Tundra, and Sequoia models.
The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter
The Mitsubishi Fuso Canter is a line of light-duty commercial vehicles manufactured by Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation, part of Daimler Trucks, a subsidiary of Daimler AG. The Canter is manufactured since 1963, now in its eighth generation.
Mitsubishi Fuso Canter work trucks are manufactured in Egypt, Tramagal, Portugal, the Philippines, Venezuela, Turkey, and Russia. They are marketed in Japan, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, and several other Asian countries, as well as in the United States.
Scania AB is a major Swedish manufacturer headquartered in Södertälje, focusing on commercial vehicles—specifically heavy lorries, trucks, and buses. It also manufactures diesel engines for heavy vehicles as well as marine and general industrial applications.
Scania was formed in 1911 through the merger of Södertälje-based Vabis and Malmö-based Maskinfabriks-aktiebolaget Scania. Since 1912, the company has been re-located again to Södertälje after the merger. Today, Scania has production facilities in Sweden, France, the Netherlands, Thailand, China, India, Argentina, Brazil, Poland, Russia, and Finland.
Scania develops, manufactures, and sells trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of more than 16 tonnes (Class 8), intended for long-distance haulage, regional, and local distribution of goods, as well as construction haulage.
DAC, an initialism for Diesel Auto Camion, is a Romanian truck brand produced since the 1970s in the Brașov area. Since 1990, DAC has been the special truck division of ROMAN trucks manufacturer. The DAC CN series was an in-house development of AD Basov available since 1977.
The CN is available with 4×4, 6×6, and 8×8 wheel configurations and a 3-to-10-ton cargo capacity. The CN Series features a rectangular-shaped all-metal cab with horizontally grooved doors and side panels, a flat front end, and a sloping hinged windshield.
Vehicles are equipped with license-built MAN D2156 6-cylinder diesel engines and a 5- or 6 -speed transmission, 2-speed transfer case, wheel planetary gear drives, wheels with lockable differentials, dual airbrakes, power steering, and 24-volt electrical devices.
MAN Truck & Bus SE is a subsidiary of Traton, and one of the leading international providers of commercial vehicles. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, MAN Truck & Bus produces vans in the range from 3.0 to 5.5 t GVW, trucks in the range from 7.49 to 44 t GVW, heavy goods vehicles up to 250 t road train GVW, bus-chassis, coaches, interurban coaches, and city buses.
MAN Truck & Bus also produces diesel and natural gas engines. The MAN acronym originally stood for Maschinenfabrik Augsburg-Nürnberg AG formerly MAN AG.
UD Trucks Corporation
UD Trucks Corporation is a Japanese company whose principal business is the manufacturing and sales of diesel trucks, buses, bus chassis, and special-purpose vehicles. Its headquarters are located in Ageo, Saitama, Japan. The company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Isuzu since 2022. Until 2010, the company was known as Nissan Diesel.
The UD name was originally used for the company’s Uniflow Diesel Engine (a two-stroke diesel engine), developed in 1955, but is now marketed as meaning “Ultimate Dependability”. UD Trucks are marketed in over 60 countries. Some of the main markets are Japan, South Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Middle East.
Mercedes-Benz commonly referred to as Mercedes, is a German luxury automotive brand. Mercedes-Benz is headquartered in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. Mercedes-Benz produces consumer luxury vehicles and commercial vehicles. Mercedes-Benz currently offers three types of vans; Citan, Vito, and Sprinter. They are all produced by Daimler AG.
Renault Trucks is a French commercial truck manufacturer with corporate headquarters at Saint-Priest near Lyon. Originally part of Renault, it has been a subsidiary of the Volvo Group since 2001. The Renault Master is a large van produced by the French manufacturer Renault since 1980, now in its third generation. It replaced the earlier Renault Super Goélette light trucks and the Renault 50 series of full-size vans.
Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. is a Chinese company that designs and manufactures trucks, buses, and sport utility vehicles. It is headquartered in Changping, Beijing, and is a subsidiary of the BAIC Group. Foton Motor sold a total of 640,400 vehicles in 2011.
The Bering Truck Corporation
The Bering Truck Corporation was an American manufacturer and distributor of trucks, headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia, and Orange Walk, Belize. It distributed Hyundai-made trucks with American automotive components.
Established and founded in 1997 in Front Royal, Virginia, Bering Truck was the first new American truck manufacturer and distributor established in over 70 years. In partnership with Hyundai Motor Company of Korea, three classes of trucks were launched into the US market.
The first trucks were sold in 1999 and in one year, Bering was the fastest-growing US truck company having sold more than 1,400 trucks.
Freightliner Trucks is an American truck manufacturer. Founded in 1929 as the truck-manufacturing division of Consolidated Freightways (from which it derives its name), the company was established in 1942 as Freightliner Corporation.
Owned by Daimler AG from 1981 to 2022, Freightliner is now a part of Daimler Truck subsidiary Daimler Truck North America (along with Western Star, Detroit Diesel, and Thomas Built Buses).
Freightliner produces a range of vans, medium-duty trucks, and heavy-duty trucks; under its Freightliner Custom Chassis subsidiary, the company produces bare chassis and cutaway chassis for multiple types of vehicles. The company popularized the use of cabover (COE) semitractors, with the Freightliner Argosy later becoming the final example of the type sold in North America.
Sterling Trucks Corporation
Sterling Trucks Corporation (popularly known as Sterling) was an American truck manufacturer. Founded in 1998, Sterling was created following the 1997 acquisition of the heavy-truck product lines of Ford Motor Company by Freightliner.
Taking its nameplate from a long-defunct truck manufacturer, Sterling was slotted between Freightliner and Western Star within the Daimler product range (later Daimler Trucks North America). Introduced as a rebadged version of the Ford Louisville/Aeromax product line, the Sterling product range was expanded in the 2000s with medium-duty (Class 5-7) trucks.
Sterling built Class 8 tractors, as well as a range of medium- and heavy-duty cab/chassis vehicles. With bodies added by third-party upfitters/bodybuilders, these cab/chassis vehicles were used for freight distribution as well as heavy vocational uses, such as construction, snow plowing and refuse collection.
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc.
Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc. is an American truck manufacturer headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and a subsidiary of Daimler Truck North America, which is, in turn, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Germany-based Daimler Truck.
Western Star produces a range of Class 8 commercial vehicles for both highway and off-road use. Western Star specializes in trucks tailored to customer specifications. Every Western Star offers several sleeper box sizes, with chassis lengths of up to 486 inches depending on the model.
Five interior packages are available and sleepers can be trimmed to specifications. Engines, transmissions, axles, suspensions, and brakes are available in a number of configurations. Engines used include Cummins and Detroit.
Western Star also produces right-hand drive trucks for the Australian, New Zealand, and South African markets. Western Star trucks are available with anti-lock brakes, traction and stability control, and other modern safety features in order to remain competitive and meet DOT regulations.
IVECO, an acronym for Industrial Vehicles Corporation, is an Italian multinational transport vehicle manufacturing company. It designs and builds light, medium, and heavy commercial vehicles. The name IVECO first appeared in 1975 after a merger of Italian, French, and German brands.
Its production plants are in Europe, China, Russia, Australia, and Latin America and it has about 5,000 sales and service outlets in over 160 countries.
The worldwide output of the company amounts to around 150,000 commercial vehicles with a turnover of about €10 billion. The company was spun-off from CNH Industrial on 1 January 2022 and is part of Iveco Group N.V., a holding company incorporated in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, which is listed on Borsa Italiana.
Tata Motors Limited
Tata Motors Limited is an Indian multinational automotive manufacturing company, headquartered in the city of Mumbai, India which is part of Tata Group. The company produces passenger cars, trucks, vans, coaches, buses, luxury cars, sports cars, and construction equipment.
Formerly known as Tata Engineering and Locomotive Company (TELCO), the company was founded in 1945 as a manufacturer of locomotives. The company manufactured its first commercial vehicle in 1954 in a collaboration with Daimler-Benz AG, which ended in 1969.
Tata Motors has auto manufacturing and vehicle plants in Jamshedpur, Pantnagar, Lucknow, Sanand, Dharwad, and Pune in India, as well as in Argentina, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and Thailand.