What import brands make trucks?
Are you looking for a truck? Trucks are definitely a popular mode of transportation. They are perfect for the job site and ideal for hauling toys, but what if you don’t want to buy from the big three truck manufacturers? If you are looking for something other than a Ford F-Series, Chevy/GMC truck, or a Ram, then you are in luck. There are a few brands that make trucks for the U.S. market outside of those. What import brands make trucks? We have your answers.
Why are import trucks so rare?
Trucks are undoubtedly popular, so why have foreign manufacturers largely avoided the market? It’s all about tariffs. Currently, tariffs on trucks are very high. This means that to compete, you have to build them in the U.S.
This wouldn’t be a problem but for the fact that the truck market is also very hard for foreign manufacturers to penetrate. The big three have it largely on lock, but currently, there are three other manufacturers that you can buy trucks from.
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Toyota has two truck models available with the small Tacoma and the larger Tundra. Toyota has been building trucks since 1947, and they brought the first one stateside in 1993. This makes them the oldest import name in the game.
Nissan made their first truck in 1968, but they didn’t sell any in the U.S. market until the Frontier in 1998. Now they have three trucks in the lineup with the Frontier as their small offering and above that the Titan and the heavy-duty Titan XD.
The first automobile from Honda was a truck in 1963. However, the first Honda truck to come stateside was the Ridgeline in 2004. It is still the only truck that Honda sells in this country. Interestingly, it received a major redesign with the 2017 model year.
Future import truck manufacturers
Currently, there are no major plans to bring other import truck brands to the U.S. However, VW recently unveiled its Atlas Tanoak truck concept.
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This concept could be VW gauging interest for a Volkswagen pickup in the U.S. again. Back in 1978, VW first debuted a truck in North America with the Rabbit Pickup, but its last U.S. model year was 1982.