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Sisu, which is Finland's leading truck make, began truck production in 1931 with a bonneted 3 tonner. In 1943 the company was merged with Vanajan Autotehdas OY, and production was concentrated on military vehicles, that went under the Yhteissisu name. in 1948 Yhteissisu was de-merged and Sisu and Vaneja became independent companies.
By the late 1950īs Sisu standardized on
Leyland diesel engines, and in the 1960īs tilt-cab forward-control trucks appeared.
Sisu took over Vaneja in 1967, reuniting the two manufacturers that had spilt up some 20 years earlier.
In the early 1970īs Leyland and
Saab-Scania each held a 10 % stock in the company, but by 1974 it was returned to Finish State ownership.
Besides truck production Sisu has been well known for itīs production of armored vehicles like the
Sisu XA-185. This production was moved to Patria Vehicles OY in the late 1990īs.

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