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March 15th, 2021

TATRA TRUCKS delivered 1,186 trucks last year and fulfilled its commitments

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March 15th, 2021

Covid 19 pandemic causes lengthening of Tatra KT4’s stay in Berlin

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March 15th, 2021

Belgian Army buys 879 DAF Trucks with Belgian CF cabins, DAF engines and Tatra chassis

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DAF gaat types van de CF Military Truck leveren aan de Belgische krijgsmacht.

Published under Press, Tatra Works
March 15th, 2021

TATRA TRUCKS delivered 1,186 trucks last year and fulfilled its commitments

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18 January, 2021

Despite the pandemic and worldwide decline in the automotive industry, the Kopřivnice-based Tatra Trucks have achieved their production goals and fulfilled their commitments to customers. In total, they delivered 1,186 trucks to their customers. In 2020, they also celebrated their 170th anniversary and won a major contract in Germany.

TATRA TRUCKS delivered 1,186 trucks last year and fulfilled its commitments

In sum, the Kopřivnice truck maker produced 1,181 and sold 1,186 trucks in 2020, out of which almost 60 percent went to exports and over 40 percent to the Czech and Slovak markets. In terms of production, TATRA TRUCKS managed slightly exceed their plans for 2020. “For 2021, TATRA plans a comparable volume of production and sales to that of 2020. We are constantly expanding our portfolio of customers and projects in order to achieve this goal. However, we are also working with the option that customers may postpone some of the projects to a later date due to the epidemic,” said Pavel Lazar, CEO and Chairman of the Board of TATRA TRUCKS.

In 2020, TATRA TRUCKS won new orders together with partner companies and produced some unique vehicles. Above all, there was the delivery of 41 TATRA FORCE 4×4 special fire trucks, with an option for another 5 units for fire brigades of the federal state of Brandenburg, where TATRA TRUCKS cooperates with their long-term partner THT Polička. This is the first such large order for TATRA fire trucks in strongly competitive Germany. Already at the beginning of the year, TATRA TRUCKS cooperated with Excalibur Army and THT Polička to deliver the Fire and Rescue Service of the Czech Republic with two special fire trucks – a tanker-type rugged CZS 15 Triton fire truck and CV 40 large-volume tanker, which are unique in their categories.

In defense technology, representatives of TATRA EXPORT and Huta Stalowa Wola signed an agreement in September of last year at the MSPO defense fair in Kielce, Poland, to offer the Polish Army the TATRA 4×4 armoured vehicle project. Deliveries of TATRA trucks for the Army of the Czech Republic also continued as per contracts signed in previous years. TATRA TRUCKS also announced that they plan to expand in the Brazilian market. In addition to expanding their cooperation with the Brazilian defense industry, a production plant should be constructed directly in Brazil this year to manufactrure TATRA trucks intended primarily for the local civilian market.

2020 was marked by the coronavirus pandemic, which affected a large part of the economy of most countries around the world. The pandemic hit the automotive industry with a particularly hard impact. In this context, the vast majority of car and truck makers in Europe have suspended their production for some time and have had to deal with problems associated with it and with production declines. TATRA TRUCKS in Kopřivnice was one of the few companies that did not stop their production line. It ran at full speed throughout the year even while corporate management introduced strict hygiene and safety measures.

This allowed the truck maker to secure the protection of its employees’ health and at the same time fulfill their commitments to their customers. “Despite not yet presenting our financial results, we can say that our well-established organizational arrangements and mutually friendly cooperation with all business partners have let us not only keep our production going without interruption, but also exceed our business and financial goals projected for 2020,” said Miloslav Mahut, the Finance Director and Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors of TATRA TRUCKS.

TATRA TRUCKS fulfilled their production plans and deliveries to customers even though they had to face certain difficulties. These arose mainly due to delays in the supply of components from a few subcontractors, where the pandemic and resulting restrictions caused manufacturing complications. The TATRA TRUCKS management solved the problems by regrouping its production plan and setting up a new sequence on the line. We also managed to provide full service and after-sales services to customers. In addition, the company set up a servicing package to support the operation of Tatra trucks used by the Emergency Service of the Czech Republic and the Army of the Czech Republic performing important tasks within the framework of government measures to protect the health of the population.

Last but not least, the previous year was also the 170th year of the Kopřivnice company’s existence. In June, the company commemorated its founding in 1850, when Ignác Šustala started his business. TATRA TRUCKS can thus be proud of the longest continuous tradition of wheeled vehicle production in the world. In December, TATRA commemorated the 198th anniversary of the birth of its founder Ignác Šustala. At the end of the year, a demanding several-year reconstruction of the national cultural monument called “Slovenská strela”, a motorized railway car manufactured by the Kopřivnice company in the 1930s, was also completed. This extraordinary railway car is to return to Kopřivnice in the first quarter of this year, where it will be exhibited in a modern pavilion in front of the new TATRA truck museum.

Published under Press, Tatra Works
January 30th, 2021

Indian Army orders High Mobility trucks from BEML for transportation to remote areas

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The Indian army – Tatra scam (2012 article) :

Present relationship between Tatra and BEML (2015 article)


Trucks manufactured by BEML (source Wikipedia):


BEML Tatra T815

BEML manufactures Czech Tatra trucks and rebadges them under license.[11]

  • BEML - TATRA T810 VVNC 6×6
  • BEML – TATRA T810 VVL 6×6
  • BEML – TATRA T810 VTI 6×6 – Tank Transporter
  • BEML - TATRA T815 VVNC 8×8
  • BEML – TATRA T815 VVL 8×8
  • BEML – TATRA T815 VTI 8×8 – Tank Transporter
  • BEML – TATRA Crash Fire Tender
  • BEML - TATRA T816 6MWR 8T 10×10
  • BEML – TATRA T815 27ET96 28 300 8×8
  • BEML – TATRA T815 26RR36 22 255 6×6
  • BEML – TATRA T158 PHOENIX VTI 6×6 – Tank Transporter
  • BEML – TATRA PHOENIX 8×8, 6×6, 4×4
  • BEML – TATRA FORCE 10×10, 8×8, 6×6, 4×4
  • BEML – TATRA TERRN°2 10×10, 8×8, 6×6, 4×4
  • BEML Aircraft Towing Tractor
  • BEML Armoured Recovery Vehicle WZT

A probe into an alleged scam in the purchase of Tatra trucks for the Indian Army revealed that the Czech company had agreed to supply trucks directly at a lower price in 1994 to BEML without involving the British agent, Tatra Sipox. BEML did not accept the offer then.[12]

January 9th, 2021

A small history of Czech pre-ww2 filling stations, especially a Prague-Klárov one.

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Tatraplan in the fifties at the Benzina filling station


The nineteenthirties. Then a FANTO filling station.  Note “PRIJEZD” sign as the entrance sign seemed confusing, including for the confused British tourist, who must have been familiar with the  Czechoslovak left-hand traffic rules.


It even appeared in adverts


Tatra T75 on the right.  But, somehow, I have the feeling that this photo is photoshopped.


Another ‘thirties photo




Demolition in 1956



January 2nd, 2021

The Slovak T603 MB minibus and pick-up

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December 29th, 2020

StB agents scattered my father’s ashes under Tatraplan. Ivan Margolius tells about his Czech roots and gives his view on Tatra and Ledwinka.

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December 29th, 2020

‘ Thirties Czechoslovak Traffic Police

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Gendarmerie road inspection

Czech Pol;ice Museum:

Published under History, Museums, Press
December 29th, 2020
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