The history of Sisu trucks from Finnland
Tor Nessling, founder of SISU
Scandinavia are today manufactured three brands of
trucks. From Sweden come Scania and Volvo, which aree
weell known to most people. Sisu from Finland is almost
unknown, but nevertheless most interesting.
SISU was founded on 1. of April 1931 by Tor Nessling (1901-1971), and was, until 1943 the sole Finnish manufacturer of trucks. In the year 1932 12 units, each with a total weight of 4800 kg, and with a payload of 2300 kg, was manufactured. Today the factory is situated in Kajaa in southern Finland. During the Second World War were manufactured many vehicles for the Finnish Army. In 1943 an affiliated company, Yhteissisu, (Commonsisu) was created. At this company the Finnish Army ordered 7000 trucks, which should be made on basis of the designs of Sisu type S-21, and built by Yhteissisu . First prototype was finished in 1945, but too late, the war was to end. The order was cancelled. It was also end for the basis of this company, but it was reconstructed in 1948 as Vanajan Autotehdas Oy. This company was in 1969 integrated in Sisu Auto Oy.
in the thirties Sisu vehicles were exported to Estonia
and Latvia. In Estonia is today a subsidiary of Sisu Auto
Oy, which sells Sisu and Renault trucks on the Estonian
In 1968 Sisu Auto Auto Oy was taken over by the Finnish state.
Sisu is mostly manufacturing heavy vehicles for transport of wood, gravel and other heavy tasks of transportation. The vehicles are made due to the demands from the buyers. There are 3 basic models, and in the manufacturing process there is a lot of manual work.
SR is with normal cabin. SM is a heavy frontcabin model and the SN is a delivery truck. The number after the indication of type is the engine performance in KW. Sisu TT is a trailer tractor, SA-110 is all-wheel driven.
Engines are from Caterpillar, Cummins or Mack. Earlier there were also engines from Rolls-Royces and Valmet.
|SK-262||Drivers cabin SM||SM-300|
|T10AXT-terminaltraktor-4X4||SM 270||Sisu E-14-470|
|Sisu 11E||Sisu SR||Sisu 12E 480|
|Earlier logos||Sisu Evo2||HMTV 6x6|