Troller Veículos Especiais

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Troller Veículos Especiais S/A
Subsidiary
IndustryAutomotive
Founded1995; 23 years ago (1995)
FounderCharlie Guth De Grange
HeadquartersHorizonte, Ceará, Brazil
Area served
Latin America and Canada
Key people
Rogério Farias, Mário Araripe, Demetrio Fleck (General Manager), Lyle Watters (President and CEO)
ProductsTroller T4
OwnerFord Motor Company
ParentFord Brasil (2007–present)
Websitewww.troller.com.br

Troller Veículos Especiais S/A (Troller) is a Brazilian off-road vehicles manufacturer. Founded in 1995 in Horizonte, Ceará, it became a subsidiary of Ford in 2007.[1] Troller's flagship vehicle is the Troller T4 SUV, which has featured successfully in several rally races around the world, including the Dakar Rally.

Name[edit]

The name Troller is a non-official Portuguese adaptation of the English word troll.[2]

History[edit]

Troller T4
Troller Pantanal

The Troller company started in 1995, by Rogério Farias.[3] In April 1996, the first prototype was built.[3] In 1997, Troller was bought by the entrepreneur Mário Araripe, who formed a partnership with Rogério Farias,[3] and the first gasoline-powered T4s were built.[2] The mass-production of the vehicles started in 1999, when a factory was built.[3]

In 2005, a manufacturing plant opened in Angola to build the T4 for the African market.[4]

Ford do Brasil announced in January 2007 the acquisition of Troller for an undisclosed price.[1]

On 14 December 2009, a Troller made the news when it cleared São Paulo's flooded city streets during a live broadcast.[5]

In 2014, the Troller T4 received a redesign.

Current model in production[edit]

Former model in production[edit]

See also[edit]

TAC Stark - another Brazilian four-wheel drive vehicle.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Ford to boost Brazilian operation". BBC. 2007-01-04. Retrieved 2007-01-06.
  2. ^ a b "História" (SWF) (in Portuguese). Troller. Retrieved 2008-07-14. This vehicle is not to be mistaken with the Jeep Wrangler TJ, an off-road vehicle produced by Chrysler.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d "Troller" (in Portuguese). Inova UNICAMP. Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  4. ^ "Troller vai exportar tecnologia" (in Portuguese). Carro e Cia. 2004-10-28. Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2008-07-14.
  5. ^ "Troller na Enchente em São Paulo" (in Portuguese). TV Record. 2010-01-05. Retrieved 2012-12-18.

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