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Troller Veículos Especiais S/A (Troller) is a Brazilian off-road vehicles manufacturer. It was founded in 1995 in Horizonte, Ceará, becoming a Ford subsidiary 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

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

History

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

Former model in production

See also

TAC Stark - another Brazilian four-wheel drive vehicle.

References

  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. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Troller" (in Portuguese). Inova UNICAMP. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Troller vai exportar tecnologia" (in Portuguese). Carro e Cia. 2004-10-28. 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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