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Deutz-Fahr Historical Highlights

DEUTZ-FAHR

150 Years of Success

The Deutz Tractor traces its history to Nicolaus August Otto who founded the Motorenfabrik N.A. Otto & Cie. In 1864 it became Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz AG (KHD), and shortly afterward he and Eugene Langen invented the first four-stroke spark-combustion engine. Early engines were used as horse-drawn generators for power threshers and hay balers. Its first mass-produced tractor – the DEUTZ MTH 222 – was launched in 1927. And in 1936 they unveiled the DEUTZ 11 Series, bringing agricultural mechanization within reach of small farms for the first time.

During World War II, the Deutz Company converted water-cooled engines into air-cooled ones for better dependability for military equipment, and the air-cooled engine remained their hallmark until the 1990s.

In 1968 after Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG (KHD) group acquired FAHR, a leading agricultural equipment company, they re-branded as Deutz-Fahr.

DEUTZ-FAHR’s excellence has a long and specialized history in the manufacturing of harvesting machinery too. Fahr presented its first self-propelled combine harvester in 1952.

DEUTZ-FAHR has continued to excel in quality and innovations ever since with countless other contributions, such as the first “clear view” tractor, panoramic cabs, the market’s first suspended front axle, and a game-changing technological innovation in 2001 with the Agrotron TTV, its first tractor with a continuously variable transmission.

Many years have passed since the launch of the first mass-produced tractors.  But even today, the DEUTZ-FAHR name still fires the imagination of farmers all over the world.

History Deutz-Fahr 1864

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1864
1864

Nicolaus August Otto founds Eugen Langen la N.A. Otto & Cie., the first engine manufacturing company in the world, today Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG.

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1890
1890

Construction of the first threshing machine.

History Deutz-Fahr 1894-26HP-Philadelphia

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1894
1894

First DEUTZ tractor, with 26 hp petrol engine. Built by the subsidiary DEUTZ in Philadelphia, USA.

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1927
1927

TBD Nicolaus August Otto founds Eugen Langen la N.A. Otto & Cie., the first engine manufacturing company in the world, today Klockner-Humboldt-Deutz AG.

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1936
1936

DEUTZ farm tractor. The first small tractor in the world to be produced in series. Backed, by  the conclusive input from the smaller farms to mechanize. 11 HP.

History Deutz-Fahr 1937

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1937
1937

Acquisition of Klöckner, and company renamed to KHD: Klöckner – Humboldt – DEUTZ AG. This is now one of the largest groups in the Reich, covering every possible engine application: from cars and trucks to trains, ships, aircraft and tractors.

History Deutz-Fahr 1949

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1949
1949

First DEUTZ tractor equipped with a DEUTZ diesel engine, air-cooled. The models F1L514 and F2L514 are born.

History Deutz-Fahr 1955

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1955
1955

100,000 tractors produced.

History Deutz-Fahr 1961

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1961
1961

Start of the collaboration with Fahr AG., through a minority shareholding of the company KHD

History Deutz-Fahr 1965

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1965
1965

The first German combine harvesters with hydrostatic drives are made at the Lauingen plant in 1965 where they are also successful in tests.

History Deutz-Fahr 1968

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1968
1968

KHD acquires the majority of share capital of FAHR. The DEUTZ-FAHR brand is born.

History Deutz-Fahr 1968

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1968
1968

Birth of the DEUTZ 06 Series, the most successful tractor series ever built.

History Deutz-Fahr 1965

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1970
1970

Acquisition of the farm equipment company Kodel & Bohm GmbH, Lauingen, maker of combine harvesters.

History Deutz-Fahr 1972

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1972
1972

INTRAC series of multi-role tractors with multiple automatic hitches for implements, a forward cab layout and a front lift and PTO, making them extremely effective in agricultural, civil and industrial applications.

History Deutz-Fahr 1978

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1978
1978

Launches of the DEUTZ-DX tractors on the market: from 80 to 200 HP.

History Deutz-Fahr 1984

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1984
1984

The DX3 tractors are introduced on the market: power from 46 to 75 HP

History Deutz-Fahr 1989

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1989
1989

The AGROSTAR tractors are produced, equipped with the most silent cab in the world. Power from 88 to 143 HP.

History Deutz-Fahr 1990

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1990
1990

Launch of the AGROSTAR tractors, from 88-143 HP.

History Deutz-Fahr 1992

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1992
1992

On November 20th, the millionth KHD  (AGROX-TRA 4.57) comes off the production line.

History Deutz-Fahr 1993

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1993
1993

The AGROSTAR 6.71, 6.81 and 8.31 tractors, from 165 to 230 HP, are now equipped with the S.L.H. ELECTRONIC POWER SHIFT transmissions.

History Deutz-Fahr 1995

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1995
1995

DEUTZ-FAHR now belongs to the SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group.

History Deutz-Fahr 2001

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2001
2001

Agrotron TTV Series – a new generation of tractors featuring a continuously variable transmission without sacrificing engine loss.

History Deutz-Fahr 2009

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2009
2009

100 Years of Industrial Thresher Production in Lauingen.

History Deutz-Fahr 2009

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2009
2009

100 Years of Industrial Thresher Production in Lauingen.

History Deutz-Fahr 2012

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2012
2012

7250 TTV Agrotron Tractor of the Year

German Design Award 2014

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2014
2014

The DEUTZ-FAHR 6 Series and the MaxiVision cab win the German Design Award 2014.

series 9 logo

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2014
2014

The DEUTZ-FAHR 9340 TTV has won the 2015 “Golden Tractor for the Design” award, an important recognition for DEUTZ-FAHR tractor range in the high power segment.

deutz-fahr corporate building

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2017
2017

Europe’s most modern tractor plant is opened in Lauingen: DEUTZ-FAHR LAND. The new plant produces high performance tractors from 130 HP. The overall investment is 90 million euros.