A 60 year history of innovation in the automotive industry
When KART Performance Trailers began manufacturing trailers in 1991, we already had 40 years in the auto industry under our belt. During that time, our long-lasting partnerships with Mercedes Benz, Volkswagen, and other leading auto manufacturers gave us insight into the frustrations and goals of auto manufacturers and haulers.
We know that you want to save time loading without sacrificing safety. We appreciate your desire for a trailer that can handle the rigors of the roughest road and still keep trucking for another twenty years. The engineers at KART Performance Trailers employ pioneering design to develop trailers that are easier and faster to load without compromising on safety and durability.
The starting-point of Kuusalu Test-repair Factory (Kuusalu Katseremonditehas, KART). Production work was initially done in two departments, but was later brought under one roof in Kuusalu. Specializing in repairing truck engines and drivetrains. In addition, manufacturing electronical components.
KART became a company with influence all over the Soviet Union as it had become one of the main testing grounds for different technologies and got into the top 3 in 60 manufacturing competitions. In addition to repairing truck and tractor drivetrains and engines, the company also manufactured electric motors, trailers and superstructures from skip loader containers to caravans.
1975 – 1980
As a result of tens of upgrades, truck engine average mileage grew to unprecedented levels for that time (25,000 miles), which brought several prizes to the factory.
1980 – 1985
KART developed several Electronic Control Units, and they were the only ones in the Soviet Union to manufacture this kind of equipment.
Around 13,000 engines got a thorough re-vamp each year, which meant that an engine came off the line after every 7-8 minutes.
KART Performance Trailers begins to manufacture pioneering trailers for the automotive industry.
Sale network: departments in Moscow, Riga, Vilnius, Kiev, Almaty, Tallinn, Baku. Technical service center and spare parts sale network, in total – 14, including service partners.
KART Performance Trailers, Inc. is launched to the US market. KART Performance Trailers begins to develop next-gen trailers that are easy to manage and maintain and safe in adverse conditions owing to the use of new, high-strength materials and innovative technical solutions.
KART Performance Trailers celebrates 25 years in Kuusalu, Estonia.