Force Motors founded in by N.K.Firodia 1958 as Firodia Tempo Ltd. and later after partial acquisition by Bajaj Auto as Bajaj Tempo Ltd. is a manufacturer of three wheelers, multi-utility and cross country vehicles, light commercial vehicles, tractors, buses and now heavy commercial vehicles. Abhay N. Firodia is the Chairman & Managing Director.
Force Motors started production of the Hanseat three-wheeler in collaboration with German Vidal & Sohn Tempo Werke and went on to establish a presence in the light commercial vehicles field with the Matador, the proverbial LCV in India. Through the 1980s and 1990s, and especially in the last five years with a major product development effort, Force Motors has introduced new light commercial vehicles, a facelifted series of Tempo Trax utility vehicles, new state-of-the-art tractors, and a new range of three-wheelers.
Recently the company has firmed up a joint venture with MAN AG of Germany for manufacturing of trucks at Pithampur, the industrial hub of Madhya Pradesh in Indore.
On 3rd Dec 2008 another agreement was signed between Man AG and Force motors to the effect that both will hold equal (50:50) stake in the JV company Man Force trucks pvt. Ltd.
MAN Force Trucks manufactured at Pithampur factory are exported overseas to countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, and certain African nations; markets where a low selling price is essential.
Tractors are built under the Balwan and Ox, (formerly Tempo Ox), brands.