Hispano history began in 1939 when Mr. Vicenzo Angelino Gervasio, a young Italian born in Naples in 1912, started a small business of repairing, soldering and bodywork of trucks in post-war Spain, with the name of Talleres Napoles.
Following the success of the stand-alone truck cab, designed by Angelino himself, the business moved to a 3000m2 warehouse and built its first bus.
The first double-decker bus in Spain is built at Talleres Nápoles.
Angelino started Factorías Nápoles, S.A, a large facility for building trucks and coaches not only for Spain, but also for international markets.
The company became part of a group, the most important Spanish industrial group then: Barreiros Diesel S.A
Came under the management of Chrysler Group subsequent to the acquisition of Barreiros Diesel by Chrysler Inc.
Van Hool, the major Belgian bodywork firm, acquires the company.
The vast majority of the workers of Van Hool become shareholders of the factory, turning it into the Anonymous Workers Association and becoming Hispano Carrocera, S.A.L. During the early years the company produced under the name of Van Hool. Subsequently, Hispano Carrocera brand was officially launched.
In August 1992, the factory moved to its present location in La Cartuja Baja, a major industrial area near Zaragoza.
In 1993, the Mexican Group CAPRE, which had just reached a production of 6,000 units per year, acquired the Spanish company, promoting a major strategic shift within the organization.
During this year, company signed a collaboration deal with the prestigious designer Studi-Pininfarina, thereby taking on the design of all of its products.
Hispano acquired the ISO 9001 Quality Certificate from Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited.
The new city bus is launched with the brand “habit”, the first product of this new partnership.
The opening of the new plant in Casablana, Morocco, on 14th September 2000 was the first step of an ambitious expansion process.
Also in 2000 was the definitive consolidation of the city bus “habit”. It was awarded the “Bus of the year 2000” in Spain, and “Second Bus of the Year 2001” in Europe.
The tourist bus and long distance coach DIVO was launched in collaboration with the prestigious Studi Pininfarina.
On 3rd October of this year, Hispano was presented with the ISO 14001 Environmental Management Certificate by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance Limited.
On 16th March, TATA Motors signed a strategic partnership agreement with Hispano, purchasing 21% of the company’s capital. Tata Motors also retained a call option to increase the equity stake upto 100% within the subsequent 5 years.
100% acquisition by Tata Motors on October 16th by way of execution of the call option.
Launch of Xerus coach and Intea suburban bus models.
Renamed Tata Hispano Motors Carrocera S.A. under the new ownership and management.