In 1954, René Legueu designed his own all-terrain truck, the Hotchkiss 4x4 (TH4), followed by a small 4x4, known as the VCOM overseas combat vehicle, purchased by the Army in 1962.
When orders dropped at the end of the Algerian War of Independence, Paul Legueu, René’s son, took over from his father and created ACMAT in Saint Nazaire in 1966.
He brought out a new version of the VCOM, renamed the VLRA, a liaison, reconnaissance and support vehicle highly appreciated by the French army. It has been the French President’s command car in the Bastille Day military parade for 40 years.
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