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The company Saviem was formed in 1955 by the merger of Renault's truck and bus producing operations with the manufacturers Somua and Latil.
From 1957 on, Saviem-LRS appeared as brand name on the company's products (the acronym signifying the former brands Latil, Renault and Somua), which was later simplified to Saviem.
From 1967 to 1977, Saviem cooperated with MAN of Germany. Also, in 1975 Saviem together with DAF, Volvo and Magirus-Deutz (soon after to become a part of Iveco) became co-founder of the Club of Four cooperation to produce medium-sized trucks.
As a result of French industrial policy, in 1975 state-owned Renault also acquired the truck and bus producer Berliet from the Michelin group.
In 1978, Berliet and Saviem were merged to form Renault Véhicules Industriels (RVI).
Again, the old brand names were retained for two more years while the model lineups gradually were assimilated, until in 1980 they were replaced by the name Renault and the Saviem brand disappeared.

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