1927

Francesco Cassani (1906-1973) and Eugenio Cassani (1909-1959) produce the world’s first tractor with diesel engine.


1932

The Cassani brothers patent highly sophisticated, high-speed diesel engines for lorries.


1934

A new area for applications opens up: revolver marine engines and opposed pistons. A prototype on an Este I speedboat wins the Duca di Genova cup in the Venice-Trieste-Venice race.


1936

SPICA (Società Pompe a Iniezione Cassani) is founded, receiving an award from the National Research Council for the construction of “injection pumps for diesel land, marine and aviation engines”.


1938

High-speed, eight-cylinder, revolver diesel engines for marine and aviation use are built in partnership with Odero-Terni-Orlando at La Spezia shipyards.


1942

After years of experience designing advanced diesel engines and injection pumps, the Cassani brothers found SAME (Società Accomandita Motori Endotermici) in Treviglio (BG – Italy).


1946

At the Milan Trade Show, the first SAME 3-wheel automatic mower is unveiled. The engine can be removed to become a small power unit.


1948

The Universal Mini-Tractor, the 10 hp SAME 3R 10, comes into being, featuring a reversible seat. This wins the gold medal of the Academy of Agriculture, Turin, and is described by the newspaper “Il Giornale dell’agricoltura” on 24 October 1948 as a “gem of Italian industry”.


1950

Production of the 10 hp SAME 4R 10 model, and 20 hp SAME 4R 20 model starts up, which is petroleum-fuelled, with reversible driving.


1952

The SAME DA 25 is launched, the first four-wheel drive tractor with twin-cylinder 25 hp diesel engine. Mass production of four-wheel drive tractors, with original dual traction system, already conceived in 1928, begins.


1956

The new SAME factory is inaugurated, a rectangular building looking out onto the Padana Superiore road linking Milan to Venice. The factory has 80,000 square metres of covered warehousing and a workshop 250 metres long.


1958

SAME’s first, original automatic control unit (SAC) is developed, with control of the draft on the lower arms – a system that will later be applied to the 240, 360 and 480 “smart tractor” models.


1961

This is the year of the PULEDRO, and the SAMECAR – the tractor that works the land and transports products. A new range of 6- and 8-cylinder engines is also developed.


1966

The 60 hp CENTAURO is launched, the forerunner of the LEONE and MINITAURO. These models are decisive in increasing agricultural mechanisation and making a name for SAME, the world over.


1968

The DRAGO 80 CV with the “L” series in-line 6-cylinder engine comes off the production line.


1972

Negotiations begin to acquire Lamborghini Trattori, and are finalised with the merger in 1973.


1973

Innovation in engines continues; the PANTHER tractor is developed with a 5-cylinder engine and injection pumps embedded in the cylinder block, which become a characteristic feature of all future production.


1975

The TIGER 100 with original SAME cab and wet disk brakes is hailed as the best tractor in Europe.


1976

With BUFFALO, SAME enters high-power segment.


1978/1979

The SAME Lamborghini Group acquires the Swiss brand Hürlimann Traktoren and officially becomes SAME+LAMBORGHINI+HÜRLIMANN (SLH), the second manufacturer of tractors in Italy, and one of the top producers worldwide.


1983

Individual models are no longer designed, and instead the new LASER and EXPLORER families are launched, with a focus, for the first time ever, on styling.


1989

The quality of SAME engines improves considerably, and the entire 1000 series, designed with considerable attention to component modularity, can also have electronic injection control.


1991

With the TITAN models, the high-power Electronic PowerShift transmission is launched.
Launch of FRUTTETO II, a range dedicated to specialist tractors, used in orchards and vineyards.


1993

Research into the most fully comprehensive range leads to the design of “mini-tractors” a series of mini-power models for use in greenhouses, vineyards, orchards and for gardening too.


1995

The Klöckner-Humboldt-Deutz agricultural machinery division is acquired, and the SAME DEUTZ-FAHR Group is established.


2000

Introduction of electronics and evolution of Powershift and CVT transmissions.


2011

The Company celebrates its one millionth tractor: the Fruttetoᶟ S 90.3 Hi-Steer.


2012

Launch of the VIRTUS range.


2017

SAME Frutteto S ActiveDrive: Machine of the Year 2017 in the specialised tractor category.