Versatile (Buhler Versatile Inc.)
Versatile was the first company to mass-produce articulated four-wheel drive tractors, starting in 1966 with the D100 and G100 four-wheel drives.
In the 1970’s, four-wheel drive demand increased significantly, with Versatile becoming a leader in four-wheel drive development and production.
In 1987, Versatile was acquired by Ford New Holland and by 1989 the four-wheel drive tractors assembled at the Winnipeg factory were painted in the Ford colors, blue, black and white, and carried the Ford Versatile name. Production of blue fourwheel drive tractors under the New Holland name continued until 2000.
Buhler Industries Inc., a Canadian-owned farm equipment manufacturer, purchased the Winnipeg four-wheel drive plant from New Holland in 2000.
Buhler celebrated 40 Years of Versatile tractor production in 2006 and commemorated 50,000 Versatile-built four-wheel drives in late 2007. At the same time, Combine Factory Rostselmash Ltd., a Russian combine manufacturer, purchased 80% of the common shares of Buhler Industries Inc. At the North American dealer meeting in 2008, the company announced the return of Versatile branded tractors.