Unic (pronounced U-nee-KHH) began in 1905 at Puteaux, France. Its founder, a racing car driver Georges Richard wanted to make vehicles that catered 'only' for the general public i.e. taxis. Their popularity in the 30's and 40's inspired to make larger public vehicles i.e. mini-vans and mini-trucks.
In 1952, Henri Pigozzi the owner of Simca Automobiles who always wanted to diversify, purchased the firm. Finally, it was sold to FIAT who merged it with Iveco in 1975.