The Hanomag name is a contraction of one of the original names of the company, Hannoversche Maschinenbau AG, which had a long history in industrial production before its first car was built in 1925. This small car was given the nickname “Kommissbrot” (army loaf) because of its rounded shape. The company also built railway engines and tractors, with car production second only to Opel by 1930. After WW II, the company built tractors and trucks with car manufacture ending in 1952. In the late 1960’s Hanomag merged with the Henschel company.