Production of the Steyr 12M18 military truck commenced in 1985. Deliveries to the Austrian Army commenced in 1986. During its introduction it was described as new generation designs. This vehicle proved to be successful. Well over 2 000 12M18 trucks were delivered to the Austrian Army as partial replacement to the Steyr 680 fleet. It was also used by Canadian forces stationed in West Germany. Furthermore it became the basis for US Army’s FMTV family of vehicles.