After the Second World War, Japan was primarily known for making cheap knockoffs of foreign designs, competing on the basis of cheap labor. (This gap was wider at the time than it is now, due to the privations the Japanese population suffered during and after the war.) he most widely distributed Japanese bike of this era was sold under the name Royce Union.
Indeed, many well-made used bikes are much better than some department store bikes today.
In response to popular demand, the site has expanded to include not-so-vintage Trek bikes of all kinds as new as 2012.
Mountain bikers, and carbon and aluminum aficionados do not despair - the brochure extracts on the site contain a list of specs for all of the bikes Trek produced in that year.
The nascent Austro-Daimler and Puch companies were formed in four cities; Wein, Graz, Steyr and Wiener-Neustadt in what the history books refer to as the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the 1890's.
To be concise, the origin was some decades before then in 1855 when Josef Werndl (b. 29 April 1889), a gunsmith, took over the established family manufacturing company then making components for small arms.