Ford was a major manufacturer or farm tractors for much of the 20th Century. The Ford brand was first used on tractors in 1939 with the introduction of the 9N, although the Fordson brand had already been in use for 20 years. The European Fordson brand and US Ford brand were consolidated in 1964 with the creation of a global tractor line. Ford purchased New Holland in 1985, creating the Ford-New Holland line. Ford's farm equipment group was sold to Fiat in 1990, which began phasing out the Ford name.