Kurbads – The Best Employer in the Transport Industry 2022

Kurbads – The Best Employer in the Transport Industry 2022

In a solemn event on November 15th at the Palace of the President, the best employers of Latvia were evaluated and the annual awards of the Confederation of Employers of Latvia were presented.

LDDK is a representative of employers at the national level, a socio-economic negotiation partner of the Cabinet of Ministers and the Latvian Free Trade Union, as well as the organization represents the interests of employers in the Saeima.

“Employers who are not only an essential part of Latvia’s economy, but also support their employees by providing a modern and safe working environment and conditions, were awarded to the local community and society as a whole,” emphasizes the general director of LDDK, Līga Menģelsone.

The award ceremony was attended in person by our Kurbads representatives- Toms Hartmanis – head of Kurbads logistics department and member of the board and Sintija Bērziņa – head of personnel and quality.

Toms Hartmanis emphasized that: “we are very honored to be on the stage and space with the best in other industries. The past few years have also been challenging for us, but our determination and values ​​have managed to keep us on the right track as we continue to grow. This award is like a good recognition of what we have done, which will motivate us to set an example in the future as well!”

We are very thankful for the appreciation and high rating!

Colonel Briedi – Welcome to our regiment!

When the autumn leaves in the trees were just starting to turn yellow and red, the Kurbads collective initiated the new 112th car carrier on which is portrayed the officer and colonel of the Latvian riflemen – Frīdrihs Briedis. Although the 112th car carrier has been already carrying Colonel Briedis through European highways for quite some time now, we would like to tell you the colonel’s story on November 11 – Lāčplēsis Day. We form our philosophy in such a way that we honor Latvian heroes and mythological legends every day, but there are days when we are more aware of the victory’s price of Latvia’s freedom. Also in the initiation rituals that we perform when we send a new trucker on his first flight, is the time we meet our heroes, our roots and our common values ​​- freedom, respect, purpose and fighting spirit.

🌟 Folklorist Inese Krūmiņa – the leader of car carriers initiations, tells more about the initiation ritual: “Everything new is well forgotten old, because in ancient times no serious event was carried out without initiation. The Kurbads collective has also had its own characteristic rituals for a long time – consecrating new things. Even though they are more oriented towards men and men’s activities, the participation of ladies in them is not missing either. While the men share their power in the bear dance – the ladies, whose intention is to beautify the world and this life, actively participate in the decoration of the branched cross – the fire cross. In the bear dance, the men received energy from each other, which was transferred to the main bear himself and he adding this energy passes it on to the car carrier. May it go smoothlyand may it always be in the right place and time.”

🧷 In his real name Fricis Brēde or Frīdrihs Briedis, born on February 7, 1888 in Lovaža Parish, Polotsk County, Vitebsk Governorate. He also started school in his native – Lovaža. Returning to Daugavpils in 1906, he entered the St. Petersburg Vladimir military school. Because of his outstanding tactical abilities, he was appointed sergeant major in his senior year. He was wounded several times while participating in the battles of the 1st World War. He did not seek loud fame, he did not seek great political moves, but he did his strategically important work perfectly and he taught people to get behind him. Self-sacrifice, steadfast character, heroism in battles and ideological conviction – these are the features that characterized Frīdrihs Briedis. He had a spirit and an unyielding will. The colonel is widely known for his personal leadership of reconnaissance, as well as his strongly disapproving attitude towards the archers leading ideology of the time. His fighting spirit and steadfastness lived on for a long time in our archers and generations of generations.

“It’s worth remembering for everyone nowadays – “Colonel taught not to put your head over the motherland, but to win the battle”. And we cannot know how important it will be to each of us today…” – Inese Krūmiņa.

📌 The Kurbads 112th car carrier has been entrusted to the long-time Kurbads driver – freight forwarder Jānis Kārkliņš.

The author of the design is our inimitable artist, creator of the overall visual concepts and images – Alfreds Paulausks.

In honor of freedom fighters and defenders of the homeland, let’s light candles, remembering and commemorating our heroes on Lāčplēsis Day. ⚔️

#pulkvedisbriedis #kurbadsinitiation #kurbadtransports #carcarrier #lāčplēsis #lāčplēšadiena #heroes #latvia #history #112

Kurbads honored with a “Diamond Award of the Decade” in the category of International cargo carriers

This week the representatives of Kurbads attended the decade award ceremony organized by AAS BALTA (PZU group) and the Ministry of Transport “The safest company fleet”, which was held for the tenth time this year. The competition took place expert discussion “ABC of safe traffic – Car, Business, People 2022”, in which special attention was paid focused on the role of the human factor and automatic safety systems in road safety improvement. The best car fleets of the competition were honored with special Decade Diamond awards within its ten-year history. 


During the discussion, there were presented four categories for the most outstanding companies in the history of the competition and there were also articles of appreciation for outstanding, sustainable and social responsible fleet management. Nominated as one of the three outstanding companies – Kurbads won the Diamond award of the decade in the category of “International car carries”!


“Today, on the tenth anniversary of the “Safest company fleet” competition, I feel really happy and satisfied with what I have accomplished. All the fleets that participated in the competition, especially our long-term participants, have worked excellently and constantly made improvements – some even for 10 years, and we want to believe that all together we have made a significant contribution to improving traffic safety. It is said that there will be things that will change, and I think that ten years of experience will allow us to draw valuable conclusions and, together with the participants, partners and friends of the competition, to do even more so that the overall driving culture in Latvia improves every year,” says the long-time chairman of the jury of the competition – Kristaps Liecinieks, head of BALTA Transport’s product and risk underwriting department.


We are thankful for the nomination and new goals will only follow…


#baltapatiesiba #satiksmesministrija #vehicle #vehicletransport #drosakaisautoparks #drosakaisuznemumaautoparks

Dream convertible with bizarre doors on Kurbads car carrier – Lincoln Continental Convertible.

Dream convertible with bizarre doors on Kurbads car carrier – Lincoln Continental Convertible.


Have you ever wondered where and when originated the warning messages on the dashboards of modern cars? For example “door ajar” or “door open” is often found in American vehicles. According to one of the versions such a signal lamp was installed for the first time in the Lincoln Cotinental because in the 20th century, in the early 1960s the popular rear suicide doors before the Second World War returned to the fourth generation. In the course of their unauthorized opening there would be a danger of more than a purse falling on the street, so the cars were equipped with a warning that was later also widely used in other brands of cars.


The history of the Lincoln Continental is also largely known as the history of Ford Motor Company’s luxury cars. Since 1940 “Lincolns” have experienced ten generations of models and the journey of life which was interrupted several times and lasted a total of 55 years, ended only two years ago in 2020. As an innovative and prestigious model the Lincoln Continental became not only the first, but also the last car in the US automobile industry with rare design features. The Lincoln model we reviewed is said to be the last four-door convertible.


The fourth generation Lincoln Continental (1961 – 1969) was created under not very favorable conditions. The luxurious and expensive models of the 1950s had caused Ford colossal losses. Therefore, it was decided to eliminate the overly branched model range which had a lush growth of technically similar, but unprofitable models of various Mark series. At the same time, the privilege of Continental as a separate brand from Lincoln was abolished. The 1950s when the Continental Mark II was the most expensive production car in the US, costing the same as a Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud, were gone. The Mark sub-brand was destined to return in the 1970s with the cult model Mark III, but no one thought about it during the major redesign of the Continental.


In place of the old post – war design, smaller, more angular, however more contemporary designs came. The reason for the sharper stance of the Continental was that one of the models of the new Ford Thunderbird design was chosen as the leitmotif of the new design. As a four-seat convertible, it was considered the first post-war American open-top sedan and gained particular attention after US President Lyndon Johnson was spotted driving to church in one. Presumably, he wasn’t late, as the only engine available was a 7-liter V8 which was later enlarged to 7.6 liters, making it the largest engine ever installed in a Ford Motor Company passenger car. Power increased accordingly from 320 to 340 horsepower.


With a standard price of $6,449 the Lincoln Continental convertible was one of the most expensive cars of the time in the US and some extras, like air conditioning, still had to be paid for. And returning to US presidents, the car in which John Fitzgerald Kennedy drove on the fateful morning of November 22, 1963, in Dallas was also a converted Lincoln Continental convertible. Amazingly, the infamous car which was extended, equipped with a telephone and a specially raised rear seat, but not at all armed, remained in the service of the office of the President of the United States until 1977. The sleek convertible with the “reverse” doors is also featured in the HBO series Entourage.


The fourth-generation Lincoln Continental was an avant-garde model not only because of its design and reverse rear doors. Although it was possible to open the rear doors even when the front ones were closed (provided by a half-cut B-pillar), the glass had to be lowered for this purpose. Relying on the customer’s skill and understanding, Ford engineers built a system that automatically lowered the glass as soon as the outer or inner door handle was pressed. Nowadays, frameless door glass, which automatically lowers and rises again by a few centimeters when the door is opened is a matter of course whereas in the sixties it was a technical hit. An equally unusual invention was the height-adjustable steering column because at that time the height of the steering wheel was mostly only changed “by angle”, that is with a pivot behind the steering wheel. All Continental convertibles were equipped as standard with an electric sunroof. If this seems like an obvious feature of an American luxury car, then electric windows and electric front head restraints – not always. The mechanism for lowering and raising the roof is equally impressive. It is adapted from the Ford Skyliner hard folding roof and occupies the entire trunk. The lid folds to the rear during the lowering process and is accompanied by a special folding extension that covers the rear of the car when the roof is down. This operation is so complicated that several videos on the YouTube channel are dedicated to it.

In the 1964-1965 model year the car saw its first major facelift, followed by another a year or two later. But the heyday of the Continental convertible was over. Having become the first four-door convertible since the Second World War in 1967 the impressive Lincoln lost public interest. Continental customers were keenly interested in the two-door Lincoln “hardtop” that debuted in 1966, which was also lighter and faster than the convertible. Four frameless doors and a retractable roof required such serious body strengthening that the Lincoln Continental ended up weighing nearly 2.6 tons with extras, making it among the heaviest Ford Motor Company passenger cars ever. The complex and therefore expensive production process of the convertible and the ever-increasing safety standards made it unprofitable to keep the extravagant vehicle in the Lincoln lineup. However, it has a good reputation in classic car circles because, despite being brutally gluttonous and large it is so enjoyable to drive that many owners even drive a Lincoln Continental to the office on a daily basis. Spare parts are also not a problem, and a lot of information about this car can be found on the Lincoln and Continental owner’s website https://lcoc.org

Logistics exhibition IAA TRANSPORTATION in Hannover, Germany.

KURBADS On September 20th – 25th the world’s most important freight, passenger transport and logistics exhibition IAA TRANSPORTATION took place in Hannover, Germany.


This is the largest commercial transport innovation platform, where all major truck manufacturers were widely represented. The exhibition offered to view various types of transport, from trucks to cargo bikes, from delivery vans to package drones, but this year dominated the innovations related to powertrain electrification and climate neutrality.


4 representatives of our company went to the exhibition – service manager Ivars Čiblis, car locksmith Guntars Abazorins, truck service manager Rihards Mesijs and truck service foreman Aleksejs Porietis.


“First of all, the truck pavilion of Kaessbohrer was visited. Its representative Krzystof Kucharewicz presented the latest technical solutions offered by this Austrian truck factory. We were particularly interested in the new trailer model “Intago Max”, whose production is scheduled to start in 2023. All the innovations are aimed at increasing the carrying capacity and adapting to the increasingly large dimensions of passenger cars, especially for the transportation of electric cars.” says I. Čiblis.


Kurbads follows with interest the news related to more environmentally friendly commercial vehicles, because it is an industry that connects us as well. The exhibition focused more on hydrogen and electric trucks, which correspond to our road transport segment.


We have also gone to the IAA Transportation exhibitions in Hannover before, but this year the novelty was test drives, where visitors could try the new products in person. Some of the truckks could be driven through the streets of Hanover and I. Čiblis took this opportunity, by testing the new MB e-Actros goods delivery electric vehicle. There was also a great opportunity to get acquainted with practical solutions for charging commercial transport electric cars.


IAA Transportation 2022 welcomed more than 1,400 exhibitors from 42 different countries. Exhibition takes place every four years, so already for the 68th time, it’s expected in September 2026 in Hannover!


Moller Baltic Import SE has been the main partner of KURBADS for more than ten years. Thanks to this cooperation, we have set the highest quality standards for ourselves and the car transport and logistics industry in the Baltic States. Together with Moller Mobility Group, we have reached several new milestones in the company’s development, and we are proud to announce that we will continue our cooperation with Moller Mobility Group for another five years. We are grateful for the opportunity and hope to achieve new goals together!

For the next five years, the car transport and logistics company Kurbads will be responsible for the direct deliveries of Volkswagen and Audi cars from the factories to car dealerships in the Baltic countries.

“Colonel Kalpaks” evolve from 77th to 111th!

🔥 Car carrier Nr 111 has been initiated! 🔥

👏 Under the leadership of folklorist Inese Krūmiņa, the traditional inititations of the car carrier were held, this time with the participation of men from the folklore group “Vilkači”, chanting the launch of the new truck. 

🦸‍♂️ As usual, the cabs of the new trucks are decorated with Latvian signs of strength and the big cabs depict legends, inspiring personalities, important fighters, whose values ​​and vision go hand in hand with the values ​​of Kurbads.

This Mercdes-Benz Actros is also equipped with a large cab, following European trends to provide greater comfort for long-distance drivers. The dimensions of the cab also allow us to express ourselves visually.

🏆 Gints has proven itself in working with exclusive and sports cars, which in most cases are much wider than other cars. Gints also stands out with his dedication, desire to constantly develop and get involved in the growth of Kurbads, so the new truck was handed to him.

⚡️It is significant that the side of the 77th truck depicts the Latvian hero – Colonel Oskars Kalpaks, with whom Gints had already driven hundreds of thousands of kilometers. And it is Oskars Kalpaks who is the first to be used again on a new truck – the 111th.

🚍 Kurbads offers jobs for both inexperienced drivers (CE category and code 95 is a must) and drivers who have driven other types of trucks and want to develop their skills. Accompanied by professional instructors, we will train you to work on a car-carrier.

📞 For more questions and further communication — +37122368141, sintija.berzina@kurbads.lv


KURBADS 110th car-carrier initiation

🔥 Kurbads 110th truck initiated with the Latvian sign of strength — “Krupītis” (toad). 🔥

The 110th car carrier has joined the fleet as the third new truck this year – its cabin is decorated with the well-known “Krupītis” in Latvian mythology.
The toad is a mysterious and majestic sign. It both means a fruitful connection, a sign of life, and it also depicts connection with the subconscious and intuition. A symbol of prosperity and welfare. 🐸

In the ritual, as usual, men performed the traditional bear dance and created a single wave of power, which was handed over to a Mercedes-Benz truck, while the ladies created knots on the wooden sign, wishing the car good luck on the upcoming travels. ✨

This is already the 24th truck, the sides of which are decorated with one of the Latvian symbols of power. Kurbads started this tradition in 2016, when the first Mercedes-Benz Actros truck joined the fleet and a story about these signs was started as part of the company’s rebranding. So far there are 16 different signs on trucks, some of which are being used on more than one car-carrier. In total, the Kurbads fleet consists of 32 trucks with these distinct designs. But more on this — very soon! 🕰

🚍 Kurbads offers jobs for both inexperienced drivers (CE category and code 95 is a must) and drivers who have driven other types of trucks and want to develop their skills. Accompanied by professional instructors, we will train you to work on a car-carrier.

📞 For more questions and further communication — +37122368141, sintija.berzina@kurbads.lv


The initiation of 109th Kurbads car carrier!

Car transport and logistics company “Kurbads” continues to renew and expand its fleet. This time, the fleet is complemented by a new truck equipped with a large driver’s cab for added comfort. “Kurbads” knows that in order to ensure a consistently high quality of service to its customers, it is very important to ensure comfortable working conditions for its drivers.

Every new addition to the fleet does not do without the initiation that has already become a tradition so that the road of the new truck will be long, safe and good. The initiation event is also the moment when all the people of “Kurbads” together for the first time can fully see the hero or legend depicted on the cab – the story that this time has earned a place on the truck and its further telling to the world.

The new Mercedes Actros truck has character, and therefore it has been given the appropriate legend and story as another proof that Latvians are everywhere. Arvīds Blūmentāls will be better known to the wider world as Crocodile Harry or the crocodile hunter, or, in the Hollywood version, in the incarnation of the film Crocodile Dundee. “Eventful” would be the most appropriate way to describe his life, and his photo should be in the dictionary next to the definition of the word “adventurer.”

Arvīds Blūmentāls was born in Dundaga in 1925 but emigrated to Australia in 1951 after World War II. He arrived in North Queensland in 1956, whereas a new occupation and later a profession, Arvids began hunting and selling crocodiles. The dangers of crocodiles are well known to all, so crocodile hunters have often become celebrities throughout Australia, known for their courage and skills. His adventures and hunter’s stories are part of Australian “bush” folklore. Blūmentāls documented his adventures in the books “Latvian Crocodile Hunter in Australia” (1957) and “Long After the Sun” (1958). He is said to have caught at least 10,000 to 40,000 crocodiles during his career as a crocodile hunter. Arvīds Blūmentāls also served as the inspiration for Paul Hogan’s Crocodile Dundee film franchise in the 1980s. He later moved to the world opal mining capital of Coober Pedy, and became an opal hunter, setting up his legendary underground home which is also seen in the 1985 film Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Arvīds’ legend grew throughout Europe thanks to dozens of documentaries, including the 1995 Harry the Crocodile, which strengthened his cult status in Latvia, and the mention of Lonely Planet Australia gave Arvīds a steady stream of visitors. Arvīds Blūmentals died in 2006 at the age of 80, but his spirit and legend continue to live on.

Kurbads 109th carrier is handed over to Māris Labarevics, who is also from Dundaga. “Confidence, determination and competence are the words that characterize Māris as a driver. Maris received the Best Driver 2021 award and has proven himself in the “Kurbads” team and in the fleet,” says Toms Hartmanis, Kurbads logistics manager.

More about how Crocodile Harry surprisingly came into Kurbads sight and on the big truck cabin watch in our latest video!

More photos on Kurbads Instagram!


“Colonel Kalpaks” with another delivery for Ukraine

“Colonel Kalpaks” or the 77th car-carrier, along with its driver Gints, is on the way to the Ukrainian-Polish border to deliver another load with cars that serve as humanitarian aid for Ukraine. In cooperation with Reinis Pozņaks and his team, we continue to assist with the deliveries of SUVs to the Ukrainian border.


The whole world admires the inexhaustible fighting spirit and patriotism of Ukrainians. It is difficult to imagine an even more suitable hero than Colonel Kalpaks, who would be entrusted with delivering cars to support Ukraine. Colonel Kalpaks is a symbol of patriotism and freedom. He is a symbol of how one person can change the destiny of an entire nation and country. With belief in one’s own strength, one can rewrite the history of the whole country.


Oskars Kalpaks undertook to lead his troops in conditions of complete ignorance, without sufficient support, without the necessary weapons. He believed in what virtually none of the surrounding members of society believed in the creation and survival of an independent state. His inexhaustible spirit of struggle changed the destiny of the whole country and nation and continues to inspire us today.


In these times of unrest, we are doing what we can best – supporting Ukrainian heroes by transporting cars and providing humanitarian aid. We handed over the current cargo to the defenders of Ukraine, accompanied by Colonel Kalpaks, to remind us of the great power in the hands of individuals. 


We will continue to deliver cars for free as long as we have cars to deliver. We believe in the heroes of Ukraine and we believe that Ukraine will be an independent country. Glory to the heroes, glory to Ukraine!