Mercedes-Benz T2

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Mercedes-Benz T2
Mercedes t2 doka sst.jpg
Mercedes-Benz 407 D Double Cab Pickup (1967-1981)
Overview
Manufacturer Daimler-Benz AG
Grupo Consorcio 1390 S.A.
Mercedes-Benz España S.A.
Production 1967-1996
Assembly 1969–1978
Düsseldorf, Germany
1967–1996
Ludwigsfelde, Germany
1969-present
González Catán, Argentina
Alcobendas, Spain, since 19?? (SKD)
Barcelona, Venezuela
Body and chassis
Class Light commercial vehicle
Body style Cargo Van
Crew Van
Pickup (stand. and crew cab)
Cab Chassis
Minibus
Layout Front engine, rear-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz L 319

The Mercedes-Benz T2 is a transporter built by Daimler-Benz. The T2 is also known as the "Düsseldorf transporter", since it was built until 1996 in Düsseldorf. The third series, built from 1996 at Ludwigsfelde, is branded the Vario. Some units of the T2 are assembled by Mercedes-Benz España S.A. in their Alcobendas assembly plant. For Argentina, the first T2 product are the L 608 D in 1969 until 1990. In 1989, the new products are the L 710, L 914 and 814 with the LO variant (chassis bus). The production ceased in 1966. The Venezuelan version of the T2 was manufactured in Barcelona by the Grupo Consorcio 1390 S.A. (currently MMC Automoritz S.A.) as the Mercedes-Benz Class L3. The L3 was built from 1969 up to 1978, when the company was bought by the Ford Motor Company.

First generation (1967–1986)[edit]

1982 after facelift L407D-KA motorhome

1967 saw the introduction of the T2 as a successor of the series L 319 / L 406. The vehicle filled the gap between Bremen Transporters and the heavier trucks, manufactured in Wörth

The T2 was available as a box van, a flat-bed light truck (with single or double cab), or a minibus. From 1977 the chassis was offered, for the mounting of larger box van and bus bodies, in two different widths. In 1981 the T2 received a facelift, the most visible differences were the new radiator grille, which now was a moulding of black plastic. The various T2 versions were popular for a wide range of applications: they were used as delivery vans, light builders' vans or trucks, fire-brigade and rescue support vehicles, post office parcel delivery vans (featuring sliding doors) and for very many other uses. In the early 1970s, T2 was also offered branded as a Hanomag-Henschel. In Brazil and some other South American countries was build with a turbo system.

A second generation Mercedes-Benz T2 in the United Kingdom built as a minibus. Operated by GHA Coaches.

Production of flat-bed trucks of the first generation ended after 19 year construction period, after approximately 450,000 vehicles had been produced, in 1986.

Second generation (1986–1996)[edit]

The second generation of the T2 was introduced in 1986, and was built until 1996. It was significantly upgraded, the bonnet having become longer and the design altogether more sharp-edged. The chassis has been used in minibuses in the United Kingdom and Ireland with many variations.

A third generation Mercedes-Benz T2 in the United Kingdom built as a minibus. Operated by Faresaver Buses.

They are 609D, 614D, 709D, 711D, 811D, 814D and 510 (petrol). The T2 is still built in Argentina as the L 710[1] and the LO 915[2] chassis for minibus applications.

Third generation ("Vario") (since 1996)[edit]

Main article: Mercedes-Benz Vario

Since 1996, a new generation has been assembled at the Ludwigsfelde factory and branded as the "Vario". Visual differences between the Vario and its predecessors are quite small, but include new headlights and radiator grille: at the same time the interior was revised.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.mercedes-benz.com.ar.truck Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 04/04/2012
  2. ^ www.mercedes-benz.com.ar.bus Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 04/04/2012

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