Mercedes-Benz 407 D double-cab truck (1967-1981)
Grupo Consorcio 1390 S.A.
|Also called||Hanomag-Henschel F-series|
IKCo - Tehran, Iran
González Catán, Argentina
Alcobendas, Spain, since 1971-1997 (SKD)
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Light commercial vehicle|
|Body style||Cargo Van|
Pickup (stand. and crew cab)
|Layout||Front engine, rear-wheel drive|
|Predecessor||Mercedes-Benz L 319|
The Mercedes-Benz T2 was a transporter manufactured by Daimler-Benz. The T2 is also known as the "Düsseldorf transporter", since it was built in Düsseldorf from 1967 on. The third series, built from 1996 at Ludwigsfelde, was branded the Mercedes-Benz Vario. Some T2s were assembled by Mercedes-Benz España 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)
In 1967, the T2 was introduced as a successor to the L 319 / L 406 series. The vehicle filled the gap between the smaller Mercedes-Benz T1 (or Bremen Transporter) 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 it was built with a turbo system.
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)
The second generation of the T2 was introduced in 1986, and was manufactured until 1996. It was significantly upgraded, the bonnet having become longer and the design altogether more sharp-edged. The chassis sold in large numbers in the United Kingdom and Ireland during the minibus revolution. Variations included the 609D, 614D, 709D, 711D, 811D, 814D and 510 (petrol).
In 1996, the T2 for people transport was replaced by the Mercedes-Benz Vario, whereas the T2 for freight and goods transport was replaced by the all-new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Visual differences between the Vario and its predecessors were quite small, but included new headlights and radiator grille: at the same time the interior was revised.
- T2: a new generation Commercial Motor 5 July 1986
- Mercedes announces record midibus sales Commercial Motor 20 October 1988
- New South Wales Bus Operators and Fleet Listings. Sydney: Historic Commercial Vehicle Association. 1994. p. 120.
- Ventura Group Australian Bus Fleet Lists
- www.mercedes-benz.com.ar.truck Archived 14 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 4 April 2012
- www.mercedes-benz.com.ar.bus Archived 9 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine Mercedes-Benz (Argentina) - Consulted el 4 April 2012
- Vario replaces the T2 Commercial Motor 3 October 1996
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