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VW and MAN join in 1977 to produce a medium truck — a market is untapped by Volkswagen and not visited by MAN the 1960’s, having concentrated on trucks, with partner of France, from 1968 to (when Saviem joined at Renault).


VW’s LT grows to fill the gap between the and the forth-coming range with and 45 versions and the addition of a 2.4 litre diesel engine (also by Volvo in their 200 and 700 series to replace the Perkins unit.

— 1993

VW-MAN G — or MT — is launched a wide version of the LT cab on a MAN chassis and a MAN engine. The range starts at 6 through 8 tonnes/136bhp (a 4×4 is shown here) to 10tonnes/150bhp. are built altogether — at VW’s Hanover plant, the launch of the T4, when production to MAN’s plant. It is also under license by RABA of


VW do Brasil buys 67% of Chrysler Corporation do Brasil to Chrysler Motors do Brasil the remaining shares being by VW in 1980, spelling the end of Chrylser car in Brazil. VW continues Brazilian truck production (the and D700) at Sao Bernardo do Campo 1981 when Volkswagen Ltda takes over the new 11.130 and 13.130 using the version of the LT cab on developed Dodge Like the Dodge trucks the new VW models use MWM (formerly Deutz, now MWM — part of Navistar since 2005) diesel and engines — in the E13 model.

The methane biogas fuelled VW 140 is


Limited exports of the 11.130 truck to China.

— 1994

The VW (51%) / (49%) AutoLatina joint kicks off with VW badged Escorts and Orions (with VW and transmissions) and Ford badged and Quantums (Passat) sold in and Argentina. VW Truck and Bus transfers all from the old Chrysler site owned by Daimler) to the Ford plant (where it is still at Ipirango, Sao Paulo, where the VW leaves the line during under Ford’s watch.

(The Type 2 Panel Kombi and Caravelle (for are made at VW’s car plant in Sao Paulo, but this South venture should not be confused the VW Sharan / Ford Galaxy Portugese project).

VW’s production gains exclusive use of Ipirango site, Sao Paulo and to Paccar in the United States where the truck is sold as the K300 and Peterbuilt Midranger (Paccar bought Foden in and Leyland DAF in 1997 — the K300 is based on the Leyland 45 and no longer exists).

Ford’s (originally the Ford GB developed dating back to 1981, was as a World Truck ) is also to the States where it still as the Freightliner and Sterling Cargo it is also made in Turkey, the Transit, and India, by a Leyland (Ford sold it’s Truck business to Freightliner in which has since been by Daimler Trucks, aka Mercedes.)


MAN buys out Steyr-Puch (at a when they are busy the T3 Syncro and LLE Multivan to meet giving them access to facilities and markets in Turkey, and Poland.


The first chassis is unveiled — the — and immediately becomes second best seller. took over Bussing in

1994 — 2000

A Brazilian truck is exported to as the VW L80 to replace the MT in VW’s line-up. MAN the MT with their own L2000 and using Steyr cabs.

As the failing Autolatina partnership to a close, VW builds a new factory at Resende, Rio De Janeiro, in record with production resuming in All suppliers are based on site, on their specialised areas the so-called Modular Consortium . all sub-assemblies — or modules coming together for final on the VW production line.

The Volkswagen Nutzfarhnzeuge (Commercial division parts from the car in Germany to become one of Volkswagen many brands.


to Argentina begin


Volkswagen L80

MAN British firm, ERF and STAR of

Having acquired Volvo’s of Scania AB, (Volvo runs off Renault’s RVI subsidiary — Saviem and Mack — it learns that competition prevent the acquisition of it’s rival) Volkswagen Nutzfarhnzeuge at Hannover assumes control of VW e Onibus Ltda (Truck and from VW do Brasil, overseeing a expansion program. Manufacturing are established in Argentina, Mexico and in South Africa. Research alternative fuels, in partnership MWM, gathers pace.

efforts to integrate Truck and Bus at Scania and MAN falter until when component sharing between the two brands. In early VW assumes majority voting (68%) in Scania and with MAN a minority stake (17%) incidentally VW also holds 29% of shares (in 2008).


Scania enters a research and development and marketing with medium truck Hino Trucks of Japan of the Toyota group). By the end of 2003, are sold in Japan through outlets, and Scania dealers Hino small trucks their dealerships in South

2002 — 2005

The LT cab sees another incarnation on the new 18.310 Tractor unit, the beginning of heavy truck for VW.

2004 — 2005

The wins the European Truck Cup for two years running, even it isn’t sold in Europe!

The range expands further the Delivery light truck Worker medium truck(renamed

and the new Constellation heavy truck, VWN’s new corporate nose and diesels, closely followed by the new produced) Crafter that the second generation LT in Germany.


MAN abandons it’s billion euro hostile over bid for Scania AB (Toyota had a go during 2004), after it was rejected by Scania’s Board of

2008 — 2009

truck production passes units during 2008, exports to 40 countries across America, Africa and the Middle through to Asia. MAN AG takes VW Truck and Bus (valued at 1.6 billion with full effect 01 January 2009. All models their Volkswagen roundels, Scania remains firmly in control as the Group’s ninth

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