Buses + Trucks LDV Leyland DAF Vans

LDV Group

Eco Concept Limited
Former type Subsidiary
Industry Automotive
Fate Sold
Successor(s) Maxus (owned by SAIC Motor)
Founded 1993 as Leyland DAF Vans from Leyland DAF in receivership
2010 as part of SAIC Motor
Defunct 15 October 2009
Headquarters Washwood Heath,BirminghamWest Midlands,England formerly the main manufacturing facility of Wolseley Motors
Products Automobiles
Parent SAIC Motor
Website LDV.co.uk

Eco Concept Limited (formerly Leyland DAF Vans then LDV Group Limited) is a British van manufacturer, based in the Ward End area of Birmingham.

In its history part of Rover Group and Leyland DAF, was latterly a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian GAZ group. Owing to the worldwide recession and a lack of long term investment, production was halted at LDV’s Birmingham factory in December 2008.

After a series of failed rescue attempts in 2009, the assets of the company were sold by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers to China Venture’s firm Eco Concept, on 15 October 2009.

 History

LDV was formed in 1993 as Leyland DAF Vans Limited following a management buy-out of DAF NV‘s Leyland DAF van manufacturing division, following the bankruptcy of the Dutch company. Later the name was officially changed to LDV Limited.

Prior to its merger with Leyland Trucks and DAF Trucks in 1987 it was part of the British Leyland / Austin Rover Group empire and was latterly the Freight Rover arm of the Land Rover Groupdivision.

In December 2005, after going into administration, LDV was bought by group Sun Capital Partners/Sun European Partners and was subject to a financial restructuring.[2] What Van reported LDV’s commitment to its existing customers, including an assurance from their marketing director that their production target of 1000 vans per month would put them well above break-even point.

The Russian GAZ Group acquired LDV on 31 July 2006, and also established a new company, GAZ International, based in the UK, to focus on the automotive industry.[4] The BBC reported that a GAZ spokesperson said that the company had appointed former Ford of Europe executive Martin Leach and former A.T. Kearney executive Steve Young to run the business, and that it planned to expand production at LDV’s Birmingham plant by adding new product lines and entering new markets in Europe and elsewhere. GAZ had plans to export LDV technology to Russia, and start producing the Maxus at the GAZ Nizhny Novgorod plant in Russia with 50,000 as an initial volume. (http://www.autoindustry.co.uk/news/05-11-07_4) There were also proposals to export the GAZ Maxus to Australia, a traditional market for British Leyland.

However, GAZ’s plans never really showed any increased output, and due to the severe worldwide recession and a lack of long term investment and commitment, production was halted at LDV’s Birmingham factory in December 2008.

After the UK Government tried once again to save the company by agreeing to pour in £5 million of grants to enable Malaysia‘s WestStar Corporation to purchase LDV, WestStar failed to secure financing.

The assets of the company were sold by administrators PricewaterhouseCoopers to Chinese Firm ECO Concept, on 15 October 2009, and then sold to SAIC Motor in 2010.

Vehicles

1991 Leyland DAF 400 [V400] 1991 Leyland Daf 400 St John Ambulance This 1991 Leyland Daf 400 Leyland Daf 400 V8 Ambulanc 1994 Ambu LDV Blue DAF 400 Minibus daf v400 LDV 3d Logo 3D Model leyland daf 200 Leyland daf 400 Leyland DAF ERV

LDV produced a range of panel vans, pick-ups and minibuses, all available with various modifications and specifications. LDV’s main customers were large British corporations, such as theRoyal MailNational Grid plc and many other utility companies, which were politically persuaded to buy British-built vehicles.

Convoy/Pilot

1975 Freight Rover Leyland AM Sherpa Camper Van Retro LDV Spares or Repair1975 Freight Rover Leyland AM Sherpa Camper Van Retro LDV Spares or Repair

1986 LDV Mini-Bus At Stonehenge 1987 LDV in Scotland 2008 1988 LDV With Solar Panels At Festival 1988-93 Daf 400 en LDV fans 1989 LDV PILOT Campervan 1989 LdvDan 1990 LDV bus 1991 ldv-pilot-01 1992 Leyland DAF 400 1994 Ambu LDV 1994 LDV 400 Minibus-Camper 1994 LDV Ambulance 1996 - 2005 LDV Convoy 1997 LDV Convoy PC Minibus 1997 LDV Convoy 1999 LDV CONVOY 2400 cc 17 Seater 17 Seat Bus Low Mileage 1999 LDV Convoy Highroof Minibus 1999 LDV Minibus 1999 LDV Pilot 2000 LDV Bus ful 2000 LDV Convoy Minibus Campervan Conversion 2001 Bussen LDV Graffitied Mini Bus 2001 LDV Ambu 4408 2001 LDV Convoy UVG Wheel Chair Acces 2002 LDV CONVOY MINIBUS DIESEL (02 - 05) - 13 Seat Accessibility Bus 2002 LDV Convoy Minibus 2003 LDV convoy accesible bus 2003 LDV Convoy from Torrington 2003 ldv-convoy-05 2003 MU51 ERJ LDV Truck Apache Arrow 2004 ambulance LDV 400 diesel 2004 LDV Convoy 17s 2004 LDV 2005 3d ldv convoy 400 model 2005 LDV CONVOY 17 Seater, 2005 LDV Maxus 2.8 CDi 95 SWB 2005 ldv-ambulance-kent 2005 Police LDV Training Unit 1140168 2006 LDV Bus 2006 LDV Camper NZ 2006 LDV CONVOY 17 SEAT MINIBUS 2006 LDV Maxus T3 2006 Leyland LDV Pilot (Daf 200 Serie) 2008 LDV Police 2009 LDV Gazelle 2010 LDV Convoy Brandweer Diessen Nederland 2010 LDV Convoy in politieuitvoering te Belfast 2011 LDV mini bus 2012 LDV New Zealand

Up until early 2006, LDV produced the Convoy and Pilot, derived from the venerable British Leyland Sherpa, and developed considerably throughout the 1970s–90s, and which are a common sight in the UK.

Cub

Between 1996 and 2001 LDV sold the Cub, a badge engineered Nissan Vanette.

LDV Cub

Maxus

2005 LDV Maxus 2.8 CDi 95 SWB2005 LDV Maxus 2.8 CDi 95 SWB

The last range of vans, the Maxus, was introduced in 2005. The Maxus was originally planned as a joint venture with Daewoo of South Korea. Daewoo however, went into receivership in 2000 before the project came to fruition. LDV subsequently acquired the exclusive rights to the van from General Motors, who had taken over Daewoo, and purchased the existing tooling and shipped it all to Birmingham from the Daewoo plant in Poland where the van was originally intended to be built. The Maxus was fitted with direct injection, common rail, diesel engines supplied by VM Motori.

Buses LAZ Lviv Bus Factory Ukraine

Lviv Bus Factory

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Lviv Bus Factory LAZ
Type Holding company
Founded May 21, 1945
Headquarters LvivUkraine
Key people Igor ChurkinRoman Grudinin
Products Busestrolleybuses
Parent LAZ Holding
Website laz.ua

The Lviv Automobile Factory, (UkrainianЛьвівський автомобільний завод, L’vivs’kyi Avtomobil’nyi Zavod), mostly known under its obsolete name L’vivs’ky Avtobusnyi Zavod (UkrainianЛьвівський автобусний завод, literally “Lviv Bus Factory”) is a bus manufacturing company in LvivUkraine. Their brand-name is LAZ (ЛАЗ), and the company and its products are often referred to with this acronym rather than the full name.

 Structure

LAZ Holding consists of a few companies.

  • Lviv Bus Factory “LAZ”
  • Dnepro Bus Factory “DAZ”
  • Nikolayev Machine Plant “NMZ”
  • LAZ finance company “LAZ Finance”
  • LAZ sales “Targoviy Dom LAZ”
  • LAZ Service and parts “LAZ Service”
  • LAZ Holding central office “Office Kiev”
  • LAZ New York office “Office New York”
  • Lemberg Coach Luxury buses “Lemberg Coach”

Facilities

LAZ Holding has two factories located in Ukraine. LAZ being the bigger one and DAZ being the smaller one.

LAZ is in LvivUkraine and consists of over 300 buildings sitting in a small city of its own. The Factory Property is equipped with its own water pumping system, power transforming plant, gas filtration system, water cleaning and discharging system, machinery cooling system, centralized compressed air, fire house, police team, internal telephone/PA system, press building, laser cutting shop, chroming shop, metalworking shop, painting center, design borough, and marketing center. The Factory spans more than 20 city blocks wide and 30 deep.

DAZ is smaller, Consisting of 20 large buildings located in Dneprodzershinsk. DAZ is equipped with a large assembly hall, central compressed air, welding, painting, testing center, and much more.

The central office for LAZ Holding is in Kiev, Ukraine and is located in the city center.

Overview

It was one of the major bus manufacturers in the Soviet Union and the largest-ever industrial company in the city. Now it is a private holding company. It still manufactures city buses, coach buses, trolley buses, and special purpose buses. Trams are planned in the near future.

Some of its most widely known products include the LAZ-695 city bus and its stretched tourist-oriented version, the LAZ-699. ElectroLAZ, the distinctive modern LAZ trolleybus can be seen circulating in over 25 cities around the world. LAZ provided transportation for the UEFA Euro 2012 championship that was held in Ukraine and Poland in 2012. The Ukraine government signed a contract to purchase 2500 new “CityLAZ” buses along with a possible 800 more. After the championship, LAZ buses are used as regular city transportation in the cities hosting EURO 2012. The Lviv Bus Factory (LAZ) is undergoing constant change for the better. An example of this is the fact that LAZ is moving into the American market very soon. The trip for the company starts in New York, where the American offices are located. The first deliveries in Macedonia were made in February 2011. Deliveries for cities in Ukraine were be made throughout the year of 2011. In 2012, LAZ continues to develop many new models and continues to make the old ones better. 2012 is a year of great potential and proved to be a big year for the Lviv Bus Plant LAZ as 3 new models were introduced. The LAZ 695 Soyuz, the LAZ 4207 DM, and the LAZ A183 CNG. 2013 may be the year that the first tram LAZ will be introduced.

Production

The Lvov Bus Factory is a very different company compared to other bus plants in many ways. The first way is that LAZ can produce buses for an extremely low price if compared to other bus makes. The next is that LAZ uses a system called “flexible assembly line” which means that many models which are completely different can be produced on the same line reducing production time and cost. Most factories produce one model on an assembly line requiring many different assembly lines for different types of buses. The reason why other factories do not move to this process is because it is too complicated and difficult to arrange. Another way LAZ is better is the assembly itself. Most other buses are assembled by machine which means that making a custom vehicle to fit your needs is impossible. LAZ buses are all hand assembled. Hand assembly has two benefits. The first is that buses can be tailored to any customers needs. The next is that quality increases when people check over each other’s work.

History

The Lvov Bus Plant LAZ was built in 1945 to produce Zis buses for the USSR. As an idea came about to create a whole new bus, the LAZ 695 bus was designed and approved by the Moscow Ministry of Transport. Production was launched in 1956 and continued until 2006. This is the most successful bus in the world and holds a world record for the longest in production. During the 1970s many new models were created such as the LAZ 699 and 697 which are both coach buses. In 1967, LAZ won the best bus in Europe at the Brussels auto show. LAZ was the first ever to create the low floor bus in 1963 called the LAZ 360 designed by Nami USSR. After the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, LAZ suffered a big meltdown economically due to the loss of funding. Production stopped due to no orders. After the economy started to pick up, LAZ started to produce buses again. The LAZ 52523 was created. In 2001, LAZ was sold to Russian business tycoon Igor Churkin. After the sale of the company, the whole line of production was re engineered to produce new buses which exceeded world standards in safety, looks, quality, and price.

Gallery

1948 LAZ NAMI 750 1955-58 LAZ 695 1ed 5 1956 LAZ 695 5ed 1 1956 LAZ 695 in Kolesa strany Sovetov 1956 laz 695 1956 laz-695-10 1956 Ultra-LAZ-695-city2-2 1956 Ultra-LAZ-695-suburban-1 1957 LAZ 695 5ed 6 1957 laz 695 1957 laz 695a 1957 LAZ 695ex 1957 LAZ-695 Moskou 1957 laz-695-e-0002207917-preview 1957 laz-695n-03 1958 LAZ 695 7ed 2 1958 LAZ 695 B 1958 LAZ 695e 1958 LAZ 697 1small 1958 LAZ 697 Turist 1958 LAZ 697 Turista 1958 laz 697 1958 laz 697a 1958 laz-695e-07 1958–64 laz 695
1959 LAZ 695B 1ed 7 1959 LAZ 695T BT62 1 1959 LAZ 697 3 1959 LAZ 697 9 1959 LAZ 6567 1959 laz-695-06 1959-85 LAZ-697Р 1960 LAZ 697 1960 laz 698 1960 LAZ 699 1ed 7 1960 LAZ 699 A Karpaty 1960 LAZ-695e 1960 laz-695-r-08 1960 laz-699-a-turist-01 1960 LAZ-699A-Turist-5 1960-61 LAZ 695B 1ed 9 1960-66 LAZ 695 1ed 1 1960-66 LAZ 695Trolley 1960-66 LAZ 698 4 1960-66 LAZ 698 5 1960-66 LAZ 698 6 1960-66 LAZ 698 7 1960-1966 LAZ 698 3 1961 LAZ 695E 1 1961 LAZ 697 s 1961 LAZ 698 1 1961 LAZ 698 2 1961 LAZ 699 1ed 2 1961 laz ukraina 61 1961 laz ukraina 1961 LAZ UKRAINA1 1 1961 LAZ UKRAINA1 4 1961 LAZ UKRAINA2 1 1961 LAZ UKRAINA2 5 1962 LAZ 699 1ed 1 1962 LAZ 699A 2ed 2 1962 LAZ 699A 2ed 4 1962 LAZ 699A 3ed 2 1962 LAZ UA 1962 1962 laz-695-07 1962 laz-695e-11 1962 laz-697-turist-01 1963 LAZ 360EM 1963 LAZ 360EMa 1963 LAZ 695B 1ed 7 1963 LAZ 695E 4 1963 LAZ 695E 5 1963 LAZ 697E 1 1963 LAZ 699A 4ed 1 1963 LAZ 699A 5ed 1 1963 LAZ LVOV 695E Transit Bus 1964 LAZ 697E 2 1964 LAZ 697M 1964 LAZ 699A 1 1964 LAZ 699A 2 1964 LAZ-695 Moskou 1966 LAZ 696 2 1966 LAZ 698 26s 5326 1966 Laz-696 4x2 34s 84p 1967 LAZ 696 1 1967 laz 697 images 1 1967 LAZ 699A 4 1967 laz Ukra1tr 1967 LAZ UKRAINA67 1 1967 LAZ UKRAINA67 5 1967 LAZ UKRAINA67 6 1967 LAZ UKRAINA67 7 1967 laz-697-m-turist-07 1968 LAZ 696 3 1968 LAZ 697N 2 1968 LAZ 698 26s 105p 4x2 1969 LAZ 695M 1 1969 LAZ 695M 2 1969 laz 695n 1969 LAZ 699N 2 1969 LAZ Kiev 111-009 1969 laz ukraina 969 1969 laz ukraina 1969 1969 LAZ UKRAINA67 69 1969 LAZ-695 bus in Minsk 1969 laz-695-04 1969 laz-695-13 1969 LAZ-695M Oekraïne 1969 laz-695n-01 image description 1969-74 LAZ-695M 1970 LAZ 697M 3 1970 laz-695-05 1970 laz-695-bus-fotografiert-lviv-21270 1971 LAZ 695N 1971 LAZ UKRAINA71 1 1971 laz-695N-1 1972 LAZ 697M 4 1972 LAZ 698 14 1972 LAZ 698 22 1972 LAZ 698 23 1972 laz-697-n-turist-05 1972 laz-699-07 1972 laz-699-10 1972 laz-699-n-08 1973 LAZ 695R 1 1973 LAZ 698T 1 1973 LAZ 699P 4 1973 LAZ UKRAINA73 1 1973 LAZ UKRAINA73 3 1973 laz-699-a-karpaty-09 1974 LAZ 698 17 1974 LAZ 698 20 1974 LAZ 698 21 1974 laz 699 1 1974 LAZ 699N 5 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1975 LAZ 697N 3 1975 LAZ 698 15 1975 LAZ 698 19 1976 LAZ 695N Bus blueprint 1976 LAZ 695N 1976 LAZ 698 16 1976 LAZ 698 18 1976 LAZ 698 24 1976 laz-695n-04 1976 laz-695n-05 ?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? 1976 laz-699-11 1976–2002 laz 695n a 1976–2002 laz 695n 1978 laz 695N-699R 3d model 1978 laz 697 1978 LAZ 697N 5 1978 LAZ 697R 1 1978 laz 699 1978 1978 LAZ 699 KARPATY 1 1978 LAZ-695 BK(Rivne) 1978 LAZ-699R AC 1253 AK OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1978-83 LAZ 4202 3 1978-83 LAZ-4202 1978-83 laz-4202-01 1978-83 laz-4202-02 1978-83 laz-4202-03 1978-83 laz-4202-04 1978-83 laz-4202-05 1978-83 laz-4202-07 1978-83 laz-4202-08 1978-83 laz-4202-09 1978-83 laz-4202-10 1978-83 laz-4202-11 1978-83 laz-4202-12 1978-83 laz-4202-13 1979 LAZ 699B 1small 1979 LAZ 5255 1 1979 laz-695n-06 1980 laz 697 1 1980 laz 5255 -karpati 1980 LAZ 1980 laz-699-08 1981 LAZ 697R 2 1981 laz-695n-07 1981 LAZ-699 Oekraïne 1982 LAZ 4202 4 1983 laz 5255-karpati 1983-90 LAZ 699R 1 1985 LAZ 695 NG 4 1985 LAZ 695NG 3 1985 LAZ 699 1986 LAZ-699R Rostov 31.10.07-060 1987 laz-699-01 1987 laz-699-02 1988 laz-695n-10 1988 laz-699-04 1990 laz-699-03 1992 LAZ 5252 3 1 1992 LAZ 5252 3 3 1992 laz-699-05 1992-06 LAZ 5252 2 1992-06 LAZ MB Restyling 5252 2-05 Trolley 1993 LAZ 695D 1 1993 LAZ 695D 3 1993 LAZ 5252 2 1 1993 LAZ 52522 3 1994 LAZ 6205 1 1994 laz concepts 1994 laz-699-12 1998 LAZ A073 3 1998 LAZ A141 (Liner-9) 1998 LAZ A141 maxresdefault 1998-99 Laz A073 04 1999 LAZ A-141 Taganrog 1999 laz-5207-01 1999 laz-5207-02 1999 laz-5207-03 1999 laz-5207-05 1999 laz-5207-07 1999 laz-5207-08 1999 laz-5207-09 1999 laz-5207-10 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 1999 laz-5207-12 1999 laz-5207-13 2000 LAZ trolleybus 008 2005 LAZ 695 2006- AeroLAZ 2006 ElectroLAZ 20 2007 LAZ Trolley 2007 LAZ, Transexpo 2007 NeoLAZ-5208 Lviv 2008 CityLAZ-20 06 2008 LAZ City 2008 LAZ Liner 9 2009 LAZ City Trolley OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA 2009 LAZ-ZAGLAV 2010 LAZ E183 root9 pic 018 2010 newlaz-city-laz-04 2010 Trolleybus LAZ E301 2011 NewLAZ InterLAZ 13,5 2012 LAZ A141 Liner 2012 LAZ 2013 NeoLAZ Karpaty avtovokzal LAZ 3d model old bus laz b LAZ 3d model old bus laz LAZ GORIZONT1-viThat’s it.