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.


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.


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.


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.


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



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.

Author: Jeroen

In Dutch, my homelanguage: Ik ben Jeroen, tot januari 2015 was ik al dik 26 jaar werkzaam in een psychiatrisch ziekenhuis in een stad vlakbij Werelds grootste havenstad Rotterdam. Eerst als verpleegkundige/begeleider op high care, later op afdeling dubbeldiagnose (verslavingen) en ook nog een tijdje als administratief medewerker. Ik heb een spierziekte "Poli Myositis" (alle spieren zijn ontstoken) daardoor weinig energie. Sinds augustus 2015 is daarbij de diagnose Kanker gesteld, en ben ik helemaal arbeidsongeschikt geworden en zit middenin de behandelfase. Gelukkig ben ik daarnaast getrouwd, vader, en opa, en heb de nodige hobby's. Een daarvan is transportmiddelen verzamelen en daarmee een blog schrijven. Dit blog begon met bussen, maar nu komen ook sleepboten, auto's trucks en dergelijke aan bod. Kijk en geniet met me mee, reageer, en vul gerust aan. Fouten zal ik ook graag verbeteren. In English: I'm Jeroen, till januari 2015 I was already 26 years working as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital, near Rotterdam, Worlds biggest harbour with more than 98 nationalities living within it's borders. First I worked on closed high care ward and the last years on a ward with mainly addicted people. I liked my work very much. In 2007 I got ill. I got the diagnose Poli Myositis, a musscle dissease. Al my mussles are inflamed. And last august I got another diagnose. Cancer. It's plaveicelcel carcinoma and treated with Chemo and radioation. So I've even less energy than the last years. Still I try to make something of my life and the blog is helping with surviving with some pleasure.

5 thoughts on “Buses + Trucks LDV Leyland DAF Vans”

    1. Hello Arnaud, It’s a beauty. Hij is wel degelijk uit 1988, alleen toen waren onderhandelingen gaande. Fabrieken stonden niet stil, en geloof dus maar rustig de papieren die bij de auto zitten. Heel veel plezier met de Camper. En een goede jaarwisseling alvast.


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