Click on the dates in the timeline below to view interesting events in Mercedes-Benz Vario's history
Introduction of the T2 (first generation), a successor of the L319/L406 series. The vehicle filled the gap between Bremen Transporters and the heavier trucks, manufactured in Worth.
New chassis launched
Chassis was offered, for the mounting of larger box van and bus bodies, in two different widths.
The T2 received a facelift, the most visible differences were the new radiator grille, which was now a moulding of black plastic.
Second generation launched
A significantly upgraded second generation was launched. The hood became longer and the design altogether more sharp-edged. The chassis had been used in minibuses in the United Kingdom with many variations – 609D. 614D, 709D, 711D, 811D and 814D.
Third generation launched
A third generation, assembled at the Ludwigfelde factory, was launched and branded as the ‘Vario’. Visual differences between the Vario and its predecessors are quite small, but include new headlights and radiator grille. The interior was also revised.
New engine introduced
To meet the requirements of future emissions standards, the Vario will be converted to include a new engine, featuring new exhaust technology that will supplement the trine-and-trusted SCR technology and meet the Euro 6 standard.