As a whole the Volkswagen LT range of vans was a great success for the German carmaker, with many reviewers praising the model for its versatile capabilities and excellent build quality - something which Volkswagen has a very strong reputation for.
First generation Volkswagen LT 28 (1975 - 2006)
Volkswagen first released its series of LT vans back in 1975. They were designed to be a progression on from the older Type 2 model vans, which had been used in both the German and English commercial markets. The name LT stood for ''Lasten-Transporter'', which is German for ''cargo transporter''.
The design of the LT range incorporated the largest compositions to be seen from the German manufacturer, with weights ranging from 2.8 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight. The weight of the vehicle was what lead to the name, e.g. the 2.8 tonne model was the LT 28, the 3.5 tonne model was the LT 35, and so on. The LT model featured independent front wheel suspension, with the layout of this van boasting a conventional rear drive format with the engine placed above the front axle in a traditional forward control design, often known as a cab over design.
Many aspects of the LT 28 could be customised to make the van better suit a buyer''s needs. This included two wheelbase options, as well as two roof height options and a variety of body styles, from a panel van to a chassis cab model. This led to the LT 28 being praised for its versatility. The choice to move to a forward control design improved the ratio of utility space within the van, with an overall width of 2.085 m. An interior load length of over three metres was seen on some of the compact models, with a load area of around 5.5 square metres.
Second generation Volkswagen LT 28 (1996 - 2006)
The second generation of the LT van range launched in 1996, as a joint venture between Volkswagen and Daimler''s Mercedes-Benz Commercial. The body shell for this generation of the LT was shared with the new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter model, although under the bonnet the engine and transmissions were all sourced from the Volkswagen Group.
For this second generation the sizes of the vans within the LT range had changed, increasing in size overall. Now as well as the LT 28 buyers had the option of weights ranging from a more compact 2.6 tonne model all the way up to an impressive 4.6 tonne variant. There were again options to help buyers better customise their models, including a panel van and a compact in three different wheelbase options. A range of new engines, including a 2.5 L diesel unit which was often the most popular, gave more economical choices for buyers when compared to the Mk1 models of the LT 28.
The Mk2 model was built to incorporate a new engine mounted longitudinally below a shorter hood, with rear wheel drive and power steering coming as standard. This format had become the standard format for many larger transporters, and it worked well for the LT 28. Behind the front axle there was easy access to the driver cab, with a good amount of space between the drive and passenger seat helping to add to the overall spacious feel.
Production of the LT 28 and the entire LT series of models ended in 2006, when Volkswagen launched the next model in its range of large transporter vehicles - the Volkswagen Crafter.
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