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Are they UK owned? Whose engines do they use? And how good are they compared to the Transit?
 
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cerbman said:
Are they UK owned? Whose engines do they use? And how good are they compared to the Transit?
I know when Dave comes back I'm sure he will help. I know LDV - stands for Leyland Daff Vans - the company was founded on the Austin Sherpa chassis - 25 years vintage. When DAF was loosing money, the company was bought out using venture capital from 3i (management buyout). :D

Since then has gone from strength to strength. Difficult to say which is best - Transit - Sherpa? There are new models and derivatives being developed. Only engine I know was fitted to the LDV chassis - Rover 3500cc V8! :D

PS. Robin - just curious have you posted this thread on tother site? Good one though!
 
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Should have asked that off line - but I'm not having a peep to see who's on over there. Mentioned to JLD that the Feb target is 90 members - if the shortfall is huge. Then............

OT - travelled to London in a LDV flat bed to London yesterday morning - very slow up the M40 cutting nr Stockenchurch. Delivering steel to BT building. Check out FR Fletcher & Son :D for a picture of the vehicle.
 

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I have used both transit and LDV minibuses in the past couple of years, usually 16 seat + driver.

IMHO the LDV is the better drive, seems to pull better from low revs when fully loaded.
 

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LDV vans use the Ford engine from the Transit these days, and in a word they offer a lot of designs for specialist operations. My company has used many of them for milk delivery vehicles and our opinion is that they are unreliable and of ancient design but are cheap. The Transit is light years ahead. LDV was planning a replacement with Daewoo but that has been messed up by the problems there.
 

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LDV are a British owned company, formed from the ashes of the DAF collapse in 1993 by former director Allen Amey, manufacturing the Pilot and Convoy models, with linage that can be traced (in diametrics) directly back to the old Austin J4 and JU250's of yore. Built in the old Wolseley plant at Common Lane, Washwood Heath in Birmingham, the current (Ricardo enginnered) Pilot range uses the PSA 1.9 XUD engines, naturally aspirated, whereas the Convoy is now powered by the Ford 2.5di which was last used in the Transit B4 the new Duratorq series came on stream. The venerable Rover/Buick V8 is also avaliable for Police and Ambulance derivatives. They also market the Cub, a Nissan model built in Spain (Ebro). The range is the 3rd best seller in the UK, and the company are noted for their ability to adapt vehicles for specialist applications, and they also press the panels for the LR Discovery.
Well and truly shafted is a phrase that comes to mind, as they were designing a new range codenamed GEMINI along with Daewoo, and when they went belly-up, LDV were approached by VW. LDV divulged the plans to the Germans, who then quietly pulled out (after signing various committal contracts) leaving them with the massive task of bringing GEMINI to the market on their own, with a lot of the tech. pinched by VW for their joint venture with Merc (Sprinter/LT).
In the GEMINI project, the small 3.5T range was under LDV supervision, and the larger range was under Daewoo. The project has now gone worringly quiet.
 

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Didn't quite have the anorak zipped up enough during the last post regarding engines, But before the current PSA and Ford ranges, the Perkins Prima 2.0D (The O series in a previous life) which was the diesel unit from the Maestro/Montego was used in the Sherpa/LDV's.
Nowadays, there is a bi-fuel alternative in the line up. This uses a variant of the dohc Ford 2.0 (previous generation) petrol unit.
 
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