The LT van was first launched in 1975. This Lasten Transporter: LT (which stands for load carrier) enabled the Volkswagen brand to enter the light truck market, complementing its historic light commercial vehicle offering.
The range of the LT comes to support that of its little brother the Combi which will become Transporter. As usual, VW offers several versions of this vehicle, for the VW LT, three weight categories from 2.8 to 3.5 tonnes are proposed (LT28, LT31, LT35), as well as different wheelbases, roof options and bodywork.
In terms of design, many changes were made, one of the most striking being the change of headlights from round to square in 1986, as was the grille. By reducing the space requirement, VW increased the utility space to about 5.5m².
The LT can be stored like a container! It is a real box in which you can easily put everything; this is partly what will make its success, with the arrival of diesel engines. When it was launched, the first LT had a 4-cylinder 2.0l petrol engine with 75 hp and a 4-speed gearbox. A 2.5 litre diesel engine was introduced in 1976 and a 6 cylinder version was introduced in 1978.
In 1986, two turbo diesel engines were introduced, increasing the power of this workhorse to 90 hp and 102 hp. Finally, Volkswagen decided to abandon the LT in 1995, after 20 years of production.