LDV Maxus
LDV Maxus 2.8 CDi 95 SWB 2005
Manufacturer LDV Limited
Also called Fargo Fora (Turkey)[1]
Maxus V80 (China)
Weststar LDV Maxus (Malaysia)[2]
GAZ Gazelle
Production 2004–2009
2011– (planned)
Assembly Warsaw, Poland (FSO)
Washwood Heath, United Kingdom
Pekan, Malaysia (DRB-HICOM)
Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (GAZ)
Istanbul, Turkey (Askam Otomotiv)
Wuxi, China (Maxus)
Predecessor LDV Pilot
LDV Convoy
Class Van
Body style(s) SWB and LWB
Engine(s) 120 PS (88 kW/118 hp)
2500 cc Diesel engine

The MAXUS is a van model produced by LDV Limited. It was launched in late 2004. The model was jointly developed by LDV and Daewoo Motor, prior to Daewoo entering receivership in 2000, in a five year, £500 million development program. Following General Motors' acquisition of Daewoo, LDV secured the exclusive rights to the vehicle, purchased the tooling and moved it from Daewoo's plant in Poland to the LDV site in Birmingham.

Since 2005 the vehicle has received good reviews and has sold well across the UK. The van is being used on fleet basis by companies such as Transco, Royal Mail and various UK police services. The van is also very popular in the hire market.[citation needed]

LDV was acquired in 2006 by the Russian automotive giant GAZ and there are plans to start production of the MAXUS in one of GAZ's Russian factories by 2010.

Not long after its launch the LDV MAXUS was awarded the Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine "Van of the Year 2005" and has since won several further awards including "Van of the Year", "Minibus of the Year" and "Combi of the Year".

The LDV factory went into administration on the week of the 8th of June 2009, due to lack of funds from Russian owner GAZ. Some 800 workers were laid off during this period leaving the whole van building operation in question. It was hoped that Weststar may make a bid to buy the maker to allow production to restart with the funding in place.

In August 2010, it was reported that China's SAIC, which bought most of the LDV assets, planned to launch the Chinese version of Maxus in late 2011. [3] In 2011, the Chinese company Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) launched a new commercial vehicle marque called Maxus, following its acquisition of the intellectual property of LDV in 2010.[4][5] The LDV Maxus model was relaunched by SAIC as the V80 in June 2011.[4]


The MAXUS is available in two wheelbases, three roof heights and a choice of 2.8t, 3.2t and 3.5t GVW.

The vehicle is also available in these roles:

  • A multi-purpose role, mixing seats and space for transport of goods
  • A minibus version providing 10, 12, 15 or 17 seats
  • A Chassis Cab version with Dropsides, Tippers, Lutons and Box Vans
  • LDV also provide a large range of custom fleet built vans
  • LDV has just launched the MAXUS EF

LDV MaxusEdit

The Maxus is available in two wheelbases, three roof heights and a choice of 2.8t, 3.2t and 3.5t GVW. The vehicle is also available in these roles:


The Maxus is also built in other countries around the world under various brands, many of them utilizing CKDs.

Fargo ForaEdit

In Istanbul, Turkey, Askam assembled it under the Fargo Trucks brand as the 'Fargo Fora until Askam's bankruptcy in 2015.[6]

Maxus V80Edit

Available from the summer of 2011, the Chinese built V80 is available in three versions: Minibus, Logistics and Special Purpose. The Minibus is available from 7 to 16 seaters, in two trim levels. The choice of two wheelbases remains, with two different versions of the 2.5-liter diesel engine producing 88 or 100kw.[7]

Weststar LDV MaxusEdit

In Pekan, Malaysia], (DRB-HICOM) assembles it as the Weststar LDV Maxus[8]

GAZ GazelleEdit

In Nizhny Novgorod, Russia, GAZ builds the truck as the GAZ Gazelle.

FSO MaxusEdit

In Warsaw, Poland, FSO assembles/assembled it as well.


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  1. "Fargo Fora". Askam. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  2. "Weststar LDV Sdn Bhd - MAXUS - Built for Professionals". Retrieved on 2011-06-18.
  3. "SAIC to Resurrect LDV Maxus", 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "SAIC launched new brand Maxus for vans", China Car Times (3 March 2011). Retrieved on 3 July 2011. 
  5. "SAIC plans to sell MAXUS van globally in H2", Reuters (1 March 2011). Retrieved on 3 July 2011. 
  6. "Fargo Fora". Askam. Retrieved on 2 August 2010.
  7. "Configuration Parameters". SAIC Maxus. Retrieved on 17 July 2012.
  8. "Weststar LDV Sdn Bhd - MAXUS - Built for Professionals". Retrieved on 2011-06-18.

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