After a management buy-out in 1993, Leyland DAF became LDV. As part of the change the company decided to change the range of vehicles offered. In 1996 the LDV Convoy was released, this model was a face-lifted version of the 400 model. Similar to the 400 series, you could have different styles of vehicle, including panel van, pick-up, Luton (box) and the very popular 15 & 17 seat minibuses. It came in various weight classes, namely 2.8t, 3.1t and 3.5t. You also had a choice of single and twin rear wheeled axles.
It also came with a number of different engines:
- Peugeot 2.5 Diesel, Non-turbo, same as the 400 series (1996 – 1998)
- Peugeot 2.5 Diesel, turbo, same as the 400 series (1996 – 1998)
- Ford 2.5Di Diesel, Non – turbo (1998 – 2001)
- Ford 2.5Di Diesel, Turbo (1998 – 2001)
- Ford 2.4 Diesel, Duratorq in both 75ps & 90ps (2001 – model end approx. 2006)
- Ford 2.0L Petrol/LPG DOHC (2001 – 2003)
The Convoy proved to be a very popular with small and large fleet, including Royal Mail, the military and most of the large van hire companies. This was because of the special vehicle options that LDV offered.
The model was manufactured for over 10 years and still has a large presence in the used van market.