250,000 Vario transmissions – that means thousands of happy customers relying on Vario drives for their power, dynamics, driving comfort and ease of use. To mark the anniversary, the company would like to show its gratitude with a special promotion, launching 250, 500, 700, 800 and 900 Vario series models in the new colour, Fendt Nature Green, and with a premium package of designer features.
"The stepless Vario transmission is the only transmission solution for us", says Peter-Josef Paffen, talking about the decision taken over 20 years ago to go with Vario. "At the time we consciously opted for this innovative technology and started implementing it almost right away in every range and power level. We now offer the solution for every power band, from 50 to 500 HP. Whatever the operation, the customer can always carry out their work at the right speed. There's just no alternative for us", says the CEO of AGCO/Fendt.
1995: ML 200 (Fendt Favorit 926)
2015: Fendt VarioDrive (Fendt 1000 Vario)
Over 20 years of Vario
250,000 Vario transmissions in just over 20 years; the achievement speaks for itself. With its continuously variable drive, Fendt has made technological history. In 1995, the agricultural machinery manufacturer launched the world's first tractor with a stepless variable drive – the Vario transmission. This innovation from Fendt revolutionised agricultural technology and has been setting new standards in transmission manufacturing ever since. Due to the continuously variable drive, the tractor driver can now concentrate on what is really important; the work going on behind, in front or alongside the tractor. Fendt tractors drive at the ideal speed for the job at hand – from 20 metres to 60 kilometres per hour.
A new generation of transmission
250,000 Vario transmissions later, and the success story continues. Since 2009, all Fendt series, from the narrow-gauge tractor to the heavy-duty tractor, feature the Vario transmission. The continuous drive for 21st century farming was developed for production in the heavy-duty Fendt 1000 Vario: Fendt VarioDrive is the latest transmission innovation which features a permanently variable all-wheel drive functionality as well as all the benefits of continuous driving. Massive traction and manoeuvrability and low fuel consumption set this innovative drive apart from the rest – all in true Fendt tradition.
Core skills in transmission construction
250,000 Vario transmissions testify to the overall quality of Fendt's own transmission manufacturing plant in Marktoberdorf. 880 employees are passionately involved in the building of the transmission and rear axle assembly. In the history of the production of stepless transmissions, Fendt has relied exclusively on its internal expertise and decades of experience. Tons and tons of iron and steel are delivered every day to Fendt and are transformed inhouse into every single part of the transmission, be it the gears, shafts or casings.
Whether it is parts manufacture or for the assembly production, everything happens under one roof. Around 100 transmissions are produced every day; every six minutes a complete drive rolls off the production line. It is a standard process that every component and even the entire plant are subject to multiple quality checks. Fendt gives 100% quality in return for the loyalty of its hundreds of thousands of customers.