Fendt has celebrated production of the 250,000th Vario transmission and to mark the occasion the company has launched a special promotion, producing 250, 500, 700, 800 and 900 Vario series models in the new Fendt Nature Green colour and fitted 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.
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.
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.
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 senior managers lead the celebrations of the 250,000th Vario transmission: (from left to right) Michael Gschwender (Managing Director for IT and Finance), Peter-Josef Paffen (CEO) and Ekkehart Gläser (Managing Director for Production)