When the Mercedes-Benz Vario was launched in 1996, it would go on to gain cult status thanks to its versatility. The angular, linear van has shaped the concept of the “modular principle” like no other. 60 different factory-fitted designs were available. Speaking of the modular principle: going up the three small steps into the 816 D from the pipe cleaning company BUG gives the idea of modularity a whole new meaning. Steel cladding on the walls, LEDs on the roof and the long workbench together with an awning at the rear. The van is a mobile workshop.
The two men from the repair team are lowering a probe into a pipe. A small monitor displays what the tiny camera sees as it winds its way through the pipe. The two experts appear to have found the problem: a leak. On the more than 4.90 meter long flatbed of the 816 D, they mix a special resin to seal the pipe.
In our job, you have to be prepared for everything because you never know what the problem will be. The Mercedes-Benz 816 D has enough space for every tool.
The mixture of truck and van is parked in the driveway like a ship container. Merging two different vehicle classes provided a lot of valuable lessons. The Vario and its predecessor, the T2, contributed to making the future van and truck series with the star even more uncompromising and versatile, making them an important element in the DNA of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles. Production of the Vario ceased at the end of 2013. In view of Mercedes-Benz’s demanding environmental standards and the new EU weight classes for drivers’ licenses, the series no longer had a future. At BUG, the converted Mercedes-Benz 816 D has found its calling as a mobile workshop, saving the need to make additional trips back to the company’s headquarters.
At the end of the 1980s, the brothers Bernd, Ulrich and Günther Haas, or BUG for short, conquered Stuttgart’s underground pipe network. Since then, the family-owned company has grown into a mid-sized operation even capable of handling jobs outside of Germany. In 2008, BUG became one of the first certified specialist companies for pipe, drain and industrial service. The employees value the family-like working environment, especially because their call-outs are often cramped, wet and smell unpleasant. The company’s range of services has continually expanded over the years. Today, the company relies on state-of-the-art technologies and aims to provide its employees with the best tools. Thanks to all of its reels, rolls, hoses, hooks and the large working area, the Mercedes-Benz 816 D is the fleet favorite.