UNIVERSALS LTD

We perform every car conversion work professionally and enthusiastically, observing compliance with various standards* - so that everything is safe and pleasing to the eye!

About us

For more than 32 years we have been successfully engaged in the production of vehicles using various brands base cars, as well as in the reconstruction and modification of cars. We produce buses with a capacity of up to 22 seats, using base cars of European brands such as Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter, Renault Master, Iveco Daily.

For the carriage of passengers and public transport needs, we produce various types of city buses with a low floor, which can be installed at the front or rear of the bus.

We offer school buses with 22 passenger seats with or without wheelchairs, as well as build tourist buses for increased passenger convenience.

For the Scandinavian market we produce specialized M1 category taxis with a transformable cabin that provides 8 + 1 seats or 1-2 wheelchairs.

We cooperate with state and municipal institutions, tourism entrepreneurs, auto and moto sports enthusiasts and organizations, bus fleets and passenger carriers, which participate in tenders for the provision of passenger transport services announced by municipalities or private organizations. We tend to participate in tenders announced by state and local government institutions for the production and delivery of vehicles.

In the past, we focused on the Latvian market, establishing friendly relations with almost all dealers engaged in commercial car sales. At present, we most often work with both the Baltic States and the Scandinavian countries, as well as with Germany and Austria.

We also accept orders from individuals. We provide specialized residential / sports equipment transport solutions for auto and moto sports customers. We offer advice to any customer on issues related to the purchase of a suitable type of car for further reconstruction, as well as on issues related to the legality of the reconstruction, etc.


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History of UNIVERSALS LTD

2021

In order to increase production capacity and ensure stable supplies, we are building an additional factory with an area of 2000 m2

We plan to start production of ambulance vehicles

2020

Obtain type-approval for M3 category buses based on Mercedes-Benz without retarder, allowing the production of more equipped tourist buses

2019

Obtain type approval for front low floor buses

We start bus deliveries to German and Austrian customers

2018

We participate in The 67th IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show held in Hanover, Germany

We extend the first MAN / VW bus and coordinate it with VW

2017

We participate in Busworld Europe, bus and coach exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium 

Participate in Transport 2017- the largest exhibition in Scandinavia for transport vehicles in Herning, Denmark

2016

We conclude an agreement with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia on receiving support within the framework of the International Competitiveness Promotion, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund

Participate in The 66th IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show held in Hanover, Germany

Obtain the ISO 9001 certificate, which confirms our commitment to achieve highest quality, as well as the fact that the UNIVERSALS LTD quality management system works effectively and meets the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard

2015

We participate in Busworld Europe, bus and coach exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium  

2014

In cooperation with the Swedish partner Nordicar, on the basis of VW Crafter, we are developing and starting to produce trucks with an additional seats row TwinCabin, improved interior design and possibility to install a sleeping place

We develop and start production of a new taxi for the Swedish market based on VW Crafter

2013

The first 20 buses out of 180 have been manufactured and delivered to Riga

MB Sprinter cars are certified and type approved (COC certified buses can be registered in any EU country without any other documentation)

2011

We hand over 15 MB Sprinter city buses to Jelgava bus fleet

During the month, 44 Peugeot Boxer based police cars are produced

Participate in Busworld Europe exhibition in Kortrijk, Belgium (project implemented with the support of the European Union)

We produce and deliver the first 12 MB Sprinter low floor buses for Ventspils

2010

We create a completely new low floor bus design based on MB Sprinter

2009

During the global financial crisis, new car sales has dropped dramatically, as well as the reassembly of cars in the secondary market has stopped, so we pay more attention to participation in various tenders and finding new partners abroad

2008

We are testing the strength of the Turkish  manufacturer SEGE seat anchorages and in the future we can install SEGE 4030X on Mercedes Sprinter, VW Crafter, Ford Transit, Renault Master, Opel Movano, IVECO Daily buses

We perform stability test on MB Sprinter 518 bus in accordance with the United Nations Regulation No. 52. Uniform provisions concerning the approval of M2 and M3 small capacity vehicles with regard to their general construction
Testing MB Sprinter 515 bus in accordance with Directive 2001/85/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council

2007

To secure the seats in various ways, we perform additional tests on UNI-2 / UNI-4 seats with all bus series (both individual two-legged seats and single-legged individual seats mounted through the floor or on aluminum profiles).

We receive European Union co-financing for the purchase of new technological equipment

We are developing new UNI-2 and UNI-4 seats for M2 category vehicles, which are tested and certified by the Spanish company IDIADA (UNI-2 seat has a fixed backrest, UNI-4 seat has an adjustable backrest)

2006

We complete the construction of a new factory

2005

We start fulfilling orders for various metal constructions, such as gates, fences, dams

Star the construction of a new factory

We make the first hanging rack from fiberglass (the volume of the hanging rack is 1.6 m3)

2003

We start manufacturing certified seats with three-point safety belts

1998

Until August 1998, we supply to Russia up to 20 sets of passenger cabins and ambulances every month, which are planned to be installed in Gazelle vans

 1996

Until the closure of the RAF factory in 1996, we manufacture and regularly supply the factory with our own car seats and bumper protectors, as well as converting the RAF into a Lux variant and special purpose vehicles by installing stretchers, etc.

1989  

We start our professional activities in the reconstruction of minibuses


*In our work we comply with the standards set by regulatory enactments, including Directive 2007/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 September 2007 establishing a framework for the approval of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles; Regulation No 107 of the Economic Commission for Europe of the United Nations (UNECE) — Uniform provisions concerning the approval of category M2 or M3 vehicles with regard to their general construction; Regulation (EU) 2018/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 on the approval and market surveillance of motor vehicles and their trailers, and of systems, components and separate technical units intended for such vehicles, amending Regulations (EC) No 715/2007 and (EC) No 595/2009 and repealing Directive 2007/46/EC; Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 295 - Regulations on the State Technical Inspection and Technical Control of Vehicles on the Road; Regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers No. 1494 - Regulations on Conformity Assessment of Mopeds, Motor Vehicles, their Trailers and Components.