A multi-purpose vehicle
The Hardtop version became the basic model when the civilian Laplander vehicle was introduced. A third version with pickup body, with room for two persons in the front seats and a small platform, was also available. This became popular for community service functions like snow-ploughing and for forest fire-fighting.
The Laplander was a genuine multi-purpose vehicle which was intended initially for transport of personnel and for intelligence scout duty by the Swedish 'Cavalry' troops (which did not use horses any longer...). Very soon a version for mobile radio-transmission was developed (on the basis of the Hardtop body) as well as ambulance models.
Qualified for combat duties
The Laplander, however, also proved its qualities on active combat duties, including its role as an anti-tank gun light-duty vehicle, in use in both Norway and Sweden. The Norwegian anti-tank vehicle was based on the normal forward-control version, while the Swedish special 'L3304' anti-tank vehicle had a unique body with a bonnet and a very strong roll-over-bar for improved safety for the crew.
A special version was also developed serving as a launch vehicle for very efficient anti-tank robots.
This generation of vehicles became very popular for both active military service and civilian service. The production of these vehicles stopped in 1970, since it was to be superseded by the more powerful (and much more expensive) 'C3' generation of high-mobility vehicles.
Production starts again
There was, however, a constant demand for the efficient and slightly less advanced 'Laplander' vehicle from various civilian customers. After constant requests for several years, production was re-started, this time in cooperation with a Hungarian manufacturer 'Csepel Auto' where production capacity was available (no suitable building was available for the production of these vehicles at the rapidly expanding Volvo factory in Gothenburg, Sweden).
The C202 was improved in several ways, in relation to the previous 'Laplander' version, including revised transmission components, new safer door-locks, etc).
In total, about 3,000 C202 vehicles were assembled before production finally stopped in 1981.