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Mercedes-Benz Vito wins the Arctic Van Test

Discussion in 'Commercial Vehicles' started by MBFanToDeath, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. MBFanToDeath

    MBFanToDeath Well-Known Member

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    Stuttgart/Finnland, Feb 28, 2011

    • Independent motoring jury conducts a van test in Finland
    • Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI wins first place
    • The new Vito performs impressively
    Even in snow and at extremely low temperatures, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito was able to show its strengths and prevail against its competitors. As in previous years, at the invitation of the Finnish motoring magazine “Auto, tekniikka ja kuljetus”, motoring editors from Finland, Sweden and Norway tested vans in the weight class up to three tonnes.

    The numerous criteria were divided into familiar categories such as handling, fuel consumption, load capacity and performance, plus aspects specifically relevant to cold regions, e.g. cold-starting ability, heating and mirror/window defrosting.

    At the end the new Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI had clearly gained most points, and won the title. This success was aided by the numerous new features with which the new generation has been equipped since September 2010.

    The centrepiece is a completely newly developed, particularly economical and environmentally friendly engine, which impresses with its refinement thanks to balancer shafts. The new six-speed ECO Gear manual transmission has a wide ratio spread for excellent performance, as well as low consumption and emission values. The driving dynamics and handling of the Mercedes-Benz Vito benefit from rear-wheel drive. In addition, the new Vito has the benefit of a completely newly developed, optimally configured suspension.

    Even more operating convenience, greater comfort and a higher-quality atmosphere round off the list of further developments in the interior of the Vito. Whether the new shift lever, the push-buttons in the upper array of the centre console or the upgraded, optional overhead console – the Vito is more user-friendly than ever.

    There are also numerous new exterior highlights on the Mercedes-Benz Vito. New reflector headlamps frame the radiator grille, with the standard daytime running lamps, which have their own light source, and foglamps integrated into the housing.

    In the sum of its attributes, the new Vito was able to convince the testers and demonstrate that reliability and robustness are also a matter of course in extreme winter conditions.

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    Source: Mercedes-Benz Vito wins the Arctic Van Test « The World Of Mercedes-Benz AMG
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  2. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Exclusive: Mercedes-Benz studying Vito van for U.S.

    Mercedes-Benz has been sufficiently pleased with the performance of its Sprinter van that it is now seriously considering importing a smaller sibling for its full-size load lugger.

    Benz has offered a smaller commercial vehicle, the Vito, in various world markets since 1996, and the second-generation model underwent a mild facelift in 2010. Available with a range of CDI diesel engines in both cargo and passenger-carrying configurations, the Vito has recently been testing in all-electric E-Cell guise. If the Vito does make it to North America, we're unlikely to get the complete range – this light commercial vehicle is available in three lengths, two roof heights and in both rear- and all-wheel drive.

    While the Vito is indeed smaller than the Mercedes/Freightliner Sprinter carryall, it's not as diminutive as the Ford Transit Connect we've come to know in the States. In its smallest form, the baby Benz spans 187.5 inches, nearly seven inches more than the Turkish Ford. In extra-long format, the Vito rings up at 206.2 inches, which is still well shy of the aged Ford E-Series van (216.7 inches in its shortest form), making the Vito something of a tweener in size.

    For the moment, our source tells us that the idea of importing the Vito is in "an early stage," and even though consumer clinics have been held to judge market interest, the van has not yet been given the green light.

    Mercedes-Benz studying Vito van for U.S.
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  3. Mr. Mercedes

    Mr. Mercedes Well-Known Member

    Haha, I believe our US members are going to be horrified of news the Vito might make it over.
  4. Beemer B773ER

    Beemer B773ER Well-Known Member

    I imagine they'll create an online petition to veto it! :eusa_danc
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  5. Mr. Mercedes

    Mr. Mercedes Well-Known Member

    LOL good one Beemer.
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  6. Nicks

    Nicks Active Member

    why is that?
  7. Mr. Mercedes

    Mr. Mercedes Well-Known Member

    Brand 'image' seems to be a lot more of a concern and a lot more sensitive over there.
  8. dr Dunkel

    dr Dunkel Global Moderator Staff Member

    The roads here are filled with beaten up and rusty Vitos... no brand problem there, customers seem to keep the commercial vehicles and the passenger vehicles in separate minds.
  9. MBFanToDeath

    MBFanToDeath Well-Known Member

    Mercedes-Benz Vito wins best van of the year

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    Stuttgart, Jun 16, 2011

    Delivery Magazine has awarded the 2011 Mercedes-Benz Vito as “Best Van of the year”

    Delivery magazine Editor Mr.Chris Mullett said, “Mercedes-Benz has significantly improved the Vito product to the point that it is now the best specification ever offered from the German manufacturer. With new engines and transmissions plus revised rear axle ratios these latest vans are more fuel efficient and offer greater safety inclusions than ever before.”

    Dr. Kolja Rebstock, Managing Director Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd said, “With the one millionth Vito just having been produced it’s fantastic to top that milestone off with this prestigious award as Australia’s best van.

    With Euro 5 engines the Vito is kind to the environment and with its five star ANCAP rating the Vito is the safest van in Australia that sets the benchmark for workplace safety.

    “We have worked hard to provide the best van in Australia and this award clearly recognises this, the Vito truly is the Mercedes-Benz of vans,” said Rebstock.

    Source: Mercedes-Benz Vito wins best van of the year « The World Of Mercedes-Benz AMG
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  10. wookieecrisp

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    Even though I'm from the US, I think the Vito and Sprinter help (my perception of) the brand image a lot. One of the things I love about Mercedes is that they make everything: hatchbacks, trucks, SUVs, luxury sedans, buses, taxis, limousines, supercars, F1 cars, etc.
  11. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

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    Mercedes-Benz Vito by Vilner

    Bulgarian tuner Vilner is back with a new project that takes a car interior to a whole new level, with the company targeting the Mercedes-Benz Vito this time.

    The base vehicle is a Vito 120 CDI that has been transformed into a first-class business shuttle which rivals private airplanes in terms of luxury. The tuner has replaced the front seats with a pair borrowed from the Mercedes CL, while in the back it has fitted four modified airplane-like seats. The entire cabin has been dressed in materials such as Alcantara, Nappa leather and wood.

    The vehicle has also been fitted with multiple ICE goodies, such as an infotainment system that uses a 19-inch LCD display, a refrigerator, a minibar and others. Vilner has also brought extremely light exterior mods, in the form of lightweight alloy wheels and Bi-Xenon headlights.

    More images in the gallery below.

    Mercedes-Benz Vito by Vilner [Photo Gallery] - autoevolution

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  14. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member



    World's fastest Mercedes Vito debuts

    Watch a Mercedes minivan from down under run a nine second 1/4 mile

    If yesterday's 10 second Ford Bronco wasn't a good enough example of weird Australian drag cars we've got something even stranger—a Mercedes minivan capable of a nine second trip down the 1/4 mile.

    Starting with a Mercedes Vito—the smaller cousin of the Sprinter that never made it to the US—these madmen from down under created a full blown drag vehicle wearing the clothes of an oddly shaped minivan.

    Thanks to the naturally aspirated 632ci Big Block Chevy engine this weird van is capable of a very impressive mid 9 second 1/4 mile. When it comes to unusual ways to go fast it's pretty clear they're doing it right down under.

    Watch a Mercedes minivan from down under run a nine second 1/4 mile

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  15. Wolfgang

    Wolfgang Well-Known Member GCF Guru Contributing Member

    Vito may come to Canada in about two years time, according to latest rumors? ;)


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    Mercedes expands commercial line

    BY HOWARD J. ELMER

    Stuttgart, Germany • If the automotive term Big Three was applied to European automakers, Mercedes-Benz would certainly be one of them. The reason this comes to mind as I'm visiting the automaker's head office in Stuttgart is because, just like Detroit's Big Three, here in Europe Mercedes does everything. Cars, trucks, buses, livery, institutional service vehicles and military vehicles - it covers it all. Yet, in North America, Mercedes is still primarily seen as a luxury car brand.

    Well, that perception is looking to change. Until now, Mercedes has preferred to keep its North American truck side low-key by buying and running other more domestically known brands — Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas and Orion buses among them. This is the key difference between North America and Europe, where most every one of its commercial vehicles is actually labelled Mercedes. But now that it is selling the Sprinter delivery van in Canada with its tri-star badge on it, its next move will be to expand the commercial van division.

    Incidentally, the Sprinter was sold as a Dodge for a number of years while Daimler and Chrysler were working through their ill-fated merger. Once that deal went south, Dodge lost Sprinter, a financial blow and certainly a chunk of business it wants back. However, now that it has hooked up with Fiat, it is once again looking to import not one but two commercial vans to North America in the coming year. This strategy is one that Ford had already adopted with the importation of its Transit Connect Van. This vehicle also has a larger sibling, which will now find its way to our shores in a move that should see Ford replacing domestic vans with these imports.

    For Mercedes, its commercial vans are segment leaders in Europe, with about 18% of the total market. This range includes the Sprinter vans but also the mid-sized Vito and smaller Vario — a van very much in the same class as the Ford Transit Connect. The Vito and Vario are what Mercedes says it will bring to Canada to round out its van offerings. The only thing not certain about this move is when — Mercedes is saying two years would be a good estimate.

    It doesn’t hurt that the timing of this move also coincides with a newly redesigned Vito. This rear-wheel-drive van has a new chassis and suspension. It’s powered by either a gasoline or diesel engine and it’s possible North America will get both. This van can be configured dozens of ways, from servicing the delivery trade right through to crew transporters.

    An interesting addition to this mix is the all-new E-Cell Vito. This fully electric van is meant for use by in-city route delivery companies. It’s already in production with sales of about 400 so far this year. When asked about the possible application of hybrid technology to commercial vans, Mercedes reps said that, while it is available, they see the demand as very low because of the cost.

    However, the small E-Cell Vito works just fine and its cost is reasonable. With a range of about 130 kilometres on a single charge, it is more than capable of fulfilling dozens of commercial and institutional functions. Mercedes is hoping to eventually get sales numbers up to 2,000 units annually.

    Mercedes expands commercial line

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  16. Wolfgang

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