In what must have caused no small amount of embarrassment all around, Mercedes-Benz’s Citan Kombi was recently tested by Euro NCAP and found wanting. This was because it was found to have less than satisfactory performance in some areas, such as the restraint systems, a marginal side airbag and gaps in the latching system for the sliding door. Added Euro NCAP’s secretary general, Michiel van Ratingen, “We’re disappointed that a company with such a strong tradition of safety as Daimler would take an old model and basically do nothing to make sure that its safety is up to date. With a little bit more invention, they could have improved the… Continue Reading »
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The Mercedes-Benz Citan, Vito, and Sprinter recently showed that they can endure even the most extreme conditions recently. The Citan and the Vito were tested an Arctic Van Test that was held in Finland while the Sprinter drove through the North America until Alaska. The Arctic Van Test saw the Mercedes-Benz Citan outshining its rivals in its category. The Mercedes-Benz van combines comfort, handling and safety to achieve a remarkable driving performance. The vehicle was able to perform well even after temperatures dropped below 25 degrees Celsius. The Mercedes-Benz Vito was also able to outperform other compact vans in the Arctic Van Test. The victories of the two vehicles confirm… Continue Reading »
Daimler and the Renault-Nissan alliance definitely did a great job with the Mercedes-Benz Citan that even MacGyver made it his official ride. Even though that’s the case, the guys at KTW Tuning still wanted to do a little tinkering with the masterpiece. What did they do with it? KTW simply added 18-inch alloy wheels with five double spokes on its 225/40ZR18 92Y tires. All four corners were also equipped with 10mm spacers and lowering springs for enhanced dynamics. That’s not all, they also included red brake calipers on each wheel. The price tag for the fine tuning is set at €1,999 or $2,650 with VAT plus installation costs.
The European Parliament has decided that beginning November 1 of this year, all trucks of 3.5 tons and above will need to be equipped with daytime running lights. Although initially meeting some resistance when they were first introduced in cars, DRLs have been proven to increase safety through better visibility and perception. But safety-minded Mercedes has introduced daytime running lights on its trucks for some time, as seen on the ‘Citaro Euro VI’ and the new ‘ComfortClass 500′ buses and the new ‘Citan’ city van. Furthermore, Mercedes has included DRLs as optional equipment to the new Actros and Antos commercial vehicles. This action by the German automaker is just additional validation of Mercedes… Continue Reading »
We already posted about the upcoming Mercedes-Benz Citan urban delivery vehicle, and now the van has been unveiled by the company ahead of its formal unveiling at the Hanover International Motor Show in the middle of September this year. The Citan is designed with European cities in mind and expands the automaker’s van lineup for that continent. It is available with a range of engines, which includes a 113hp supercharged gas engine as well as a trio of direct-injection turbodiesel engines between 74hp and 109hp. Prospective buyers can also choose between five-speed and six-speed tranny configurations. In addition, the vehicle is available in compact, long, or extra-long variants and come… Continue Reading »
With a name derived from “city” and “titan”, you could expect this van to be the next big thing in city driving. The new van is said to have different versions, diesel, electric, and petrol. It will also be available in different lengths and weights and with a body ranging from crewbus to panelvan. Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes Vans said, “We will take advantage of the trend toward city vans.” The company also said that they want this van to be suited to the variety of commercial applications. Quality plus function is equal to Mercedes Citan.