Over 3,500 Mercedes-Benz Citan vans were recalled because of faulty airbags, a report from NewStraitsTimes said. A Daimler spokesperson confirmed the news and stated that the decision was due to the poor test results involving the box-type Citan airbags. The representative revealed that the airbags of the van scored three out of five stars in an NCAP crash test survey. Daimler CEO, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, admitted that the results were unsatisfactory. However, he added that they are currently looking into the matter now. It should be known that the company constantly reminds consumers through their ads that they have the safest vehicles in the world. Thus, this issue may somewhat… Continue Reading »
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Mercedes-Benz was very active at the Bauma International Trade Fair in Munich, with three trucks making their premieres: the Arocs, Atego, and Citan. This marks the completion of the German automaker’s construction offerings, a full-range and custom-designed lineup that will provide solutions for practically any construction application. The 2013 edition marks the 30th year of the trade fair that focuses on machinery, vehicles, and other equipment for construction applications. That makes perfect timing for Mercedes-Benz, which just completed its initiative to field a Euro VI-compliant truck lineup with the new Atego’s debut. The Arocs is all about power and robustness, while the Atego focuses on value and dedication. Of course, both… Continue Reading »
Mercedes-Benz Vans had a good 2012. While the sales figures and revenues posted by the division was not quite equal to the 2011 numbers, last year was still good enough to be the third-best annual operating result. The 2012 sales were down 4% compared to 2011, with 252,400 units sold last year compared to 264,200 the year prior. As for revenue, it was at around $11.8 billion (€9,070 million), almost the same as 2011 revenue (€9,179 million). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) is pegged at €541 million, a 35-percent drop from 2011’s €835 million. The high level of success is attributed to many factors, including the strategy dubbed “Vans goes… Continue Reading »
Despite its relatively short time on the market, the new Mercedes-Benz Citan has been voted as the Van of the Year in Spain, via the Transporte3 magazine. The distinction was decided upon through a vote by 192-strong panel of Spain’s fleet specialists. This is part of the magazine’s annual awarding of the top commercial vehicles across different segments, including buses, trucks, and vans. In addition to the new Citan’s victory, this also happens to be the fourth Transporte3 award for Mercedes-Benz in the past three years. The past victories for the German automaker were courtesy of the Vito, Atego, and the Actros.
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.
MacGyver was a very popular action-adventure TV series in the mid-80’s to early 90’s, and now Mercedes-Benz is tapping the iconic character for the marketing campaign of the Mercedes-Benz Citan van, drawing parallels between the character’s craftiness and resourcefulness and the vehicle’s wide model range and versatile functionality. Due to be unveiled officially at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show scheduled for this September, the Mercedes-Benz Citan hopes to catch the attention and interest of people with the new advertising materials. The MacGyver-focused campaign so far involves an action advertisement as well as a trio of fresh online MacGyver episodes. If you’re not familiar with MacGyver, the eponymous hero usually… Continue Reading »