As part of an enhancement to its BlueEFFICIENCY package, Daimler has announced a new generator management system that will aid in further reducing the fuel consumption of its vehicles. To be introduced next month, the new generator management system converts kinetic energy generated by the vehicle into electrical energy, which is then stored. Feeding this heretofore wasted energy back into the electrical system means that the alternator’s load can be lessened, which in turn reduces the load on the engine. The system works seamlessly and transparently from the driver’s standpoint, and the management system works to heighten the charging rate of the battery when needed. Using kinetic energy from the… Continue Reading »
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Discerning consumers know all about the Bang & Olufsen brand, those purveyors of high-end sound systems that grace the homes of the rich and famous. Now, B&O has designed and made such a high-end system for, of all vehicles, Mercedes’ Viano van. But before purists and audiophiles scoff at this development, know that the system, set to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show, is to be fitted to the yacht-inspired Viano Pearl concept van. So think land yacht instead of cargo hauler. The 18-speaker Beosound Viano system is powered by a brace of Class D amps with a total output of 1,300 watts. Each neodymium magnet speaker is separately… Continue Reading »
The Viano Van Pearl shows what it is to be a luxury van. Outside the van, the incredible dull gray pebble color is really eye-catching. The flooring made of real wood chromatic glass tinted windows plus a high end sound system by Bang & Olufsen which they dubbed as “BeoSound Viano” makes it even more attractive. Meanwhile, the interior is comparable to a yacht which make it more in line with the theme of this vehicle – traveling. With Pearl Italian’s photographer, Carlo Borlenghi’s help, the modern yacht design is achieved. The Viano Van Pearl will premiere at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on September and will “… show… Continue Reading »
Daimler AG’s seeds of trust and labor have borne fruit, and comes in the form of the new Mercedes-Benz Viano transporter. Fresh from the production lines of Fuzhou in the Fujian province of China, the Viano is the first customer vehicle of the partnership between Daimler AG, Fujian Motors Group (FJMG) and China Motor Corp. (CMC). The joint venture, dubbed the Fujian Daimler Automotive (FJDA), started way back in 2007, is well accepted by the Chinese government and businessmen. Chairman of FJMG and FJDA, Mr. Lian Xiaoqing, appreciates the commitment of the employees plus the outstanding support given by both departments of government and FJDA shareholders. Ulrich Walker, Daimler Northeast… Continue Reading »
Bettina Singhartinger and Andrea Spielvogel, two female Daimler AG employees, left Stuttgart in their Mercedes-Benz Viano 4matic today to join the official lineup for the Aicha des Gazelles women’s rally. After a short sea-crossing from Sete, France to Tangiers, Morocco, followed by the team presentation and technical verification on 18 March, the Aicha des Gazelles Rally will start off and end in Essaouira on Morocco’s Atlantic coast on 27 March 2010. “I have enormous respect for the challenges to come,” says Andrea Spielvogel, who works in information technology. Her colleague Bettina Singhartinger, a communications employee, adds: “This is probably the greatest adventure I have ever let myself in for.” Another… Continue Reading »
From now on, every newly ordered Vito or Viano will be equipped with a new safety function at no extra cost: the “Adaptive Brake Light” ensures more safety in road traffic. During heavy braking from a vehicle speed greater than 50km/h, the Electronic Stability Program ESP activates the new “Adaptive Brake Light” safety function, which makes the brake lights flash at a frequency of 3 Hz instead of just lighting up continuously. Once the danger has passed and the brake pedal is only held or slightly released by the driver, ESP deactivates the “Adaptive Brake Light” and the brake lights light up continuously as usual. These flashing brake lights ensure… Continue Reading »
The first time a Mercedes-Benz Viano was entered in a rally competition, the MPV took first place in the SUV category. Seated at the wheel of the vehicle (for the most part a production model) in this 19th Rally des Gazelles were Irishwoman Jeanette James and FrenchÂwoman Anne-Marie Ortola. The two also won the special prize for first-time competitors in their class. The world’s only women’s rally went through the Moroccan desert, as in previous years. The only difference between the desert Viano and its series counterpart was a roll-over cage, racing-style bucket seats and the six-point seat belts.