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 »
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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.