Mercedes Vito, Best Van on the Ice

As the world is getting ready to meet the premieres from the Geneva Auto Show, the Mercedes Benz commercial vehicles division is no where to be found. Only if you look very hard through the icy planes of the Finnish countryside, you might get a glimpse of one of the producer's main products, the Vito.

The van made the trip all the way to the very old climate to be tested by journalists from several publications in Finland, Sweden and Norway, together with some of the models produced by the competition. The goal of the tests was to find the van that can best cope with the snow and ice. That van is, of course, the Vito.

When testing the models in the harsh environment, the journalists took into account not only the way in which they handle in the tough terrain, but also fuel consumption, load capacity and performance, coupled with the climate-specific abilities like cold-start, heating and mirror/window defrosting.

The winner of the tests was a Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI, which was found to meet the expectations of the testers. The attributes that made the van please the crowds include the use of the new six-speed ECO Gear manual transmission, rear-wheel drive or newly configured suspension.

The visibility of the model in the surrounding whiteness is insured with the use of reflector headlamps, daytime running lamps, 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,”
concludes Mercedes-Benz.
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