A FUEL economy event has proved what a frugal van the new Mercedes Vito is, with an RAC Vito beating the 47.1mpg combined fuel figure, despite being loaded with more than 500 parts and tools.
The Vito, a 116 Long BlueTEC, was one of the fleet newly supplied to the RAC roadside patrol service and driven by Ben Wilson, the Patrol Ambassador of the Year, with Zainab Rahman, RAC PR executive, as co-driver. With careful driving over the two-day economy challenge event, he managed to improve the published combined figure of 47.1mpg to 47.57 mpg.
This new RAC Vito, wearing the prized, personalised P1RAC plate, is actually Ben’s patrol vehicle during his reign as Patrol Ambassador of the Year and weighs three tonnes. Why? Well, it is fully racked out by Bri-Stor systems to carry the 500 tools and parts that each RAC Patrol carries.
Speaking of the team’s success, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Steve Bridge said: “Congratulations to Ben and Zainab for their fantastic achievement!
“To come third in the MPG Marathon as the only laden van, while achieving over our stated combined MPG figure, proves that with a good driver behind the wheel, our vans do exactly what they say we will do.”