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The new Mercedes Vito panel van will be based on the Mercedes V Class MPV shown here

THE new Mercedes-Benz Vito panel van promises to put more money in the pocket of tradespeople and professionals.

That’s because the new Mercedes Vito van, which will be available from March 2015 in the UK, promises fuel savings of some 20% thanks to stop-start technology and more efficient Euro 6 engines.

Based on the bold new luxury V Class MPV model (see photos) – and built alongside it in the company’s Spanish Vitoria plant following a 190m Euro (£156m) investment  – the Vito will be launched in September following its unveiling at the Hanover Commercial Vehicle Show (23 Sep-02 Oct).

“Hardware and safety is important to business van operators but efficiency is fundamental,” Simon Neil, sales director at Mercedes-Benz Vans told Business Vans.

“With our new engine technology van users could see a 20% benefit in fuel efficiency. I’ve driven the V Class product and what’s planned – I’m excited about it. It raises the bar for us.”

Simon said that the increasing focus on urbanisation and clean air issues would start to have an increasing influence on van choice. “Stop start tech is a huge opportunity,” Simon added.

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The Vito will come in two lengths – both bigger than the present van


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