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Mercedes-Benz Vito Dualiner is new ride for top cycle maker Bianchi
Bianchi UK’s Dan Fox (left) makes a delivery in his new Mercedes-Benz Vito

WHEN top Italian bike manufacturer Bianchi wanted a load carrier for its sales team, it was looking for a van to carry up to 20 bikes, and then double as comfortable and stylish family transport at the weekends.

It picked three Mercedes-Benz Vito 116 CDI Sport Dualiners for the job. The Dualiners have a second row of seats so up to four passengers can be carried. The rear seats can be removed to maximise loadspace.

Carry a full load of 20 bikes or put the back seats in and there’s room for 4 passengers

Bianchi’s country manager Andrew Griffin likes the Vito Dualiner’s: “For a weekend demonstration event, our reps can carry up to 10 fully-built bikes, as well as a three-metre marquee, boxes of catalogues, riding gear and their own overnight kit, and still have room inside to move around.

“Then, if necessary, they can deliver as many as 20 packaged bikes to our dealers. And when they’re not working, with all the seats in place, the Vito serves as comfortable, safe and stylish family transport for our staff.”

The VIto is powered by a choice of Euro 5-compliant four- and six-cylinder common-rail turbo-charged diesel engines.

It’s has Adaptive Brake Lights which flash when braking heavily, Adaptive ESP system, radio/CD player with integrated Bluetooth mobile phone compatibility, a multi-function steering wheel with trip computer and Speedtronic speed limiter.

Options include colour-coded bumpers, alloy wheels, high-tech COMAND multimedia system (phone, stereo and sat nav), rear-view camera and Bi-Xenon headlamps with cornering light function.

And on the business van finance package, Griffin told Business Vans: “The CharterWay contract hire package is competitively priced and the dealer took great care to understand our business and the way we work, then help us choose vehicles that are ideally suited to our needs rather than just sell us something off the peg.”

Bianchi has been building bicycles since 1885 and its machines have carried some of the sport’s top professional riders to victories in road and track World Championships. Although the company’s heritage is in road racing, its line-up now includes mountain and urban bikes.

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