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Mercedes new commercial van - the Citan


February 4, 2012

The Mercedes Benz Citan will come in crewcab and mixed use interior as well as panel van

The Mercedes Benz Citan will come in crewcab and mixed use interior as well as panel van

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Mercedes-Benz is to launch a new urban delivery van later this year named the Citan ("city" and "titan") - the little brother to the Sprinter and Vito. The Citan will be first seen at the IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover in September. The new van will be available with petrol, diesel and electric drivetrains, and with panelvan, crewbus and mixed use bodies, and in a variety of lengths and weights. My bet is that there's an ideal base for a small campervan there too.

Mercedes strategy behind the large number of variants is to make the new urban delivery van suited for a broad range of commercial applications. Everything about the Citan is standard Mercedes Benz quality, and all variants of which come with ESP as standard.

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\"Everything about the Citan is standard Mercedes Benz quality\", so does this mean that the van will fall apart after 20,000kms like so many of my friends who put their trust in Mercedes, only to be massively let down by the cheapo quality and finish of the S*%T boxes? Buy a japanese van for you business, you will have less headaches.

Denis Klanac

Thank HEAVENS-finally somebody gets it right! Millions of people can use this type of van-I have been waiting SO long for someone to make these-hopefully it is affordable as well! Yahoo! Hybrids with power would be GREAT-add solar to the roof for cooling and lights, extra power. Regenerative brakes, power assist-hydraulics, regenerative shocks-go for it! A camper package-pop up roof(straight up for extra sleeping room), awning etc. Love it.


With all the money Mercedes has you\'d think they could have hired an illustrator that could get their emblem straight and not given it ghetto wheels.

Dennis Roberts

This will be the replacement for the luckless vaneo.

Technical base is the Renault Kangoo.

Prices start at 20.000 €.


Denis, I\'ve been driving a Chevy van for HVAC service relentlessly since 2006 with no major problems at all. 1 Broken plastic clip in rear door latch assy. Random delt squeal on start after prolonged wet weather. Works for me....


Burnerjack, this article is about Mercedes not Chevrolet. Looks like you were one of the lucky ones to get one that was put together properly, you are only one person amongst a lot of unhappy Chevy owners. The statistics speak for themselves.

Denis Klanac

The writer\'s comment about camping is a good one. Having a solar rooftop with a couple of foldout panels will just about secure the bulk of gasoline costs for the next twenty five to 30 years (solar warranty) and be a good use of wasted space on top of the van. That means a close to zero fuel cost and much cleaner air for everybody. Too bad Solyndra type solar patents aren\'t available for the sides. They would have allowed captured sunlight from any direction and efficiency would also be a plus.


Nice rear end. Tail lights follow no natural lines. Taken right off an old Econoline box and hung in the windstream. Front end is nicely done, but heavy with the black-out. Looks like it hit a dusty pile of coal. Should have some body color around.

Emblem always large reminds me of the rattle-prone Sprinters the drivers on the lab drove and complained about.

What\'s with the cut-corner rear windows. Line of sight for rear visibility should extend from the driver into the farthest lower outside corners of the rear windows. It seems to me when I open the rears on my van I use primarily the right door and then I open the left one for even more room. Drip rail for contractor ladder racks? Otherwise why?

The truck will serve those companies well that are fleet-serviced. I estimate it will probably be over engineered and expensive for the standard contractor or civilian.


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