Penso British Engineering

Vehicle Build of Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi

The Challenge

Mercedes-Benz needed an engineering partner to help it adapt its Vito Taxi for use on the streets of London, including improving the turning circle and increasing wheelchair access.

The Penso approach

Penso undertook all the design development, homologation and testing for the rear-wheel steering system for the Mercedes Benz Vito Taxi. This has been completed with the full approval of the OEM’s manufacturing team.

We provided the following services in the design and build:

  • Mechatronics (rear-wheel steering)
  • Kinematics
  • Electrics (ECU design and development)
  • Electrics (EDS) loom manufacture
  • Lighting (taxi light)
  • Lighting Interior
  • Side Step
  • Wheelchair Ramp
  • Interior Trim (division panel and flooring)
  • Warranty Support
  • Dealer Support
  • Spares

The Results

Penso’s ability to deliver new engineering solutions has given the Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi a 25-foot turning circle, crucial when trying to navigate the tight streets of London.

This has seen the vehicle’s popularity rise so much so that we have just had the 3500 ‘Vito’ come off our bespoke production line in Coventry. Penso also develop a National version of the taxi, without the rear wheel steer.

Penso is now recognised as a strategic van partner by Mercedes-Benz and expect volumes to increase even further over the next twelve months.


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