Mercedes-Benz Vans has launched its all-new Vito Taxi; a worthy successor to the vehicle that took the industry by storm, which has sold in excess of 3,000 units since its launch in 2008.
Vito Taxi offers unrivalled levels of space and refined comfort for the driver and up to six passengers, as well as being fully-wheelchair accessible. Available initially in a National specification, customers can choose from the front wheel-drive 109CDI model, with an 88 hp Euro 6 engine, or the 114CDI with a 114 hp Euro 6 engine, which drives the rear wheels. Both come with manual gearboxes (optional seven-speed automatic gearbox is available for the 114CDI models) and in Compact or Long body lengths.
Later in 2016, a London specification version will be available, incorporating the rear steering axle that allows it to meet the famous 25ft turning circle rule as prescribed by the Public Carriage Office so it can execute a U-turn in London’s congested streets.
The London variant is offered with the more powerful engine as standard together with the 7G-Tronic seven-speed automatic gearbox, which is now controlled using a steering column-mounted lever; offering easy gear selection allowing the driver to remain aware of their busy surroundings.
Standard equipment on both versions includes the fuel-saving BlueEFFICIENCY measures which features engine Start/Stop function for the 114CDI models, air conditioning for driver and passengers, electric folding mirrors, electrically operated sliding doors on both sides and electrical nearside step; London versions feature an additional off-side step.
Priced from £135 per week* for the Vito Taxi 109CDI National variant, the Vito Taxi comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and MobiloVan back-up, which includes free, round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance. Pricing for the London variant is still to be announced.
Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, commented: “We are passionate about supporting the UK’s taxi drivers, and are delighted to be offering the most fuel-efficient, modern, comfortable, reliable vehicle ever seen in the market.
“We will be offering the first test drives at our VanExperience Live event at Millbrook in Bedfordshire on 27 June and 1 July for interested cabbies, who can register their interest via our Dealer partner, S&B Commercials.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans is the sales and marketing organisation responsible for all Daimler Van products and services in Britain.
In 2015, Mercedes-Benz Vanscelebrated its best ever year in the UK, with 36,212 vehiclesregistered – a sixth consecutive year of growth.
The team at Mercedes-Benz Vans in the UK have a combined 921 years of service with the brand, averaging more than 10 years direct experience with the brand each.
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