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The Mercedes-Benz Vito is a light van produced by Mercedes-Benz in the Basque town of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. From the name of the city Vitoria came the name Vito. The name was also derived from an exemplary, long-standing employee, Vito Rosenstein. Vito’s dedication to the company resulted in an unusually high accolade.
It is available as a standard panel van, or with additional passenger accommodation substituted for part or all of the load area.
The facelifted version of the Vito, due to begin production from September 2010, features restyled front and rear lights, restyled front bumpers, and more significantly, new more-efficient Diesel engines adapted from the Sprinter range. Blue-efficiency technology will be available as a costed option. The range also features a new 6-speed manual gearbox with more economic ratios, which will lead to a 15% reduction in fuel consumption. In addition, suspension, instrumentation, steering wheel and quality of materials is to be improved.
First generation (W638; 1996–2003)
The first generation Mercedes-Benz Vito was produced between 1996 and 2003. It is powered either by a diesel engine with up to 120 bhp (89 kW; 122 PS) or a gasoline engine with up to 140 bhp (104 kW; 142 PS) and a front-wheel drive drivetrain. On the top of the petrol engine was Volkswagen 2.8 VR6 engine, designated as the M104.900.
The body chassis came from the Volkswagen Transporter.
This body was also sold as V-Klasse in its more luxurious version while Vito was the “work horse” (V-Klasse was replaced with the Viano-name for the second generation of Vito).
108D Weight Ratings (kg)
1420 – Front axle load
1330 – Rear axle load
2705 – Gross vehicle weight
1545 – Unladen weight
1160 – Payload capacity
2000 – Trailer load with brakes (could differ depending on local legislation)
750 – Trailer without brakes
100 – Roof load
Second generation (W639; 2003–present)
The second generation Mercedes-Benz Vito is more streamlined than its predecessor, but more importantly is powered by a new range of engines and a rear-wheel drive (RWD) drivetrain.
The angle of the windshield and A-pillar is closer to horizontal; the dashboard is bigger and the bonnet (hood) smaller. The newer Vito is available in 3 different lengths and 4 diesel engine versions being the 109 CDI, the 111 CDI, the 115 CDI (all powered by a 4-cylinder 2.2-litre engine) and the more powerful 120 CDI (featuring the 3.0-litre V6 unit). The model numerics conform with the Mercedes pattern that relates to a rough guide to engine power output. In the Vito range currently the 109 has 93 bhp (69 kW), 111 relates to 116 bhp (87 kW), 115 to 150 bhp (112 kW; 152 PS) and 120 to 204 bhp (152 kW; 207 PS).
The second generation Vitos are all Euro 3 compliant (additionally Euro 4 compliant as of November 2006) and therefore exempt from the Low Emission Zone in London, which requires commercial vehicles (vans) to reach at least Euro 3 standard from October 2010.
On 16 April 2010 the assembly of the Viano W639 began at the Fujian Daimler Automotive Co., Ltd. plant in Fúzhōu, China. Forty per cent of the components and automotive parts of the Chinese model version are manufactured by local companies. The Chinese model was launched on the Chinese (Hong Kong, PRC and Republic) and the South Korean market in April 2010.
London Taxi variant
In August 2008 a variant of the Vito was approved by the Public Carriage Office for use as a licensed London ‘black cab’. The Vito taxicab includes electric sliding doors, electric steps and seating for six people. The Vito’s rear-wheel steering enables it to meet the PCO’s strict Conditions of Fitness requirements including a 25 ft (7.6 m) turning circle and wheelchair accessibility. The vehicle, a variation of the ‘Traveliner’ model, is built by Penso in Coventry. The rear wheel steer system is licensed from one80, and it is distributed through Eco City Vehicles subsidiary KPM-UK Taxis.
Because the Mercedes Taxi has sliding doors the option of opening windows is no longer available to passengers. The PCO (Public Carriage Office) has also specified that the option of sliding windows has also been banned, this is due to the danger of passengers having part of their body out of the windows when the doors open.
The new Taxi doesn’t perform the famous U-turn in the same way as the TX and Metro models, instead it incorporates an electrically operated rear wheel system, activated by a button adjacent to the steering wheel. This turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels, thus allowing the Taxi to perform the same tight turning circle as the TX and Metro models. This system is only possible when the vehicle is travelling at less than 5 mph (8.0 km/h), and if the vehicle goes over this speed while the LSM is active, it is deactivated and the wheels straighten up.
It is longer and wider than the TX models, but traveling through tight spaces is aided by the electric folding wing mirrors, from the options list which as of 2009 is standard.
In mid-2010, coinciding with a subtle mid-life facelift, production commenced on the Vito E-Cell all-electric van. Mercedes-Benz expects 100 vehicles to be produced by the end of 2010 and a further 2000 by the end of 2011.
The Vito E-Cell utilizes a specially developed front-wheel drive setup to save installation space for a 36-kWh lithium-ion battery pack housed underneath the van’s cargo area. The E-Cell’s electric motor has 60 kW (80 horsepower) and 207 pound-feet of torque. The electric van has a range of 81 mi (130 km) and a top speed of 50 mi (80 km). The Mercedes Vito Van has now been rolled out to the UK where 50 vehicles have been allocated for the first year. All customers are to be vetted to ensure suitability and must return the van after four years to Mercedes.