The decision has been taken. The Mercedes-Benz Vario is undergoing a facelift and is set to receive a new drivetrain. To meet the requirements of future emissions standards, the Vario will be converted to include a new engine featuring new exhaust technology that will supplement the tried-and-trusted SCR technology and thus meet the Euro 6 standard.
The Vario will also continue to be produced in the Ludwigsfelde plant beyond 2013. The long-standing market success of the Vario in the high-capacity van segment is testimony to the sound investment in the vehicle and in the Ludwigsfelde plant near Berlin. The largest member of the Mercedes-Benz van product family not only combines the high load capacity of a ‘light truck’ with the agile handling characteristics of a van, but offers an equally compelling proposition with its sophisticated product quality, reliability and unrivalled combination and special-purpose body options.
Thanks to its front engine, the Vario – unlike its ‘light truck’ counterparts – does not need a tilting cab, making it ideally suited to the van concept. The driver enjoys the benefit of convenient access from the cab to the rear section of the vehicle. As a result, the Vario can be used for applications such as parcel-delivery services, as an emergency ambulance or camper van.
The low loading sill and the high payload, in particular, also make the vehicle ideally suited to applications in the heavy-duty distribution segment.
All in all, the Vario is the ideal tool for tomorrow’s challenges – even as it moves into its 15th year of production – thanks to its customised, flexible body options which are tailored precisely to customer requirements.
Source: Daimler AG