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Mercedes-Benz Vito, the People Carrier Van

The mid-size van, born from Mercedes-Benz’s boldest genes has become an active part of the ‘Mercedes-Benz vans goes global’ business unit strategy

Since its introduction in 2014, the current Mercedes-Benz Vito has continued to position itself as a pacesetter in the mid-size van segment and in the transport industry. The mid-size van, born from Mercedes-Benz’s boldest genes has become an active part of the ‘Mercedes-Benz vans goes global’ business unit strategy which was in response to the needs of worldwide customers for maximum availability of Mercedes-Benz products in every market. Weststar Associates Limited, Authorized General Distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria has made available the mid-size Van which boasts of top value for total cost of ownership (TCO) as well as outstanding economy, and technology, with emphasis to its safety and assistance systems.

With the Vito Tourer, Mercedes-Benz has opened a new chapter in passenger transport. It is divided into the highly functional and robust Vito Tourer BASE, the versatile Vito Tourer PRO and the high-quality Vito Tourer SELECT. Meaning, the Vito Tourer can be tailored to accommodate all types of passenger transport, as its functional design and reliable quality makes it the perfect workhorse for every working day. The Vito Tourer has space for up to nine seats (depending on the model), an optional panoramic sliding sunroof and sliding doors that enable comfortable access to the vehicle.

The length variants in the Vito Tourer provide a very spacious interior that delivers comfort for both driver and passengers. With three lengths spanning the Compact (4.90 m), Long (5.14 m) and Extra-Long (5.37 m) variants, the Vito offers plenty of choice. In the Vito Tourer the passenger compartment and installed seating have options of two and three-passenger bench seats. The seats can be installed on wood or plastic flooring, or on a floor with fine carpeting for use as an exclusive shuttle. There is also the option of an 8 seater as standard in the Vito Tourer PRO and a 9 seater as standard in the Vito Tourer BASE.

Both the driver and passengers are comfortably seated in the interior of the Vito Tourer, benefiting from more space than in previous models. Now completely redesigned, the Vito's cockpit is exemplary in terms of its functionality and ergonomics, while the seats remain comfortable even during long journeys, thanks to their robust upholstery fabric an ergonomic cushioning. The optional audio systems make the journey even more enjoyable with excellent connections and entertainment while on the move. The audio systems available include the Audio 10, Audio 15 radios and the Becker MAP PILOT navigation system.

The Vito Tourer impresses with the rear-wheel drive and four-cylinder petrol engine variants, equipped with a 2.15-litre displacement and up to 155 KW (211 HP) power output. Another highlight is the optional 7-speed automatic transmission 7G-TRONIC PLUS which comes with excellent ride comfort and low fuel consumption figures, while the standard 6-speed manual transmission also offers an impressively good balance between agility and efficiency.

Like every other Mercedes-Benz product, the Vito Tourer places strong emphasis on safety first with numerous assistance systems. The Vito Tourer PRO and Vito Tourer SELECT models are equipped as standard with windowbags and thorax/pelvis sidebags in the front while the

Windowbags in the rear are optionally available for the Vito Tourer. With up to eight airbags in total, it is the benchmark in its class.

ATTENTION ASSIST, Hill-Start Assist and Crosswind Assist are part of the standard equipment. Crosswind Assist virtually eliminates the effects of wind gusts acting on the vehicle, while the Hill-Start Assist helps you when pulling away forwards or in reverse on an uphill gradient. The tyre pressure monitoring is another item of standard equipment in the Vito Tourer. In addition, the Vito may be equipped with numerous other assistance systems to suit individual needs. Examples include the only Active Parking Assist system for vans, COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST and Blind Spot Assist.

The Vito Tourer comes with halogen headlights as standard, but it can also be ordered with the optional LED Intelligent Light System (ILS). Previously, such a system was not available in the van segment. The ILS consists of LED turn signal indicators and LED daytime running lights, as well as of LED low-beam, high-beam, and cornering lights. These headlights can adjust the manner in which they distribute their beams in line with the speed of the vehicle and requirements on the road or highway.

According to Mr. Mirko Plath, Managing Director/CEO Weststar Associates Limited, customers looking to make purchases in the passenger transport and the mid-size van segments are provided with an opportunity to get more out of their vehicle and more for their business when they purchase the Vito Tourer. The superior safety systems speak for themselves as best in its class. He also emphasized that commitment to best product delivery to customers is key for Weststar.

In his words; “We remain committed to providing for the needs of our clients and customers in this ever changing business terrain, this is why we have delivered a versatile product in the Vito Tourer - a mid-size van that scores high points in fuel economy & cost of ownership, leading the way in technological advancements in its segment to the Nigerian market”.

Offering tangible external strengths, maximum benefit and low costs, the Mercedes-Benz Vito Tourer is the versatile and real professional among mid-size vans. Business owners in Nigeria can take advantage of this bargain when they purchase the Vito Tourer and enjoy excellent After-Sales services. The Vito Tourer is selling now at authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Nigeria and is available for immediate delivery.

The new Sprinter, The most economical van in its class. 

With over 20 years since its first production, Mercedes-Benz has introduced the newest model of the Sprinter van. The large sized Mercedes-Benz van continues to reign as the leader in its class in terms of innovation and this upgrade does not fail to impress. With a number of improved technological advancements and first it its class additions, customers can look forward to the best and most luxurious experience in a van that gets you there without breaking the budget. Weststar Associates Limited, Authorized General Distributors of Mercedes-Benz in Nigeria are proud to introduce this revolutionary van to the Nigerian market. 

The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter impresses with many eye catching features from its new attractive exterior design, 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission, new interior design with new attractive colour concepts and many innovations in the cab, passenger compartments & local compartments, there is also the introduction of numerous assistance and safety systems as well as the expansion and enhancement of existing systems.

The exterior of the new Sprinter highlights design innovations and more special features in comparism to its predecessor model. The design is inspired by sensual purity, the same philosophy in which all Mercedes-Benz models have been designed. The front design’s highlights include a new radiator grille with 3 powerful louvers and the bumper comes in the vehicle body colour. The new LED headlamps come with longer service life, reduced dazzle effect and better support in different visibility conditions. The side design stands out with concise lines, smooth transmissions and flowing surfaces that enhance the vehicle’s active character. The rear end’s self-detent rear door hinges are functional with visual improvement, and the Mercedes star is positioned beneath the rear windows.

The interior in the new Sprinter takes the concept of a passenger car design. The high quality design comes with enhanced value appeal and there is a new operating concept with new functions and improved ergonomics. The new cockpit design comes with an attractive interplay between dark grey elements, combined with black high gloss surfaces. The multifunction steering wheel comes with an extended functional scope, with the control elements logically grouped on both sides. Another highlight is the keyless start with practical engine start and stop function at the touch of a button; while the multifunctional box transforms the cab into a mobile office, it is easy to remove and easy to stow in the seat base frame. 

Passengers enjoy enhanced comfort with the variety of seating options and overall improved seating comfort. They are spoilt for choice with the diverse seat variants that come covered in either Caluma fabric in black, Maturin fabric in black or ARTICO made leather in black. There are also several connectivity and telematics interfaces in the new Sprinter that make the journey a more entertaining one for the driver and passengers. The highlight is the MBUX multimedia system which comes in the 7 inch display & 10.25 inch display variants; this includes Touch Control buttons, smart phone integration, USB type C connector, 2 way loudspeakers and Bluetooth connection. There are also charging and stowage capacities for mobile devices.

The new Sprinter impresses with rear-wheel drive and engine variants of four and six-cylinder diesel engines. The four cylinder engines come with 3 output levels with the greatest power at 120 KW, while the 6 cylinder comes with one output level of 140 KW. The engines have also been equipped with further measures to optimize fuel consumption. Another standout feature however is the new digital engine oil display included on the dashboard, this helps avoid possible damage and repair costs. The rear wheel drive in the Sprinter comes with 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment, while there is the optional 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission available for all diesel models. There are also drive select switches and shift paddles on the steering wheels that come with the automatic transmission models for comfortable gear shifting.

The safety systems in the new Sprinter are hugely emphasized to make a difference for the driver at all times. There is optimum visibility for the driver with the new wind shield wiper system which comes with a rain sensor, while the new LED headlamps come with improved illumination. There is also the addition of several support systems for the drive that include; Blind Spot Assist, Adaptive ESP, Active Brake Assist, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and more.

Speaking on the new Sprinter, Mr Mirko Plath, Managing Director/CEO Weststar Associates Limited declared; “There is nothing quite like the new Sprinter. In terms of how much it can do and how much customers are able to save on the long run with this automobile, it’s a deal that keeps giving. This van provides the added advantage for road transport operators that their customers wants, this is how we intend to provide direct and positive impact on business for our clients.”

With high scores on safety, economy and design the new Sprinter stands out in its class as an all-rounder. Customers can enjoy their travels in this large sized van knowing that they don’t have to break the bank to get the best they could possibly have. The new Sprinter is available in authorized Mercedes-Benz dealerships in Nigeria, for inquiries please call 08030798985, 08099998375/6.

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