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Mercedes to develop new Citan with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance

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Mercedes-Benz Vans is to introduce a new Citan, including an electric version, in partnership with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, continuing the strategic cooperation between the companies which started nine years ago.

The manufacturer has been offering the Citan since 2012 as a panel van, a five-seat Tourer van-derived MPV and a part-van, part-MPV Dualiner which offers up to five seats. It says the successor vehicle will offer the same combination of high functionality, versatility, economy, comprehensive safety systems and high ride comfort.

Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans said: “The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clearly be recognizable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance. We will provide for a distinctive brand-adequate identity in the successor of our small van.”

Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz Vans has introduced vehicle drive style monitoring as standard, for three years, on all new Sprinter and Vito Tourer models. The system, which includes acceleration behaviour analysis, anticipatory driving behaviour, coasting and smooth driving analysis, as well as harsh cornering and braking warnings, can be remotely retrofitted to existing Sprinters using software updates. Steve Bridge, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans UK said: “With our new drive style monitoring solution software included as standard, company owners and vehicle managers can spend less time worrying about the vans and drivers, and more time therefore focused on their business and customers.”