Mercedes-Benz at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show
Hannover/Stuttgart
Sep 23, 2008
Mercedes-Benz Vans
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter: range extended,
new comfort and safety details
  • One for all: show vehicle for three industries based on low frame
  • New: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with natural-gas drive
  • New: the second-generation Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid
  • New: the Sprinter 4x4 with selectable all-wheel drive
Since its relaunch in 2006, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has broken record after record. With 165,900 units produced in the past year, it is the European champion in its segment. The Sprinter is precisely tailored to the category of vans with a permissible gross vehicle weight of around 3.5 t. With numerous body and weight options, it covers all of the major segments in its class between permissible gross vehicle weights of 3 t and 5 t.
Low frame with gross weight of 4.2 t and air suspension
One unique feature is the low-frame chassis, now even available with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 4.2 t. Another new highlight is the optional air suspension in place of the standard-fit coil springs for the rear axle. The wide range of possibilities opened up by the low-frame design is displayed by a spectacular show vehicle on display: a single vehicle is used to highlight the fact that the low frame can be used for a high-volume box-body van (Schutz), a camper van (Concorde) or a rescue vehicle (Strobel).
Safety is paramount for the Sprinter
The Sprinter provides an unbeatably high level of safety with fade-resistant brakes and Adaptive ESP. It has now been further augmented by adaptive brake lights that start flashing when the vehicle is braked in an emergency. Instead of simply re­main­ning lit when they come on, the brake lights flash for the duration of the emer­gency braking manoeuvre. An option for vehicles with a manual transmission is start-off assist: it prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards unintentionally as the driver switches from the brake pedal to the accelerator pedal when performing a hill start.
Engines: powerful and easy on the environment
The engine line-up is based on economical CDI turbodiesel units with four and six cylinders in a choice of five power outputs from 65 kW (88 hp) to 135 kW (184 hp). The diesel engines come as standard with a six-speed manual transmission and optional five-speed automatic transmission including a torque converter.
When equipped with the ECO start/stop function, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a prime example of how maximum effect can be achieved at minimum expense. This function enables fuel consumption savings of between five and eight percent to be made, especially in heavy traffic where stop-and-go operation is very much the name of the game.
New: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with natural-gas drive
As well as producing much lower exhaust and noise emissions, the Sprinter NGT (Natural Gas Technology) with bivalent natural-gas drive also impresses on account of its low running costs. The base engine – a four-cylinder unit with a displacement of 1.8 litres – can run on petrol as well. Thanks to mechanical charging with a compressor, the powerplant is able to develop 115 kW (156 hp) and achieves a peak torque of 240 Nm. The gas tanks are mounted under the floor to save space and do not restrict the load compartment in any way.
New: EEV version of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Those looking for an even more eco-friendly variant of the Sprinter NGT have the option of ordering an EEV version. EEV is only possible in the case of monovalent vehicles, in other words vehicles with an additional tank holding less than 15 litres. This design also reduces weight. Petrol mode is employed merely when starting off, meaning that the Sprinter NGT EEV is operated almost exclusively in cost-effective gas mode.
New: the Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid
With the second-generation Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid, Mercedes-Benz is strengthening its leading position in the development of hybrid drives in comer­cial vehicles. The drive system is configured as a parallel hybrid, with an electric motor situa­ted between the internal combustion engine and the automatic trans­mission. A set of lithium-ion batteries is housed immediately aft of the rear axle. The van has a range of up to 30 km in electric mode, meaning that the Sprinter Plug-In Hy­brid can be operated with zero emissions in environmentally sensitive areas. The electric motor achieves a continuous output of 42 kW with a torque of 182 Nm. The short-term maximum output is 71 kW, while the peak torque is 280 Nm, so the electric motor alone is easily able to cover the majority of driving require­ments.
New: the Sprinter 4x4 with selectable all-wheel drive
The Sprinter 4x4 with selectable all-wheel drive makes the driver's job easy. All-wheel-drive mode can be selected at the push of a button. Power is transferred to the front axle by means of a transfer case which sits behind the main trans­mission. Instead of working with mechanical differential locks, the all-wheel-drive system teams up with the Electronic Traction System (4ETS). If one or more wheels lose traction, 4ETS brakes the spinning wheels automatically whilst at the same time increasing the drive torque at the wheels offering good traction. Automatic brake intervention by means of 4ETS can simulate the effect of up to three differential locks. An optional gear reduction further increases the level of traction provided by the Sprinter 4x4.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
Ten exhibits highlight the sheer diversity of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter range. Playing one of the starring roles is a customer vehicle in the form of the Sprinter 316 NGT panel van with natural-gas drive, which underlines the Sprinter's ability to incorporate new and eco-friendly technology whilst still fulfilling customer requirements to the letter. Three vehicles emphasise the numerous possibilities opened up by Van Solution.

Custom-designed drive systems:
BlueEFFICIENCY packages
  • BlueEFFICIENCY Town package: a clean solution for short-distance transport
  • BlueEFFICIENCY MidRange package: an all-round solution
    for middle-distance transport
  • BlueEFFICIENCY LongRange package: an economical solution for long-distance transport
In future it will be possible to supply Mercedes-Benz vans incorporating “ready-made” packages designed with specific application profiles in mind. Alongside existing components, elements of the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY concept study will also feature.
BlueEFFICIENCY Town package: a clean solution for short-distance transport
A high percentage of short routes, many stops and a mileage of less than 20,000 km per year – this scenario demands a modest engine output and a short axle ratio. Further highlights designed with emissions and cost-effectiveness in mind will include a shift point indicator, the ECO-Start start/stop system, a natural-gas drive system, a Mild Hybrid or, depending on usage, a Full Hybrid.
BlueEFFICIENCY MidRange package: an all-round solution for middle-distance transport
For the all-rounders of the van world with mileages in excess of 20,000 km per year, engine output and axle ratio are both optimised for the MidRange package. Natural-gas drive can slash fuel costs and cut emissions substantially. The same applies to the controlled “ECO” power steering pump and optimised engine characteristics such as a reduction in the engine’s friction losses.
BlueEFFICIENCY LongRange package: an economical solution for long-distance transport
More than 80,000 kilometres per year, and long trips – this is a scenario for high engine outputs in conjunction with long and fuel-saving ratios. There is an aerodynamic package that is tailor-made for this usage profile, as showcased by the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY concept study. Low-friction oils reduce friction losses and, like low rolling-resistance tyres, cut fuel consumption. A controlled “ECO” power steering pump is particularly effective.

Mercedes-Benz Vito/Viano: more models, more safety, more technology
  • New: Vito with GVW of 3.2 tonnes, Viano with GVW of 3.05 tonnes
  • New safety equipment: adaptive brake lights
  • New: further enhanced seating comfort for driver and passengers
  • Stylish and practical: Mercedes-Benz Vito EFFECT
Unveiled in the summer of 2003 together with the Mercedes-Benz Viano MPV, the Mercedes‑Benz Vito van offers numerous body, powertrain and equipment options, enabling it to meet practically any requirement in the segment for compact vans. Further attractive variants have now joined the line-up: the Vito, for instance, is now also available with a permissible GVW of 3.2 tonnes and, consequently, offers a much higher payload, while a version of the Viano with a GVW of 3.05 tonnes can also be ordered. Other new developments include additional comfort and safety details as well as a special-edition model in the shape of the Vito EFFECT.
Vito and Viano: two for all
Versatility is the Vito's trump card. Firstly there is a choice of panel van, Mixto or crewbus. Then there are three vehicle lengths and, in each case, two wheelbase lengths and vehicle heights. Plus the load capacity can be increased or reduced, depending on the model variant. In addition, the diesel engines cover four output categories between 70 kW (95 hp) and 150 kW (204 hp). Alternatively, a V6 petrol engine with a displacement of 3.5 litres and an output of 190 kW (258 hp) can be ordered. Drive power from the four-cylinder diesel engines is sent to the driven rear axle via a six-speed manual transmission, while standard equipment for the V6 models includes a five-speed automatic transmission which is also available as an option for the two most powerful four-cylinder diesel engines. If a high level of traction is required, customers can opt for the Mercedes-Benz Vito 4x4 with all-wheel drive.
New: Vito with a permissible GVW of 3.2 tonnes
The Vito has now widened the scope of its range with a new weight variant: the vehicles with a permissible GVW of 2.77 tonnes or 2.94 tonnes are now being uprated to 3.2 tonnes. This means that the payload can be increased by more than 200 kg to up to around 1400 kg.
Viano: wide range for everyday and recreational use
The choice of variants in the Mercedes-Benz Viano MPV range is equally wide. Customers have the option of four engine outputs from 80 kW (109 hp) to 190 kW (258 hp), a manual or automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive or 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Not to mention three body lengths and two wheelbase lengths. Those looking to further individualise the Viano can opt for the "Trend" and "Ambiente" equipment lines, the recreation-oriented "Fun" line or the compact "Marco Polo" camper van.
New: Viano with a permissible GVW of 3.05 tonnes
The Viano line-up has also been augmented by a third weight variant. Customers can now specify a permissible GVW of 3.05 tonnes as an option. The increased GVW of 3.05 tonnes is standard for Viano Trend and Viano Ambiente models in combination with eight seats and a V6 CDI engine.
New safety equipment: adaptive brake lights
The safety equipment package for the Vito and Viano is exemplary and unparalleled. Particularly since it has now been further augmented by adaptive brake lights that start flashing when the vehicle is braked in an emergency. This function, to date the only one of its kind for vans and MPVs, enhances safety in the event of an emergency stop. Instead of simply remaining lit when they come on, the brake lights then flash for the duration of the emergency braking manoeuvre. The Viano already comes with adaptive brake lights as standard, with the Vito set to follow suit from next spring.
New: further enhanced seating comfort for driver and passengers
The level of seating comfort in the Vito and Viano has also been improved: the individual seats, the optional bench seats at the rear of the Viano as well as the comfort seats in the Vito passenger compartment all feature new upholstery that has been ergonomically optimised and extended by 25 mm in the thigh-support area. The frames of the comfort seats for the driver and front passenger have been lowered by 15 mm to improve the sitting position. Plus the vertical adjustment range of the seats has been increased.
Stylish and practical: Mercedes-Benz Vito EFFECT
The latest special-edition model – the Vito EFECT – shows just how stylish a practical van can be. The 16 or 17-inch light-alloy wheels and painted bumpers lend this model immense appeal, while the impressive cockpit boasts a multi­function steering wheel, pixel-matrix instrument cluster, stowage compartment or DIN insertion compartment in the centre console and an electrically folding exterior mirror.
The Mercedes-Benz Vito and Viano at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover
Ten exhibits at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show highlight the sheer variety offered by the Vito and Viano ranges. Much of the focus is on the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY show vehicle which, using numerous examples to great effect, highlights the potential of diesel-driven vans in terms of environmental compatibility and cost-effectiveness. Many of the ideas on show here will soon become everyday sights on the road. A cutaway model highlights the next stage of the journey into the future: the Vito with a mild hybrid.

A glimpse into the future of the van: the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY show vehicle
  • Fuel economy improved by up to 1.5 litres/100 km with conventional
    drive system
  • New six-speed manual transmission with wide ratio range
  • Extensive aerodynamics package improves drag coefficientHow to save even more diesel: the Vito with hybrid drive
A sensational concept vehicle - the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY - affords visitors to the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover a glimpse of what the future may hold by demonstrating the potential of today’s vans when equipped with new technology.
New six-speed manual transmission with wide ratio range
A special six-speed manual transmission with a wide ratio range allows the laden vehicle and trailer to move off smoothly on hills. When the van is travelling at high speed, the high-geared 6th gear reduces the engine revs and, consequently, fuel consumption, emissions and noise.
The ECO start/stop function, which switches the engine off automatically as soon as the vehicle is at a standstill, is linked to the battery and alternator management system. When the battery is more or less fully charged, the alternator is switched off, leaving the battery to supply the vehicle's electrical system. The battery is charged when the brakes are applied and when the vehicle is running in deceleration mode. When there is little call for steering, the ECO power steering pump lessens the volumetric flow to the steering gear.
Extensive aerodynamics package reduces drag coefficient
Underfloor panelling reduces air swirl dramatically, improving the drag coefficient (cd figure), while side and floor mounted ventilators dissipate the heat given off by the engine and differential. The cooling-air management system also reduces the cd figure. Three louvres behind the radiator grille open or close as a function of the vehicle speed and coolant temperature. Further components of the aerodynamics package include windscreen wipers that remain in a concealed position when at rest as well as a roof with a smooth plastic surface, recessed roof carrier bars and a rear spoiler lip.
Camera systems installed in place of the conventional exterior mirrors improve both the cross-sectional area and the airflow around the body. Furthermore, this system has a positive side effect in that it reduces the overall width of the body.
Low rolling-resistance tyres have a reduced cross-sectional area and offer less rolling resistance. LED headlamps and tail lights likewise save power and, there­fore, fuel. LED daytime driving lights along with the indicators and side lights are integrated in the almond-shaped light units. The tail lights incorporate LEDs for all light functions.
Fuel economy improved by up to 1.5 litres/100 km with conventional drive system
Overall, the fuel-efficiency measures implemented for the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY show vehicle add up to a saving of up to 1.5 litres/100 km and a reduction in CO2 emissions to the tune of up to 40 grams/km. Several components of the Vito BlueEFFICIENCY show vehicle are set to be introduced as standard or special equipment in the near future.
How to save even more diesel: the Vito BlueHybrid
Mercedes-Benz is unveiling the technology for a possible Vito with hybrid drive for the first time at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover – in the form of a cut-away model. This parallel hybrid is a type of "Mild Hybrid", which means that the electric motor assists the internal combustion engine and performs the starter function, doing away with the need for a conventional alternator. Located between the diesel engine and the transmission, the electric motor has an output of up to 18 kW. The electrical energy, produced by the conversion of braking energy, is stored in lithium-ion batteries. The Mercedes-Benz developers estimate that the Vito Mild Hybrid has the potential to save up to 2.0 litres/100 km.
Mercedes-Benz Vario: robust and unique
  • Unique concept with around 60 variants
  • BlueTec engines: robust design, clean emissions
Whether it be construction companies, tradespeople, local authorities, bus operators or parcel-delivery services, they and many others know that they have a reliable partner in the Mercedes-Benz Vario. Featuring a short-nosed cab, an almost indestructible chassis and a wide range of variants, it combines the attributes of a van and a truck.
Unique concept with around 60 variants
Comprising around 60 variants – including panel vans (with a standard or high roof), partially glazed panel vans with an additional row of seats, pickups, tippers and chassis units with a crewcab – the Mercedes-Benz Vario line-up ranging from 6.0 t to 7.5 t offers an unrivalled variety of solutions.
BlueTec engines: robust design, clean emissions
The latest generation of Mercedes-Benz Vario vans comes with a choice of durable, low-emission powerplants incorporating BlueTec diesel technology based on SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction). In keeping with tradition, the Vario is equipped with powerful and flexible four-cylinder turbodiesel engines from the OM 904 LA series. They feature outputs between 95 kW (129 hp) and 130 kW (177 hp). Standard equipment for all Vario models includes a six-speed manual transmission, while the optional five-speed automatic transmission with a torque converter offers even greater convenience. If high traction is required, the Vario can also be ordered with selectable all-wheel drive.
The Mercedes-Benz Vario at the 2008 International Commercial
Vehicle Show in
Hanover
Representing the Vario range at the 2008 International Commercial Vehicle Show is a Vario 816 DA model with all-wheel drive and a fire-brigade body. Equipment on board this portable fire pump carrier (TSF-W) includes a 700-litre extinguishing-water tank.
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