Mercedes-Benz Citan

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Mercedes-Benz Citan
Citan world premiere.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Also called Renault Kangoo
Renault Kangoo Evolution (MA)
Production 2012–present
Body and chassis
Class light van/Mini MPV
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Chronology
Predecessor Mercedes-Benz Vaneo

The Mercedes-Benz Citan is a light van/mini MPV introduced in 2012 by Mercedes-Benz as a replacement for the Vaneo.

Production[edit]

The Citan, known internally as the W415, is a result of the partnership between Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance and is assembled by Renault subsidiary MCA in the northern French town of Maubeuge, alongside its sister vehicle the Renault Kangoo.

The varied body styles of the Citan are due to the fact that the vehicle is aimed at both the passenger and light commercial vehicle markets. The Citan is the first Mercedes-Benz to be launched into the commercial vehicle market since the Vito in 1995. Daimler claim the light van sector is the fastest-growing market area in Europe, accounting for 700,000 sales annually.[1]

Body styles[edit]

Mercedes-Benz Citan Traveliner
Citan Panel Van
Citan interior

The Citan is a five-door, 1.5 litre diesel-engined, front-engined, front-wheel drive hatchback of three different lengths: compact (3.94m), long (4.32m) and extra-long (4.71m). The vehicle comes in three body styles: Panel Van, Dualiner and Traveliner, with the Panel Van seating up to two people and both the Dualiner and Traveliner seating up to five.

Safety[edit]

The Citan Traveliner received three passenger stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests.[2] Attributing the low performance to faulty airbags, Mercedes-Benz issued recall notices to approximately 3,500 Citan owners in May 2013.[3]

Euro NCAP Rating
Adult occupant: 3/5 stars
Pedestrian: 2/4 stars

Marketing[edit]

In 2012, Mercedes-Benz began a marketing campaign for the Citan with Richard Dean Anderson reprising his role as the popular TV show character MacGyver. The series of short films, titled MacGyver and the New Citan, is available on the official Citan website, from September 18 onwards.[4][5] The episodes were shot in Johannesburg, South Africa, in July 2012.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mercedes are Citan pretty and winning new fans". The Sun (UK). 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  2. ^ "Mercedes Benz CITAN Kombi | Euro NCAP - For safer cars crash test safety rating". Euro NCAP. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  3. ^ "Daimler recalls 3,500 Mercedes Citan vans over faulty airbags". Reuters. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-05-25. 
  4. ^ "Heroic. The New Citan". Mercedes-Benz. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 
  5. ^ "MacGyver and the new Citan: every hero needs a strong partner". Daimler AG. 2012-08-14. Retrieved 2013-06-17. 

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