The Mercedes-Benz Vito has won the German Commercial Vehicle Prize 2016 (Deutscher Nutzfahrzeugpreis) in the category for vans with three tonnes gross vehicle weight.
Up against a strong field, the all-rounder with the three-pointed star prevailed against the competition after two days of intensive tests and was awarded the coveted prize by the 15-member judging panel of tradespeople. The award was being run for the 13th time by the publishing house Holzmann Medien (Deutsche Handwerkszeitung, handwerk magazin). In addition to tests while stationary and on the move, the scoring also took account of an independent economic analysis. The prize-winning Vito 109 CDI panel van impressed especially with its driving dynamics. Yet its economy and efficiency also spoke in favour of the Mercedes-Benz mid-size van, which impressed in the test with its 65 kW (88 hp) diesel engine (fuel consumption combined: 6,3 l/100 km, CO2 emissions combined: 166 g/km), front-wheel drive and six-speed manual transmission.
The prize will be presented on September 23 at the IAA in Hanover.
“We’re delighted to have won the German Commercial Vehicle Prize 2016 with the Mercedes-Benz Vito. The verdict of the judging panel, which was made up of tradespeople from many industries, shows that we have the right vans for our customers in our product line-up”, says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “The Vito is an essential component of the success story of Mercedes-Benz Vans, as proved by its sales figures in the second quarter of 2016, which increased by 26% to 24,700 units.”