Mercedes-Benz Vans. A five star attraction.

27.06.2016

In 2009, the Mercedes-Benz Vito was awarded the first ever 5-star rating for a light commercial van by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The luxury passenger Viano and Valente variants were at the same time granted the rating by ANCAP.
With the development of more stringent and detailed assessment criteria by ANCAP with date stamping of results it was time for the new Vito, V-Class and Valente to be rated by ANCAP.
Now in 2016 ANCAP has again recognised the new Vito with a 5 Star ANCAP rating for all Vito’s equipped with Side Impact Airbags. Currently these Side Impact bags are optional in Vito, and any Vito so equipped is rated as a 5-Star vehicle.
Any Vito ordered from today (July production) will share the 5-Star ANCAP rating of the current V-Class and Valente passenger vehicles which are rated as 5-Star by ANCAP.
Diane Tarr, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Vans said:
“Our Van customers will continue to enjoy the same safety technologies aspassenger car drivers, and we have worked closely with ANCAP since the launch of the current Vito to ensure that we would achieve the more stringent and detailed assessment criteria to achieve a 5-Star rating. I want to praise the cooperative engagement by ANCAP which has been instrumental in us achieving this result.
Since launch, we have experienced a good take up rate of the Side Airbag option on Vito, and vehicles so equipped are rated as 5-Star. However we wanted to lift the bar even higher, and so we have worked with the factory to overcome production limitations, and negotiated hard to make side impact bags standard equipment from July. As such all Vito’s ordered from today (July 2016 production) will be rated as 5-Star.
As a company, we are proud that this 5-star result makes for a much saferworkplace available to the many thousands of van drivers who spend longworking days in their vehicles all over New Zealand.
After all, these vans are people’s workplaces and making side airbag’s standard means our Vito’s safety will make a real-world difference to their work place safety every single day.’’