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Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

Future Models — 2013 Citan

Kit, not test, delays Benz’s van

Heavy load: Mercedes-Benz until it gets the right mix for Australia, the Citan commercial van make any deliveries Down

Talks over specification, stall Mercedes-Benz’s three-star van


26 July 2013

over the right level of and choice of engines – and not a less-than-stellar test rating – are delaying the of Mercedes-Benz’ s Citan compact van.

Mercedes-Benz said this it is yet to make a decision on when it bring the Citan to Australia – the fact that it deviates the German brand’s strong crash safety message it uses to put its commercial vehicle ahead of the competition..

David McCarthy, the senior of corporate communications for the Australian arm of the said the company was “still a bit up in the as to the timing of the Citan’s arrival, three months after the compact trade van scored an three stars out of five in independent European crash

The April European New Car Assessment crash test for the Citan – a that is based on Renault’s but tweaked at the front, rear and to resemble a Benz – spurred Australia to put a hold on its program to the van here.

“We can’t give you a launch yet,” Mr McCarthy said. “Of it (the low crash test for the Citan) is a concern for us. It’s a in our decision, but the biggest issue we with the vehicle, to be honest, is and specification.

Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan

“We haven’t been to – and this has been the main for the delay – obtain the spec (we ideally we’d like two lengths and a couple of good choices, but we haven’t been to lock those in.

“Until we get that – and at the end of the day it’s not to be a big volume product to us, it’s we want in the range – but the reality is we get the spec and the price we want, see.”

Mr McCarthy said the Citan only sell between 200 and 300 a year, about the same as the of Vito-based Viano people-movers the sold in Australia last

“It’s not a high priority in of the volume,” he said. “There’s in the vehicle, but there’s a lot of boxes to

“It will come here, but we don’t know when.”

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