MercedesBenz Citan minivan due 2014 motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz Citan minivan due

Mercedes-Benz has delayed the local of its Caddy competitor until its standards fit brand expectations

will delay the Australian of its Citan LCV until issues by a substandard Euro NCAP test result are resolved. In the of a three-star result by the independent testing body, Stuttgart has announced a voluntary recall of Citans in Europe.

It’s withholding people-mover variants sale worldwide until the is resolved to its satisfaction — it has gone ahead with van sales.

The Citan van is built in conjunction Renault. By the time it arrives Under in mid-2014 (well a year behind schedule) the contributing to the result will be resolved, visiting Mercedes-Benz execs told media at a press conference today.

The will be a substantially improved spec with no ill-effect on company executives said. they stopped short of an expectation of four-stars, they did the light van will see substantial in the areas Euro NCAP it wanting.

It’s claimed the safety issue was a window that failed to fully after getting caught on the seat-belt anchorage point.

Klaus Maier, the Mercedes-Benz arm’s VP of sales and marketing, that the recall is voluntary, and the window bag didn’t inflate it was found to provide satisfactory

“But we decided to correct it – we’ve almost finalised the Maier said.

On other of contention that came to including hard interior a skimpy list of driver features and poor pedestrian the company is not commenting for the time However Maier and his colleagues it will be making other modifications to bring Citan line with expectations of a built on safety and advanced

“Obviously when we’re in a venture like this, limited in what we can say before finalised with Renault we’ll be doing,” he told at a Sydney press conference

“And because it’s not us, we have not yet finalised what we can

The Citan is strategically critical for pitched as it is into a hotly segment including Volkswagen’s Fiat’s Scudo, Citroen’s and, of course, the near-identical

The company attributed the poor result in part to the tightening up of criteria between the vehicle’s in cahoots with Renault and the testing took place.

“Of course we weren’t happy the result,” Mr Maier said.

Mercedes-Benz Citan

“At the the Kangoo underwent testing, NCAP used three criteria, and the Kangoo came out in its class in two of those three.”

By the the Citan came up for testing, the had added a fourth field – assist systems. Asked if the will be fitting such Mr Maier wouldn’t confirm or

“But definitely we will to improve safety. It was a big issue in if not so much elsewhere. But while we not be able to do everything we might to do given it’s not only our we will be doing everything we

The test result was more of a to Benz’s brand than to in Europe since the Citan’s in mid-2012, Maier said.

“It affected sales really. because three stars is the result anyone in that has achieved. In Europe, the news of it and went in a couple of days.

month, Citan had a 7 per cent share in Germany, and more 10 per cent in the Netherlands – and that’s van only – no Kombi [people-mover],” he

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Published. 26 August 2013

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