Mercedes targets city logistics market with specialist van

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Mercedes Benz is to target the city logistics market with the launch of a new urban delivery van, the Citan, in the autumn.

The name comes from “City” and “Titan” which the company said reflected its role as a specialist in city logistics, designed specifically for the rough and tumble of everyday working life.

The launch was announced at a symposium on brand competence and city logistics at the Mercedes-Benz Design Centre in Sindelfingen.

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The company said the design would be robust and durable. The choice of drive systems comprises a broad range of economical and low-emission diesel and petrol engines – including a BlueEFFICIENCY package. A version powered by an electric engine is also planned.

The Citan will be smaller that the Vito but will come in a number of variants such as panel van, crewbus or Mixto in various lengths and weight categories.

The market launch will take place in the autumn of 2012. It will be on show to the general public for the first time in September at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hanover.

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