Tested quality – the new Vito goes through its paces

Jul 28, 2014
  • Hot and cold: 5.5 million kilometres in testing around the world
  • The new Vito – quality ex factory
The new Vito has completed a tough programme of testing: research engineers put the new Vito through its paces in terms of engine applications alone.
Hot and cold: 5.5 million kilometres in testing around the world
Endurance tests at full throttle on the high-speed oval at the test track in Papenburg, Germany. Low-temperature tests at minus 30 degrees Celsius in Sweden. The combination of 40-degree heat and 2500 m altitude in Spain's Sierra Nevada. The combination of minus 20-degree cold and 2400 m altitude. Just this year, the new Vito successfully withstood the toughest tests yet of plus 45 degrees Celsius and 2200 m altitude in South Africa. The new Vito had to endure all this for weeks at a time and sometimes several times over. And this didn't just apply to the engines – other components too were pushed hard. In total the new Vito has covered approximately 5.5 million kilometres in testing.
The new Vito – quality ex factory
The new Vito is being made at the Vitoria plant in Spain's Basque country in accordance with Mercedes-Benz's strict production system. Standardised processes are in place which are valid worldwide to ensure a consistently high level of quality on a global basis.
Coinciding with the model change the company is investing some 190 million euros in production. Examples include a new coordinate measuring machine. It surveys the van's bodyshell with extreme precision to fractions of millimetres. New optical equipment monitors body components automatically on the bodyshell. The new Vito's fully galvanised body has long-term quality. Further enhanced seam sealing applied by almost fully automated robots guards reliably against penetrating moisture and thus corrosion, as does a new waxing plant for enhanced protection for body cavities.
Virtually all the senses will register the Vito's quality of the highest standard. It all starts in production with the precision-made bodyshell, the body's basic structure, to extremely tight tolerances. The high-quality bodyshell forms the basis of the new Vito's visible quality: the narrowness and evenness of the joints on the bodywork are noticeable even at first glance. The way the doors close has been optimised. The sliding doors, for example, easily glide shut in their guide mechanism, thereby noticeably reducing the closing force required. New kinematics mean it is easier to close the tailgate.
"High solid" metallic paint (also new) is extremely scratch-resistant. Given the sometimes harsh conditions of commercial use this is an important argument supporting the new Vito's stable value and well maintained appearance.
Premium, sturdy materials are equally compelling in the Vito's cockpit. This applies to the grained cover over the top side of the dashboard stowage compartment or the window sills, for example. In the rear of the Vito Tourer, the seats are not just comfortable; they are also easy to remove and rearrange.
Offering tangible external strengths, great intrinsic values, maximum benefit and low costs, the new Mercedes-Benz Vito is the versatile and real professional among mid-size vans.