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Mercedes-Benz at the International
Caravan Salon 2007 in Düsseldorf


Contents                                                                       Page


Safe and comfortable on the road in camper vans with the star                   2


Safer than ever before:
Seal of approval for James Cook camper, airbags for fully integrated campers    7


Premier at the Caravan Salon:
Special model Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition,
Free safety training for Sprinter customers                                     11


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist for safe driving with a caravan                   13


Custom-designed camper van:
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter James Cook Westfalia                                 16


30 years of the Mercedes-Benz James Cook: Milestones of a living legend         22


Mercedes-Benz Viano Marco Polo Westfalia: An extremely successful model         26


Mercedes-Benz Viano/Viano Fun:
An introduction to mobile recreation on four wheels                             29


Sprinter and Co.: Base vehicles with class                                      33




Düsseldorf, 24th August to 2nd September 2007
Safe and comfortable on the road                                                 Page 2
in camper vans with the star
 Safety first: quality seal “Certified Occupant Safety” for James
   Cook, airbag approval for fully integrated vehicles and driving
   safety training for Sprinter customers
 ESP® Trailer Stability Assist: safe driving with a caravan
 Exclusive and comfortable: Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition
 30 years and still going strong: the James Cook celebrates a
   birthday
 Internationally successful: base vehicles from Mercedes-Benz
 Sprinter James Cook and Viano Marco Polo set standards
 Mercedes-Benz at the Caravan Salon 2007 in Düsseldorf


Düsseldorf/Stuttgart, Germany – Safety and comfort are the two key
concepts for camper vans bearing the star. Travellers in a rolling holiday
apartment from Mercedes-Benz should also be able to count on the highest
possible level of safety in their leisure time — as well as feeling at home on
the road. Mercedes-Benz will continue to live up to these principles with
another wide range of innovations in model year 2008.


Safety first: quality seal “Certified Occupant Safety” for James Cook,
airbag approval for fully integrated vehicles and driving safety training
for Sprinter customers


The Sprinter James Cook Westfalia was presented the quality seal
―Certified Occupant Safety‖ of the Rhineland Technical Inspectorate (TÜV)
at the Caravan Salon 2007. The award was in recognition of the successful
crash test of a camper van fully equipped for the holidays. The test was
carried out on a sledge system.


A further spectacular Mercedes-Benz crash test demonstrated the
interaction of airbags, seat belts and a defined combination of front seats
including headrests and seat consoles. As a result, Mercedes-Benz can             Page 3
now offer the platform or cowl chassis of the Sprinter for fully integrated
camper vans with front airbags for the driver and the front passenger,
provided it is in combination with a defined seat configuration.


Safety is also at the heart of another action. Anyone buying a Mercedes-
Benz Sprinter-based camper van at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf will
receive a free voucher for a one-day driving safety training course, This is
irrespective of the brand of the superstructure.


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist: safe driving with a caravan


Should a caravan start fishtailing, this is dangerous and immediately affects
the balance of the whole rig. If not corrected, it can rapidly reach a critical
level and cause the vehicle-trailer combination to veer out of control. Now,
however, the Viano and Vito feature ESP® Trailer Stability Assist, a system
that automatically uses targeted braking actions to counteract fishtailing.


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist is a supplementary feature of the Electronic
Stability Program (ESP®). It uses applications of the brakes at the front axle
to damp the fishtailing oscillations and reduces the engine torque. With
successive braking actions, the brakes are applied for longer periods and
with increasing power. This reduces the driving speed significantly.


Exclusive and comfortable: Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition


Exclusivity and comfort are at the heart of the new special model Viano
Marco Polo Limited Edition. Whether it's the attractive 18-inch light-alloy
wheels, a combination of leather and Alcantara for the seat covers, a floor
with wood design in the living area or the powerful V6 CDI engine, the
special model is made to measure for the especially demanding customer.
30 years and still going strong: the James Cook celebrates a birthday            Page 4


Each generation of the James Cook has embodied the highest travel
comfort. The pioneer in the premium camper van segment is now in its third
generation and is celebrating its 30th birthday this summer. That’s the
perfect reason to take a look back at the history of this iconic camper van.


Internationally successful: base vehicles from Mercedes-Benz


Safety and comfort are also the reasons why more than two dozen
renowned camper van manufacturers have chosen to base their top models
on a vehicle from Mercedes-Benz. The brand’s camper vans come primarily
from the four major markets in Europe: France, Germany, the UK and Italy.
In Germany alone, Mercedes-Benz has for many years accounted for a
market share of around ten per cent with its base vehicles for camper vans.


Sprinter James Cook and Viano Marco Polo set standards


Mercedes-Benz has also repeatedly set the standards for safe, comfortable
camper vans designed to appeal to demanding holidaymakers. The new
Sprinter James Cook Westfalia is an innovative, upper-range camper van
that continues in the successful tradition of its legendary predecessor
models. With its elegant design and many pioneering details, it writes a new
chapter in the long success story of outstanding camper vans.


The best-selling camper van from Mercedes-Benz is the Viano Marco Polo
Westfalia. In two generations it has sold over 9,000 units in total, making it
one of the most successful models in camper van history. The Viano Marco
Polo impressively brings together everyday utility and high recreational
value. On the one hand it has a powerful engine, while its compact size
allows it to fit into standard garages and car parks. On the other hand, with
its pop-up roof, seating group, electrically operated fold-up bench seat,
cupboards and fully equipped kitchenette it is also perfectly equipped to
deal with anything from a spontaneous weekend excursion to the annual          Page 5
holiday.


Exemplary comfort and safety equipment


The Sprinter James Cook, the Viano Marco Polo and the numerous
campers from the vehicle body partners all benefit from the extensive range
of comfort and safety equipment offered by Mercedes-Benz. Thanks to its
superior traction, the rear-wheel drive system used in the Sprinter and the
Viano is particularly beneficial for heavy camper vans. Rear-wheel drive is
also a precondition for achieving top handling performance, great
manoeuvrability and high agility while ensuring that the vehicle remains
easy to control.


In addition, all models and chassis are equipped with the latest generation
of the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®) as standard. Along with the usual
parameters, the system also features Load Adaptive Control and adjusts
itself to different weight loads and weight distributions. All Sprinter and
Viano models roll off the line on 16-inch wheels as standard, which can
accommodate large brake discs and a durable braking system, whose high
performance also sets standards in the segment.


Operating safety has always been an attribute of all automobiles made by
Mercedes-Benz. Whether with respect to spaciousness, instrumentation or
the layout of buttons, switches and control lamps — it’s possible to get in
and drive off an MB-based camper van without any significant familiarisation
process being necessary. Visibility is an important factor for camper vans,
which often have very voluminous bodies. The exterior mirrors of the
Sprinter and Viano, with their large lenses and wide-angle auxiliary lenses,
make another significant contribution to driving safety.
Powerful and economical four and six-cylinder engines                              Page 6


Just as impressive as the comfort and safety features are the engines and
powertrains. The vehicles are equipped with powerful and fuel-efficient CDI
diesel engines with four or six cylinders and 2.2 or 3.0 litres of displacement.
In the case of the Viano CDI, the power output extends all the way up to 150
kW (204 hp) in the V6 engine. The Sprinter CDI is offered with a V6 engine
delivering 135 kW (184 hp). The superlative V6 CDI is one of the unique
selling points of the Viano and the Sprinter, and the engine is unsurpassed
in its class for its smooth running characteristics.


Another unique feature is that power is transmitted in all models either by a
six-speed manual transmission or by a fully automatic five-speed torque
converter transmission. No other base vehicle can offer more comfort.


Particulate filter fitted as standard in all models


The CDI diesel engines are not only smooth-running and powerful, but also
as clean as is currently possible. To ensure extremely effective exhaust gas
purifycation, all diesel models are fitted with a closed particulate filter as
standard. Naturally, all of the vehicles have also been awarded Germany’s
―green‖ sticker for low particulate emissions. In addition, the models comply
with emission class S4, which makes them eligible for a particularly low tax
bracket in Germany.


Mercedes-Benz at the Caravan Salon


At its stand in Hall 16, Mercedes-Benz is presenting seven models as a
representtative selection of its line-up of recreational vehicles. The star
attractions are the special Marco Polo Limited Edition and the Classic and
Compact variants of the Sprinter James Cook. A Viano Marco Polo 4Matic
with four-wheel drive demonstrates how outstanding traction comes in
attractive packaging. The Viano Fun on show is the entry-level vehicle for
recreation on four wheels. And with their low frame, rear drive axle and
independent suspension, the Sprinter chassis and cab illustrate how     Page 7
innovative technology can form the basis for extra-comfortable camper
vans.
New: Seal of approval for James Cook                                              Page 8

camper, airbags for fully integrated Sprinter-
based campers
 German Technical Inspectorate awards seal of approval to James
   Cook camper van for “Certified Occupant Safety”
 Successful test on camper van loaded ready for holiday
 Crash test with camper van: airbags released for use in fully
   integrated vehicles


Vehicles from Mercedes-Benz are renowned for their exceptional safety,
and each new model from the brand sets standards in its class. The same is
true of the current Sprinter, which is becoming increasingly popular as the
base vehicle for high-grade camper vans. In two recent examples of safety
innovations in this segment, the James Cook camper van has been
awarded the seal of approval for ―Certified Occupant Safety‖ by the
Rhineland Technical Inspectorate, and the Sprinter as a cowl chassis
without cab for fully integrated campers featuring defined seats and seat
consoles is now available with front airbags for the driver and the front
passenger.


The approval of both innovations was conditional upon the successful
completion of a crash test.


Demanding requirements for seal of approval


The Rhineland Technical Inspectorate seldom has the opportunity to award
its seal of approval for ―Certified Occupant Safety‖. This is because the
requirements are so demanding. At the heart of the certification procedure is
the successful completion of a crash test at a deceleration of 20 g over 30
milliseconds. This corresponds to a frontal collision with a concrete wall at a
speed of over 32 km/h. By way of comparison, a deceleration of 1 g, i.e. the
acceleration due to the earth’s gravity, is the equivalent of an emergency
braking manoeuvre in a top-of-the-range sports car or saloon. In contrast,          Page 9
20 g corresponds to four or five times the impact experienced during a ride
on a roller coaster  i.e. a massive test for the fittings in a camper.


Furthermore, the James Cook test vehicle was also laden with a realistic
load: an adult-size dummy and a child-size dummy corresponding to a six-
year-old child in the living area, both secured according to regulations; the
freshwater tank inside the vehicle was 90 per cent full; a gas bottle was
fitted on board; and the tank for the toilet was filled with water. Likewise, the
various storage areas were realistically laden, including the fridge with
drinks, and kitchen cupboards and open shelves with typical articles,
equipment and items of food. This way it was possible to test the stability
under load of the doors and hatches in the living area of the camper.


The test engineers loaded up the James Cook camper on the basis of the
requirements of a four-person family to a gross vehicle weight rating of 3.5
tonnes. This conforms to the German industrial standard DIN 1646-2, which
specifies for the purposes of vehicle registration a weight of 10 kg luggage
per metre of vehicle length plus a further 10 kg per person.


Technical Inspectorate awards James Cook camper the seal of
approval for “Certified Occupant Safety”


As a result of this test, the Rhineland Technical Inspectorate awarded the
current James Cook camper the seal of approval for ―Certified Occupant
Safety‖. Customers of this model are therefore entitled to have even more
faith in the vehicle’s safety, as the living area of the James Cook 
including seating, onboard systems and all the fittings ready installed for the
perfect holiday experience  meets the very highest safety requirements.
The cupboard doors and hatches remained closed even during the
simulated frontal impact of the crash test. Apart from the James Cook only
one other current camper is entitled to carry the coveted seal of approval 
further proof of the demanding requirements involved. Thus the current
James Cook upholds the outstanding safety standards of its predecessors,
including the very first prototype of the immediate predecessor, which          Page 10
successfully completed a crash test in the spring of 1995.


As everyone knows, the James Cook is based on the Mercedes-Benz
Sprinter, a vehicle also known for its outstanding safety. Before its market
launch at the beginning of last year the Sprinter had completed more than
100 different crash tests.


New: airbags approved for use in fully integrated campers


Customers opting for a new fully integrated camper based on the Sprinter
are also entitled to feel more confident than ever in the safety of their
vehicle. In combination with defined seats and seat consoles, the Sprinter
as a cowl chassis for fully integrated campers is now available with front
airbags for the driver and the front passenger. Once again, successful
completion of a crash test was required before installation of the airbags
could be authorised. In this instance a Hymermobil camper based on a
Sprinter chassis was laden to a weight of five tonnes and then crashed into
a solid concrete block at 32 km/h.


In the course of the test the front airbags were released at the right time,
thus providing additional protection along with the seat belt, the number one
lifesaver in onboard safety equipment. The Sprinter chassis absorbed most
of the impact energy. The two crash test dummies on the front seats had
only minimal knee contact with the yielding surface of the instrument panel.
Neither the seats nor the seat consoles were substantially damaged by the
impact. In a real crash both the driver and front passenger would have
escaped with minor injuries.


As a result of the test DaimlerChrysler has authorised the use of front
airbags for the driver and the front passenger in campers based on either a
Sprinter cowl or platform chassis, provided that certified seats are used and
mounted in the proper position, as they were in the test.
Perfectly coordinated safety elements                                             Page 11


DaimlerChrysler development engineers required such an elaborate crash
test in order to study the interplay between the various safety components
installed in campers based on a van chassis. They discovered that optimal
passive safety is only ensured when all the various elements are perfectly
coordinated with one another  as is evidently the case with the series-
produced Sprinter. Both the use of predefined vehicle deformation to absorb
impact energy and the perfect interplay between seat belt, seat belt
tensioners, airbag and seat have been shown to enhance occupant safety.
In this respect the quality and the position of the seats and seat consoles
play a decisive role. Here camper manufacturers often use components
from supplier companies. Product requirements are demanding in this area,
particularly for swivel seats featuring an integrated three-point seat belt, as
is customary in integrated campers. If all the requisite specifications are
met, the use of airbags can be authorized here as well.
Exclusive Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition                                      Page 12

Safety training for Sprinter customers
 Mercedes-Benz is kicking off n Exclusive model: the Viano Marco
  Polo Limited Edition
 Free safety training with Sprinter-based campers


Next year’s camper season with two attractive offers: a Limited Edition of
the compact Viano Marco Polo camper, featuring exclusive equipment; and
a free safety course for every buyer of a camper based on the Mercedes-
Benz Sprinter.


Exclusive model: the Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition


Featuring a package of valuable equipment, the new Marco Polo Limited
Edition is guaranteed to appeal to buyers looking for a camper with an
exclusive touch. Alongside imposing 18-inch light-alloy wheels and chrome
casings for the mirrors, the special model is also painted in a gleaming coat
of metallic Cubanite Silver. The model designation ―Limited Edition‖
underlines the vehicle’s special character.


Inside, the compact camper boasts a range of exclusive equipment: the
cheeks of the front and rear seats are covered in grey leather, and the
actual seat and back with grey alcantara. In addition, the backrests are
decorated with the traditional ―compass rose‖ logo. Grey leather has also
been used for the door trim, and decorative elements in dark burr walnut
give the driver area an exclusive finish. The standard foot mats also feature
the ―compass rose‖ logo. The camper body has imitation wood laminate
flooring, which gives the camper the air of an elegant yacht.


The extensive range of equipment, which includes air conditioning in the
rear, the ―Comand‖ navigation system and an electric sliding door, is also
matched by the choice of engine. The ―Limited Edition‖ is exclusively
available in combination with a V6 CDI 3.0 diesel unit boasting an output of     Page 13
150 kW/204 hp and an automatic transmission, which offers outstanding
performance together with superb comfort and fuel efficiency.


Free safety training with Sprinter-based campers


Vito, Viano and Sprinter  the vans and MPVs from Mercedes-Benz all
boast outstanding safety technology. A safety training course helps make
drivers aware of such features, teaches them how to avoid critical situations,
and gives them a chance to test out the vehicle’s reactions and practice the
right responses in tricky moments. Anyone buying a Sprinter-based camper
at the Caravan Salon in Düsseldorf will receive a voucher for a free one-day
safety training course, irrespective of the brand of the actual camper body.
This offer by Mercedes-Benz marks another milestone in the company’s
campaign to improve road safety.
ESP® Trailer Stability Assist                                                       Page 14

for safe driving with a caravan
 Targeted braking to prevent trailer fishtailing
 Trailer immediately detected by ESP® Trailer Stability Assist when
   hitched to vehicle
 Provided as standard with trailer coupling


Lots of caravan owners know the feeling: a gust of wind, a sudden lane
change, or turbulence when emerging from the lee of another vehicle are
often enough to cause the trailer to start swinging from side to side. This
swaying motion, also known as fishtailing, immediately affects the balance
of the whole rig. If not corrected, it can rapidly reach a critical level and
cause the vehicle-trailer combination to veer out of control. Now, however,
the Viano and Vito feature ESP® Trailer Stability Assist, a system that
automatically applies the brakes in order to counteract dangerous fishtailing.


Targeted braking to prevent fishtailing


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist is a supplementary feature of the Electronic
Stability Programme (ESP®) and utilizes the same sensors. Using a sensor
to determine yaw rate, for example, the system detects any movement
about the vehicle’s vertical axis and then counteracts this by means of a
finely dosed application of the brakes. The system does not require any
further sensors fitted to the trailer or the trailer coupling.


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist works in the following way: as soon as
fishtailing is detected, the brakes are applied to the front wheels and engine
torque is reduced. In the event of successive interventions, the brakes are
applied for longer periods and with increasing power. This significantly
reduces vehicle speed, which in turn alerts the driver to the fishtailing trailer
and to the need to reduce speed.
Thanks to its sensitive mode of operation, ESP® Trailer Stability Assist is          Page 15
able to counteract fishtailing long before it reaches a critical level. By means
of a gentle application of the brakes to the front wheels, the system can in
many cases pre-empt the danger and thus substantially enhance both
safety and comfort. The ESP® warning light on the dashboard informs the
driver that TSA has been activated.


Trailer automatically detected by ESP® Trailer Stability Assist when
hitched to the vehicle


A trailer is detected by ESP® Trailer Stability Assist as soon as the electrical
connector plug is connected at the trailer coupling. The system functions
independently of the type of trailer and also functions perfectly with smaller
trailers.


In order to ensure proper functioning in the event of fishtailing, it is important
that the driver should maintain the steering wheel in the straight-ahead
position and not try to steer against the movement. This is because ESP®
Trailer Stability Assist – in exactly the same manner as ESP® – compares
the degree of turn at the steering wheel with the actual course followed by
the vehicle. If there is any deviation, the system intervenes in order to bring
the vehicle or vehicle-trailer combination back on course.


Naturally, ESP® Trailer Stability Assist can only achieve what is physically
possible and in no way relieves the driver of responsibility for controlling the
vehicle and trailer. If the rig is driven at excessive speeds, then the forces
generated may well surpass the capabilities of the system. By the same
token, ESP® Trailer Stability Assist is unable to counteract the bouncing
motion that results when a small trailer is driven too fast or to prevent an
overly high or badly laden trailer from tipping over.
Provided as standard with trailer coupling                                             Page 16


ESP® Trailer Stability Assist comes as standard in Viano und Vito models
fitted with a trailer set-up and coupling. In addition, it is a standard fitting for
all Viano and Vito models equipped with the 4MATIC all-wheel drive system.
Custom-designed camper van: The Mercedes-                                      Page 17

Benz Sprinter James Cook Westfalia
 Sprinter James Cook Westfalia: customised camper van
 Living area: comfortable, elegant and spacious
 Two variants and two design and equipment lines
 Onboard systems: innovative solutions, sophisticated technology
 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle: powerful, clean and safe


Mercedes-Benz is continuing the tradition of one of the most successful
camper vans on the market with the third generation of the James Cook,
which was presented for the first time at the 2006 Caravan Salon. The
perennially popular model and regular winner of the Camper Van of the
Year Award in Germany is, like its predecessor, a milestone in engineering
and manufacturing quality. The new James Cook hits the market with a full-
range model program that starts with the Classic and Compact body
variants, each of which has a different roof design. The program continues
with two design and equipment lines (Trend and Ambiente), as well as
numerous individualisation options. The James Cook appeals to a broad
range of customers who seek outstanding comfort and engineering in an
upscale recreational vehicle. The body extension work was performed by
the proven specialists at Westfalia Van Conversion.


James Cook: a customised camper van


The new Sprinter James Cook is based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter with
a wheelbase of 3,665 mm and a length of 5.91 metres. The platform that
ensures the camper van’s great flexibility is a modular system that includes
a bench seat/bed, a washroom and two different kitchens. The design of the
seating group, consisting of a bench seat and swivel front seats, largely
corresponds to that of the predecessor model. The division of the camper
van’s rear area also brings to mind the predecessor model, as the
washroom is located to the left and the kitchen to the right when facing the
front of the vehicle. The Sprinter James Cook therefore reinterprets the        Page 18
proven four-room concept used in the predecessor model, and also stands
out through the clear separation of the driver’s cabin, living area, kitchen
and bathroom.


At the same time, the characteristic details of the new model are completely
different. For example, there is room for a wardrobe behind the washroom
and space underneath for a storage area that can hold things like camping
furniture. The L-shaped kitchenette with a removable rear cabinet is
standard equipment in the Classic variant. This variable interior design also
allows the Sprinter James Cook to be equipped with an additional rear
entryway and a large rear storage area that is accessible from the outside.


Two roof variants available


James Cook customers can also choose between two roof variants. The
super-high roof from the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle results in
more than two metres of standing room in the Compact variant, and also
enables a large open storage area, which is located above the driver’s
cabin. The roof is completely clad on the inside.


The second roof from Westfalia Van Conversion — available in the Classic
variant — is a sandwich construction consisting of double-shelled glass-
reinforced plastic with an insulating layer in between. This elegant roof
blends in harmoniously with the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle, and
upon request can also be equipped with an integrated awning — just one of
the numerous innovations available with the Sprinter James Cook. The
awning is not only perfectly integrated in terms of appearance; it also has a
positive impact on vehicle aerodynamics and protects the camper van from
the effects of inclement weather.


Spacious loft bed in the James Cook Classic


The area underneath the high roof offers plenty of space for a large loft bed
measuring 240 x 150 cm, which is unusually spacious. A spring bed base             Page 19
made of plastic ensures relaxing sleep and good air flow underneath the
mattress. The bed is mounted on a free-moving rail system and can be
easily slid into the roof segment above the driver’s cabin during the day.


The side windows in the Sprinter James Cook have an outer glass pane and
an inner plastic pane. This high-quality glass/plastic combination not only
makes for a homogenous exterior appearance of the window lines but also
improves insulation.


Living area: comfortable, elegant and spacious


Another innovative feature in the Sprinter James Cook is the bench
seat/bed with its two contoured seats, headrests and three-point seat belts.
The patented bench seat/bed eliminates the need to make a compromise
between seating and lying comfort, as the entire bench can be folded
completely forward to create a double bed. It’s therefore easy to set up a
comfortable bed for two that comes with an innovative spring base — also a
first in the segment. The bed measures 200 x 130 cm.


Two tables, lots of storage space


Unlike the cushioning in conventional seating systems, the comfortably
shaped seat-bench upholstery in the new Sprinter James Cook offers
excellent support when the vehicle is in motion and remains comfortable
when it’s standing still. The dining table can be stowed away in the loft bed
unit in the Classic variant, or in the storage area above the front seats in the
Compact version. Like the predecessor model, the new Sprinter James
Cook also has a small table that folds out from the side panel if anyone
wants a snack during the drive. Storage compartments in the side panel are
for stowing drinks and other items, and there’s also a lockable cabinet
located in the console underneath the driver’s seat that can be used to store
valuables.
Other visual and functional highlights include the interior equipment and the       Page 20
elegant fronts in the kitchen and washroom, all of which create an
impression of spaciousness that’s reinforced by interior trim that extends
across the side panels to the windows and their blinds. It’s also no
coincidence that the floor in the new Sprinter James Cook reminds one of
the parquet usually found on a yacht.


Kitchen: functional and practical


The kitchen in the new James Cook is equipped with a high-performance
refrigerator with a compressor (62 litres volume) that includes a built-in three-
star freezer (13 litres). The kitchen also features a sink with a dish-drying
area and a two-burner gas cooker with piezo ignition. The sink and the
cooker are integrated into the kitchen worktop, which is made of robust
glass-reinforced plastic. The refrigerator was placed in the area connecting
the washroom and the seat bench in order to free up additional space for
floor cabinets.


The gas canister for the cooker is securely mounted in a floor cupboard,
where it can easily be reached. Depending on the model variant in
question, the area above the kitchen units contains either open shelves or
storage cabinets. The elegant cabinets, which are designed like airplane
compartments, have an innovative locking system, whereby the large
handle on the bottom edge also unlocks the unit.


Washroom: a fully equipped bathroom


The washroom in the new Sprinter James Cook Westfalia is really a fully
equipped bathroom that includes a sink, a shower (with a water heater) and a
cassette toilet. This elegant and functional washroom impresses with its
numerous storage compartments, a space-saving sliding door, and ventilation
via a hinged window and roof fan. The pull-out laundry dryer is a proven
feature from the predecessor model.
By contrast, the light strip next to the door is new. This lighting unit illuminates Page 21
both the interior of the washroom and the rear of the camper van. The toilet
cassette can be removed from the rear of the vehicle for emptying.
Onboard systems: innovative solutions, sophisticated technology                 Page 22


The developers of the new Sprinter James Cook took its sophisticated
onboard systems to even greater heights. The vehicle now includes for the
first time a fuel-powered hot water heating system with three heating
convectors that ensure even temperature distribution, and a low-noise
heating fan in the living area. Both the heating system and the boiler run on
diesel fuel from the main fuel tank, which means considerably more space
for storage, as less space is needed to store gas. Diesel fuel is also
available at nearly all filling stations.


The temperature can be set at different levels in the living area and the
washroom if so desired; the heating system is regulated by means of a
timer. Water pipes and electrical wiring are housed in an insulated area
beneath the floor of the van, and the boiler also heats a wastewater tank
located under the floor.


Emphasis on individuality


The two design and equipment lines — Trend and Ambiente — make
possible an individual differentiation above and beyond the basic Compact
and Classic models. Whereas the Trend line focuses on functionality, the
Ambiente line meets the needs of particularly demanding camper van
aficionados when it comes to appearance and equipment range.


The new Sprinter James Cook offers numerous options for individualisation.
A panorama roof ensures plenty of light and air, for example, and a power
door device makes for very quiet opening and closing of the sliding door. A
high-quality sound system provides excellent sound, and a satellite receiver
ensures that TV news can always be viewed in the van, regardless of its
location. Specialists at the Westfalia Van Conversion Customer Centre can
also help with further individualisation on request.
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter base vehicle: powerful, clean and safe                  Page 23


The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter offers the ideal platform for the James Cook,
as it sets standards in numerous areas. First of all, there’s the Sprinter’s
elegant and dynamic shape. Add to that the powerful yet economical CDI
diesel engines, with outputs ranging from 80 kW (109 hp) to 135 kW (184
hp). Power is transferred to the wheels via a standard six-speed manual
transmission with a joystick shift knob. A five-speed automatic transmission
is also available as an option.


The Sprinter’s chassis enhances both safety and comfort. The large wheels
provide space to accommodate large and stable disc brakes all round, and
all model variants come with the Adaptive ESP® Electronic Stability Program
package as standard. The package includes the ABS anti-locking system,
acceleration skid control (ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBD)
and the Brake Assist system (BAS). Also standard are driver and front
passenger airbags and the Isofix anchoring system for child safety seats on
the seat bench. Thorax sidebags for the driver and the front passenger are
available as an option.


User-friendliness is also a typical Sprinter feature, which is why the James
Cook comes as standard with the Sprinter’s comfortable multi-adjustable
driver’s seat. The seating position corresponds to that in a passenger car;
the freedom of movement, the logical arrangement of storage
compartments, the cockpit ergonomics and the improved rear view provided
by new side mirrors with adjustable wide-angle settings are all unmatched in
the camper van segment. The standard equipment package is rounded off
by power windows, remote-controlled central locking and a retractable
electrical step tread for the sliding door. Many other comfort and safety
features are also available as options.
30 years of the Mercedes-Benz James Cook:                                       Page 24

Milestones of a living legend
 First generation (1977): bathroom in a camper van causes a
sensation
 Actor Siegfried Rauch drives a James Cook
 Second generation (1995): new concept based on the Sprinter
 Third generation (2006): in a class by itself once again
 Some 6,500 James Cook camper vans built in 30 years


Never trust anyone over 30? The old adage from the 1960s certainly doesn’t
apply to the 30-year-old Mercedes-Benz James Cook. The vehicle’s
innovations over the years have paved the way for the latest generation of
the successful camper van, which is once again setting standards in its
segment. The new model is based on the experience gained from several
vehicle generations and thousands of manufactured camper vans. A
trendsetter in all of its variants, and selected numerous times as Camper
Van of the Year in Germany — the James Cook has long been a living
legend. It’s also always good for a surprise. Throughout its long career, the
James Cook and its former sister vehicles — the Marco Polo and the
Skipper — have consistently been at the cutting edge of camper van
developments. The following sections look at the major milestones in the
long and successful history of the James Cook.


First generation: bathroom in a camper van causes a sensation


The James Cook began writing camper van history as early as its first
generation — back in 1977, when it made its debut on the basis of the
Mercedes-Benz T1 (207 to 209 D) van, which was also new at the time. The
model was known internally as the ―Bremer‖ because it was built in the city
of Bremen. The vehicle caused a minor sensation due to its fully equipped
washroom consisting of a one-piece glass-reinforced module that included a
water boiler, a shower and a toilet. The first James Cook also carried large
water tanks to supply the washroom. While other vans allowed only for a         Page 25
cold-water wash in the sink, the James Cook was setting new standards in
comfort and onboard technology.


In effect, the James Cook launched a new class of camper vans for
demanding customers. With plenty of room underneath its high roof, and the
robust and practically indestructible construction design of its Mercedes-
Benz base vehicle and Westfalia camper van extensions, the first-
generation James Cook was the premier vehicle for nearly two decades in
the new segment it had launched.


Initially available in two versions


The James Cook was available in two versions at the beginning of its
illustrious career. ―Type I‖ featured a high roof from Westfalia and an
integrated loft bed. The centre of the van consisted of a seating group
containing two benches placed sideways. However, Westfalia also offered
the camper van with two compact seating groups placed next to one
another, each of which consisted of two single seats. The James Cook
―Type II‖ differed from the first variant through its standard high roof from
Mercedes-Benz. What both vehicles had in common, however, was the
division of the rear area to accommodate a kitchen and an adjacent
washroom.


Actor Siegfried Rauch drives a James Cook


The James Cook quickly gained an outstanding reputation, and it became
even more popular through the help of a well-known advertising partner:
actor Siegfried Rauch, whom Westfalia was able to obtain as a ambassador
for the camper van. The rapid success achieved by the James Cook led
Mercedes-Benz to introduce the Skipper model (1979 to 1982), which was
basically a simplified version of the James Cook, without a separate
bathroom or boiler. The Skipper came in two different lengths, and each
variant was equipped with the standard high roof from the base van.
The first Marco Polo — brother of the James Cook                                 Page 26


The Skipper was succeeded by the Marco Polo (1983 to 1987). This shorter
version of the James Cook was equipped with a kitchen in the rear, but had
no washroom. In the centre of the vehicle was an independent seating
group consisting of two benches arranged lengthwise.


Although the Skipper and the Marco Polo were both relatively short-lived,
the furnishing ideas used in the Marco Polo would soon be implemented in
the James Cook, which was given the Marco Polo’s seating group
arrangement in 1987. The rear of the James Cook now housed a spacious
L-shaped kitchen and a washroom on the left (when facing the front). The
latter was equipped with a shower and also had a wardrobe in front of its
entrance. This rear arrangement would return in a similar form two decades
later in the third-generation James Cook. In the meantime, the James Cook
stood out through its dynamically designed high roof and its extremely
functional interior equipment and facilities.


The long and successful career of the first-generation James Cook came to
an end with the release of the special-edition James Cook Classic. A total of
3,262 first-generation James Cook camper vans were produced — a very
impressive figure, given the fact that the model sold in the upper-range price
segment.


Second generation: new concept based on the Mercedes-Benz
Sprinter


The spring of 1995 marked a major turning point for the camper van sector,
as the second-generation Mercedes-Benz James Cook — based on the
new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van — ushered in a new era. The degree of
comfort and safety offered by the combination of base vehicle and camper
van extensions was well ahead of its time. The layout featuring the laterally
situated large bathroom in the rear provided a level of sanitary comfort
unprecedented for a camper van. The spacious corner kitchen was a
completely new development as well, and the vehicle also featured an            Page 27
intermediate floor for storing luggage, as well as the first-ever frost-proof
wastewater tank. The space-saving seating group consisted of a wide
bench and three swivel seats in the front (half-dinette).


There was an extra-wide bed in front, and the high roof projected out to the
side. Finally, the large living area in the James Cook again set the standard
in the camper van segment. Mercedes-Benz and its partner Westfalia Van
Conversion celebrated their camper van icon’s 25th birthday in the summer
of 2002 by releasing the attractive James Cook ―Silver Edition‖.


A short time later, the living area in the James Cook underwent a major
overhaul that included the introduction of new warm-coloured surfaces, a
new lighting concept and many other innovative details. In addition, a new
spring system for the loft bed resulted in sleeping comfort never before
experienced in a van. This high-quality model update gave the second-
generation James Cook a production lifespan of 11 years. During this time
the impressive number of 2,777 units of the undisputed leader of its market
segment were produced.


Third generation: in a class by itself once again


The third-generation James Cook — based on the all-new Mercedes-Benz
Sprinter — was launched in the late summer of 2006. The vehicle’s layout
successfully combined the benefits offered by the two previous generations,
and the new James Cook once again set standards with its interior and
exterior design. It was also once again in a class by itself in terms of
comfort, engineering and appearance. The new program consisting of two
models with differing roof designs recalls the early days of the James Cook
and its Skipper partner model.
Some 6,500 James Cook camper vans built in 30 years                            Page 28


Approximately 6,500 James Cook camper vans have rolled off the
production lines at Westfalia Van Conversion since the vehicle was
launched in the summer of 1977. The famous James Cook has behind it the
two manufacturers with the most extensive experience in their respective
sectors — DaimlerChrysler AG and Westfalia Van Conversion, a
DaimlerChrysler subsidiary. The James Cook base vehicle — the Sprinter
— has been the most successful van in its class for years now; some 1.5
million Sprinters can be found on the road around the world today. Westfalia
Van Conversion (Rheda-Wiedenbrück) invented the camper van and has
built nearly 600,000 recreational vehicles of all kinds during the last 50
years and more.
Mercedes-Benz Viano Marco Polo Westfalia:                                          Page 29

An extremely successful model
   Most-produced Mercedes camper van (over 9,000 units)
   Compact camper van for everyday use with substantial
    recreational value
   Innovative appointments, top-quality technology
   Exclusive Marco Polo Limited Edition model


The Viano Marco Polo Westfalia is an extremely successful compact
camper van from Mercedes-Benz. The Marco Polo has broken several
production records in succession since manufacturing commenced in spring
2004. The output of the current production series has, in fact, far exceeded
that of its predecessor, which was manufactured from 1996 on. All in all,
Mercedes-Benz and its vehicle body specialist Westfalia Van Conversion
have manufactured more than 9,000 Marco Polos.


The Marco Polo uses the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz Viano van as its
basis. Measuring just under five metres long and 1.9 metres wide, the Viano
Marco Polo is only slightly larger than a mid-range saloon. Although this
makes the vehicle perfectly suited to everyday use, the Marco Polo also
features a full range of interior furnishings that make it a versatile home from
home for weekends and holidays. The vehicle is now being offered with an
expanded range of optional equipment, including the Start Assistant for the
Viano 4Matic, an automatically dimmable rearview mirror, and the metallic
paints Obsidian Black and Cubanite Silver.


Versatile interior with state-of-the-art styling


Thanks to swivel seats, a joystick lever on the instrument panel and a
space-saving parking brake, the Viano Marco Polo provides free access
from the cab to the rear of the vehicle. The living area features a wardrobe
and a kitchenette, which are located next to each other on the left when
facing towards the front of the vehicle. The aluminium surfaces with            Page 30
imitation wood trim give the interior a contemporary look. The kitchenette
consists of a two-flame gas cooker, a sink, a drying surface, a 40-litre
compressor coolbox, as well as plenty of storage space, including drawers
and a cupboard at the bottom. Particularly eye-catching are the kitchen
cupboard’s convenient, space-saving aluminium-look roll-down covers.
Travellers can eat their meals at a table that folds snugly into the panel of
the sliding door when the vehicle is moving.


The centrepiece of the vehicle body is the easy-shift rail-mounted bench
with comfortably contoured individual seats. Unique features of the Viano
Marco Polo are the electrically adjustable seats and the pneumatically
adaptable cushions, both of which are offered as standard. Thanks to these
features, the bench can be transformed into a level sleeping surface at the
push of a button.


Roof bed with quality seal


As an option, two additional sleeping places can be provided underneath
the lift roof. The roof bed’s mattress is mounted on back-friendly, point-
elastic springs. Besides healthy comfort, the bed also provides ventilation
from underneath as a further benefit. The roof bed of the Viano Marco Polo
was the first such bed in a camper van to receive a quality seal from the
Aktion Gesunder Rücken e.V. (Healthy Back Action Group).


When the roof shell is lowered, the roof bed’s gaiter is automatically
retracted. As an option, customers can also order the Easy-up version, in
which an electrohydraulic system raises the roof within seconds. With a total
height of 1,960 mm when the roof is closed, the Viano Marco Polo Westfalia
is perfectly suited to everyday driving.


Onboard power and water supply


There are three 12V sockets and one 230V socket on board the camper van
for powering electrical appliances. When connected to an external 230V            Page 31
grid, the charging unit not only charges the standard-fitted auxiliary battery,
but also the vehicle’s engine battery. The water tanks are located inside the
vehicle to protect the water from freezing. The tanks can hold up to 36 l of
fresh water and 32 l of waste water.


Optional extras include an additional one-person seat and two-person
bench that allows the Viano Marco Polo to accommodate five or even six
people. Further options include a fuel-powered parking heater with a clock
timer, air conditioning for the rear passenger area (air conditioning is
provided as standard for the driver and the front passenger) and a bicycle
rack. In combination with a large selection of paintjobs and upholstery
materials, these features turn the Viano Marco Polo Westfalia into an
individualised, practical and versatile mobile home for holidays and
everyday use.


Viano: the dynamic basis of the Marco Polo


Rapid and economical travel is ensured by a range of powerful CDI diesel
engines, ranging from a four-cylinder with 80 kW (109 hp) to a V6 CDI with
150 kW (204 hp). Alternatively, customers can also chose a V6 gasoline
engine. Depending on the specific engine variant, power is transferred to
the rear drive axle by either a six-speed manual transmission or a five-
speed conversion transmission. The all-wheel drive Viano Marco Polo
4Matic meets the needs of customers who are looking for a high-traction
camper van for use on holidays or in everyday driving.


Exclusive Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition model


The Viano Marco Polo Limited Edition model will be celebrating its premiere
at the Caravan Salon 2007. Exclusive appointments include seat covers
combining grey and Alcantara leather, decorative wood flooring, and striking
18-inch light-alloy wheels with 245/40 R 18 tyres. Taken together, these
features create a top-class compact camper van.
Mercedes-Benz Viano/Viano Fun: An                                                Page 32

introduction to mobile recreation on four
wheels
 Numerous variants, extreme versatility
 Viano Fun: comfortable seating, optional lift roof
 Exemplary safety with ESP® trailer stability assist


Due to its large number of body, drive and equipment variants, the
Mercedes-Benz Viano offers everything anyone could want from a versatile
compact recreational vehicle. Whether as a Viano van or a Viano Fun
recreational vehicle, the Viano boasts excellent versatility, comfort and
engineering. Several interesting new features are now being offered for the
Viano as well, including the Start Assistant for the all-wheel drive variants,
and two new metallic paints (Obsidian Black and Cubanite Silver). In
addition, customers can now order dimmable rearview mirrors and powerful
sound systems as optional extras.


Numerous variants, extreme versatility


The Viano is an unusually diverse vehicle, as customers can choose
between three lengths, two different wheelbases and weight ratings, one or
two sliding doors, several engine variants, three design and equipment lines
(Trend, Ambiente and Fun), and up to eight differently configured seats.
Who can possibly offer more?


Several options are available for the variable seating in the Viano’s
passenger compartment. The individual seats and the two and three-person
benches are also available in vis-à-vis arrangements and as folding
benches for use as couches (Viano Fun). The individual seats are easy to
disassemble and feature integrated three-point safety belts, headrests and
armrests. All of the seats are rail-mounted to allow easy adjustment to the
desired position. And because the seats can also be moved forwards and
backwards, the interior can be quickly adapted to accommodate individual        Page 33
needs. In addition, the rails can also be used as mountings on which to
attach the table and the coolbox or as racks for securing cargo.


Equipment packages for every requirement


The ―Bike‖ equipment package transforms the Viano into a convenient
transport vehicle for bicycles. The ―Bike‖ package includes a rear-mounted
carrier for two bicycles (expandable to hold four bicycles) and a socket for
hooking up the carrier (a removable trailer coupling is available as an
option). Further packages such as ―Life‖ and ―Business‖ consist of a
combination of various optional extras. The ―Life‖ package, for example,
includes a second sliding door, a coolbox, a thermos flask and a luggage
net.


Viano Fun: Fold-down bench for use as a couch


The Viano Fun is another example of the Viano family’s great versatility.
The driver and the front passenger sit on individual seats while a bench
provides seating for up to three passengers in the rear. The long version of
the Viano Fun comes with an additional individual seat as standard, and a
fourth such seat is available as an option. These individual seats can either
face the front or be turned to face each other.


The seating arrangement can be quickly changed in line with the respective
transport situation. The bench, for example, can be adjusted in 2.5 cm steps
along its rail system. In addition, no tools are needed to remove the bench
in the Viano Fun to make room for bulky cargo. At the flick of a wrist, users
can also transform the bench into a comfortable couch. This couch has
been lengthened and now measures two metres as standard.


Spacious and comfortable seating arrangement


The compact Viano Fun comes with swivel seats in the front. And thanks to
a wall-mounted table and power-saving interior lighting, the vehicle’s interior    Page 34
can be transformed into a spacious and comfortable suite. The interior
appointments meet the expectations that amateur athletes, families and
businesspeople have with regard to a multi-purpose vehicle. The plastic
floor in the rear is just as durable and easy to clean as the seat covers and
the fully panelled walls. Standard-fitted appointments include cup holders,
rubbish bins, a fold-up shopping basket with mountings, 12V sockets, two
interior lamps, two special transistor auxiliary lamps, and two drawers
beneath the bench.


There is almost no limit to what you can do with the Viano Fun. As an
option, the long version is available with a lift roof that can be equipped with
a roof bed. As in the Marco Polo, this roof is also available with the
electrohydraulic ―Easy-up‖ system. There are numerous additional ways of
customising the vehicle, including an auxiliary hot-air heating system, a
coolbox and bicycle racks.


Powerful, fuel-efficient CDI diesel engines


The Viano is available with a range of different CDI diesel engines,
extending from a 85 kW (115 hp) drive unit all the way up to a 150 kW (204
hp) V6 cylinder in the Viano CDI 3.0. Alternatively, the vehicle is also
available with a powerful six-cylinder gasoline engine. Power transmission is
by means of a six-speed manual transmission. A five-speed automatic
transmission is available as an option, and is fitted as standard in all six-
cylinder engine versions.


Exemplary safety with ESP® Trailer Stability Assist


An alternative to rear-wheel drive is the permanent all-wheel drive of the
Viano 4Matic, which also improves traction and handling. The Viano 4Matic
and the Viano with a trailer coupling are now equipped with the ESP®
Trailer Stability Assist system as standard. The trailer stabilisation system is
an integral part of the Electronic Stabilisation Programme (ESP®). Insofar as
is physically possible, the ESP® trailer stabilisation system prevents     Page 35
caravans and other types of trailers from even beginning any potentially
dangerous swaying movements.
In this way, Mercedes-Benz is further improving the Viano’s already          Page 36
exemplary level of safety. All models are fitted with a powerful four-disc
braking system as standard. Safety is further enhanced by the new
generation of the Electronic Stability Programme (ESP®), which
incorporates the anti-lock braking system (ABS), acceleration skid control
(ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBV), and Brake Assist (BAS).
Sprinter and Co.:                                                                   Page 37

Base vehicles with class
 Sprinter: extremely versatile, powerful and safe
 Innovative low-frame chassis with independent suspension
 Viano/Vito: compact, comfortable, safe and dynamic
 Vario, Atego, Axor, Actros: platform for outstanding camper vans


Whether it’s a compact interior or spaciousness you want, a camper van,
alcove van, semi-integrated or fully integrated camper van — Mercedes-
Benz’ huge range of base vehicles can meet almost every need. The Viano
minivan and its Vito van counterpart are ideal as compact and particularly
practical camper vans, while the versatile Sprinter covers a broad spectrum
ranging from sophisticated panel van conversions to luxury camper vans.
Those who desire a high-class, custommised camper van can turn to the
large-scale Vario van, or the even larger and powerful Actros truck.


Sprinter: versatile programme


The current Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van series, which is number one in its
segment in Europe, is in its first full year of production in 2007. Its strengths
include not only comprehensive safety features and exceptional driving
comfort but also enormous versatility. The closed Sprinter variants are
available in three wheelbase versions, four lengths, and with a choice of
standard roof, high roof, or super-high roof. Customers can choose between
a Sprinter with cab, with a cab but without a rear bulkhead, or a platform
(cowl version) for integrated camper vans. With GVW ratings from 3.0 to 5.0
tonnes, the new Sprinter covers all the main weight segments in its class.


First-ever low-frame for vans with rear-wheel drive


Unusual vehicle bodies generally require special chassis. Camper vans in
particular benefit from the Sprinter’s very low frame, which is required for
extensions containing a double floor, or those with a low silhouette. It used    Page 38
to be impossible to combine such low frames with rear-wheel drive systems.
All this has changed, however, with the advent of the new low-frame chassis
for the Sprinter.


The unit, which was jointly developed by Mercedes-Benz and chassis
specialist AL-KO, is based on Mercedes-Benz’ pioneering rear axle with
independent suspension on semi-trailing arms with coil springs, and a track
that has been increased from 1,716 to 1,890 mm. This lowers the upper
edge of the frame by around 205 mm to just under 500 mm. The chassis is
available in a choice of three wheelbase versions of 3,600, 3,850 and 4,100
mm, and in gross vehicle weight ratings of 3.5, 3.88 and 4.2 tonnes. The
complete vehicle can be delivered ex-works from the Sprinter assembly
plant located in Ludwigsfelde near Berlin.


Extensive range of standard appointments, outstanding ergonomics
and stowage


The new Sprinter has a very extensive range of standard appointments. In
addition to many other details, all models now come with electric windows
and radio remote-control central locking, driver airbag, six-speed
transmission, wide-angle rear-view mirrors and Adaptive ESP®.


Extra longitudinal adjustment of the seat and added headroom provide great
freedom of movement and a feeling of spaciousness. The Sprinter also
features carefully crafted high-quality materials — a big plus for camper
vans especially, whose layout generally includes the cab as part of the living
area. The stowage concept provides for particular comfort here. For
example, the door compartments are big enough to accommodate a large
bottle, and there is a spacious stowage area in three segments on top of the
dashboard, as well as compartments above the windscreen for both the
driver and the passenger. Moreover, if the vehicle is equipped with air
conditioning, this can also be used to cool the glove compartment.
Superb lighting and visibility: bi-xenon headlamps now available for             Page 39
the first time


The standard H7 halogen headlamps in the Sprinter are impressive for their
high level of light efficiency. Sidelights are also integrated into the
headlamps, and optionally available bi-xenon headlamps introduce a new
dimension in headlamp technology for camper vans. These headlamps also
feature the Add-Light system and cornering light functions, both of which are
a first for a van in the Sprinter’s class.


New exterior mirrors both left and right feature integrated and adjustable
wide-angle auxiliary mirrors for good rear visibility, and therefore enhanced
safety. This is especially important in conjunction with wide van extensions.
Side indicator repeaters are also built into the casing of the mirrors for
maximum visibility.


High-tech diesel engines: powerful and clean


The basic diesel engine for the Sprinter is a 2.2-litre, four-cylinder CDI
turbodiesel available in four output ratings, ranging from 65 kW (88 hp) to
110 kW (150 hp). The top-of-the range diesel engine is a 3.0-litre V6 CDI
unit delivering 135 kW (184 hp) and a maximum torque of 400 Nm. All the
diesel engines meet the Euro 4 or EU 4/III emission limits and are fitted with
a particulate filter as standard. What’s more, they need an oil change only
after 40,000 kilometres — the equivalent of once around the world.


A new dimension in performance is brought about by a 3.5-litre V6 petrol
engine that boasts an output of 190 kW (258 hp) and thus sets a new
standard. This high-tech unit not only delivers effortless performance but is
also exceptionally smooth-running. Power transfer is handled by a five-
speed automatic transmission. This is also available as an option with any
of the other diesel engines, which are otherwise fitted with a six-speed
manual transmission as standard.
Innovative chassis, Adaptive ESP® as standard                                  Page 40


The Sprinter’s chassis is the perfect fit for the model series’ powerful
engines. Its rear-wheel drive and very high traction are ideal for camper
vans, and the vehicle’s suspension, dampening and chassis stabilisers are
specifically tailored to the needs of camper vans.


All models, including the chassis versions, are fitted as standard with the
latest generation of the ESP® Electronic Stability Program (Adaptive ESP®).
Along with the usual ESP parameters, Adaptive ESP® also features Load
Adaptive Control, which determines the vehicle’s mass and centre of
gravity, thereby enabling the system to automatically adjust to different
weight loads and weight distributions.


The ESP® also includes the ABS anti-locking system, acceleration skid
control (ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), and the Brake
Assist system (BAS). All Sprinter models roll off the line on 16-inch wheels
as standard, which can accommodate large brake discs and a durable
braking system that also sets standards in the segment.


New: airbags for integrated camper vans


The standard safety package for the Sprinter includes a driver airbag; a
front passenger airbag, thorax bags and windowbags are available as
options. In the future, it will also be possible to order a Sprinter with a
podium chassis (cowl version) that includes airbags for the driver and front
passenger, provided a predefined combination of front seats and safety
belts is selected. A crash test undertaken to check the performance of this
arrangement was very successfully completed recently, and integrated
camper vans are therefore now set to achieve a new level of passive safety.
Viano/Vito: compact, comfortable, safe and dynamic                             Page 41


The Mercedes-Benz Viano minivan and its Vito van counterpart can be
converted into compact camper vans and recreational vehicles. The focus
here is on practicality and suitability for everyday use. Two wheelbase
versions and three body lengths, along with two height and GVW classes,
enable customers to tailor the base vehicles to their camping and
recreational needs.


Rear-wheel drive is the norm for the Viano and Vito segments, as it ensures
outstanding driving dynamics, superior handling, and good traction,
regardless of payload. The sophisticated chassis in the Viano and Vito also
sets them apart from most of the competition. The rear axle features a
complex independent suspension with semi-trailing arms and coil springs.
Air suspension is also optionally available in the Viano. Finally, those who
place high priority on traction can order permanent four-wheel drive from
Mercedes-Benz as an option.


Adaptive ESP® as standard


Like the Sprinter, both the Viano and Vito come with a comprehensive range
of safety systems as standard. For example, all model variants are
equipped with the latest generation of the Electronic Stability Program
(ESP®). Along with the usual ESP parameters, the Adaptive ESP® system
also features Load Adaptive Control, which determines the vehicle’s mass
and centre of gravity and then makes necessary adjustments in line with the
given payload situation.


Adaptive ESP® also includes the ABS anti-locking system, acceleration skid
control (ASR), electronic brake force distribution (EBD), and the Brake
Assist system (BAS). The 16-inch wheels on the Viano und Vito are
necessary to accommodate large brake discs and a durable high-
performance braking system.
Piezo injectors make engines more powerful and economical                       Page 42


Diesel injection in modern CDI engines with common-rail technology is now
even more efficient, thanks to piezo injectors. That’s because the response
time of piezo elements is only about a third of the response time of
solenoids. This makes for more rapid and precisely controlled injections,
which in turn have a positive effect on power output, fuel economy, exhaust
gas emissions, and smoothness.


The programme of 2.2-litre, four-cylinder CDI engines ranges from the Vito
109 CDI with an output of 70 kW (95 hp) to the Viano CDI 2.0/Vito 111 CDI
(85 kW/116 hp) and the Viano CDI 2.2/Vito 115 CDI (110 kW/150 hp).


The Viano 3.0 CDI and Vito 120 CDI are already equipped with piezo
injection technology. Their V6 diesel engine with 3.0-litre displacement
achieves new record values in its class with an output of 150 kW (204 hp)
and maximum torque of 440 Nm at 1,800 rpm–2,400 rpm. This — the only
six-cylinder diesel engine in this vehicle segment — also sets new
standards in terms of smoothness.


Viano with particulate filter as standard


The CDI diesel engines for the Viano and Vito are also clean, as all of them
meet the EU 4/III emission limits. Beginning in September 2007, all Vito
model variants will also be equipped with a closed diesel particulate filter
system as standard.


Power transfer is handled by a standard six-speed manual transmission,
and a five-speed automatic transmission is also available as an option. The
latter transmission is part of the power transfer package offered as standard
with the six-cylinder CDI engine, however, and is also included when
customers select a Viano or Vito with a six-cylinder petrol engine, which
also sets these models apart from other vehicles in their class. This petrol
engine delivers high power output with extraordinary smoothness.
Cockpit enhanced with new instruments                                          Page 43


For model year 2007, the driver’s area of the Vito and Viano was upgraded
to include a new instrument cluster in two variants. In each case, these are
based on large and clear dial-type instruments for the display of speed and
rpm. Depending on the equipment variant, an LCD display or two pixel-
matrix displays are mounted in the instrument panel. These provide
information on mileage, coolant temperature, time, and fuel level (matrix
instrument: separate display for fuel reserve).


The luxury appointments in the Viano and Vito go well beyond the norm and
include radio remote-control central locking, electric windows, a height-
adjustable driver’s seat, and an adjustable steering wheel. All of this and
more is part of the standard equipment package. The Viano and Vito come
with different airbag configurations depending on the model variant in
question, whereby the driver airbag is standard equipment for all vehicles,
as is a front passenger airbag in the Viano and Vito crewbus.


Vario: robust and indestructible


The Vario — the classic model among large vans — is virtually
indestructible. With GVW ranging from 6.0 to 7.5 tonnes, the Vario has
already established an almost legendary reputation as a robust base vehicle
for luxury-class camper vans. The current generation of the Vario features
engines which have undergone comprehensive further development.


SCR technology: clean and economical


Like all engines in heavy-duty Mercedes-Benz vehicles, the BlueTec
engines available for the Vario utilise selective catalytic reduction (SCR)
technology. Efforts here have focused on a further reduction of raw
emissions with a clear emphasis on combustion that leads to the lowest
level of particulate emissions possible, while also reducing fuel
consumption. Thanks to the high efficiency of the combustion process, a
particulate filter is not necessary here. Nitrogen oxides are converted to     Page 44
harmless nitrogen and water vapour with the help of an after-treatment
system based on the SCR principle, which involves the addition of the
aqueous carbamide solution (trade name AdBlue) in a catalytic converter.


SCR vehicles fill up with AdBlue using a filler neck. The tank volume is
sufficient to ensure that the AdBlue reserve won’t need to be filled again
until approximately three tanks of diesel have been consumed. Ad-Blue is
available at numerous filling stations throughout Europe
(www.findAdBlue.com) and can also be carried on board the vehicle in a
canister.


The powerful and economical BlueTec diesel engines for the Mercedes-
Benz Vario have four cylinders and 4.25 litres of displacement. They are
available in three performance categories: 95 kW (129 hp) with 500 Nm
torque, 115 kW (156 hp) with 610 Nm torque, and 130 kW (177 hp) with 675
Nm torque. Power is transferred to the wheels by means of a six-speed
manual transmission. As an alternative for more luxurious camper vans, a
five-speed automatic transmission with lock-up clutch is recommended. This
transmission is also available for all engines.


Atego: modern, powerful, and easy to operate


The Atego is available with GVW between 6.5 and 16 tonnes. Its powerful
four and six-cylinder engines deliver outputs ranging from 95 kW (129 hp) to
210 kW (286 hp). Depending on the model variant, the vehicle will be
equipped with a manual transmission with either six or nine gears. As an
alternative, the Telligent automatic gearshift system can be specified for
more comfort-oriented travel.


Those who wish to own such a luxurious motor home, but who hold an old
class 3 or the current C1 class licence, and are therefore not permitted to
drive a vehicle above 7.49 tonnes GVW, can order an Atego with the OM
914 LA four-cylinder engine. This weight-optimised yet powerful unit has a
displacement of 4.8 litres, an output of 160 kW (218 hp), and maximum           Page 45
torque of 810 Nm.


Axor, Actros: solid basis for ultra-high-class camper vans


The heavy-duty Axor and Actros trucks enable Mercedes-Benz to provide a
solid foundation for custom-made, extra-large, ultra-high-class camper vans.
With two axles and GVW of 18 tonnes, there’s even enough room to park a
runabout car in the back. Extremely powerful engines that meet the Euro 4
and Euro 5 emission limits deliver 175 kW (238 hp) and 315 kW (428 hp) for
the Axor, and an astonishing 440 kW (598 hp) in the Actros.


Transmissions equipped with either six, nine, 12 or even 16 gears transfer
up to 2,800 Nm of torque to the rear axle. The transmissions are available in
manual, semi-automatic, or fully automatic versions. Optional air suspension
and the Telligent braking system with all-round disc brakes are safe, state-
of-the-art systems that can handle even the biggest payloads. And with
driver assistance systems such as Telligent proximity control and the
Telligent lane assistant, Mercedes-Benz has brought safety in heavy-duty
trucks to a new level.

								
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