Seite 1 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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