26. 08. 2019 08:08

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Merc to ‘persist’ in small van sector and will add an electric version

Mercedes-Benz says the successor of its Citan small van will include a full-electric version.

The van will again be designed and produced in co-operation with Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, a collaboration started nine years ago.

Launched in 2012, the current Citan is based on the Renault Kangoo, but only available in diesel or petrol.

Outgoing Citan is the smallest city van in Mercedes-Benz' line-up

In a short statement, Mercedes-Benz says it will “continue its engagement in the small van segment persistently.”

Targeting the highly-price competitive small city van sector, Mercedes-Benz says the current Citan ‘is a small van with compact dimensions and a large load compartment, ideal for the wide range of challenges encountered in the city.’

"The new Citan will undergo a comprehensive new development and clearly be recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz at first glance,” says Marcus Breitschwerdt, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

“We will provide for a distinctive brand-adequate identity in the successor of our small van.”

The brief statement gives no indication of timescales, technical details or pricing.

The current Citan struggles with low sales in the UK, due to its higher price compared with competitors in a very price-sensitive market.

With growing demand for small electric vans - driven in part by London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) - an EV version of the next generation Citan could be well-placed to increase its market share.

The alliance has already delivered an electric van - the Nissan e-NV200 - which has won orders from large fleet users including British Gas.

 

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