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Mercedes-Benz at the CV Show 2011

Saving the planet need not cost the Earth – that’s the message Mercedes-Benz will be taking to the CV Show 2011, as it demonstrates yet again its determination to produce cleaner and more economical commercial vehicles.
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Visitors to the NEC event (April 12-14) will be able to see at first hand the remarkable Mercedes-Benz Vito E-CELL, a vehicle that offers a tantalising glimpse of an emissions-free future.

The world’s first battery-powered van to be built on line at a mainstream production facility, the whisper-quiet Vito E-CELL will be presented at the NEC in complete form and as a stripped down chassis, so the ground-breaking electric driveline can be viewed in close detail.

Still on the ‘green’ theme, Mercedes-Benz is also exhibiting a Euro 5-engined 113CDI from the recently launched Vito range in eco-friendly BlueEFFICIENCY trim, and a natural gas-powered Sprinter 316 NGT with factory-fitted dropside bodywork that emits practically no particulate emissions and has an exceptionally low carbon footprint when run on liquid biomethane produced from organic waste.

Meanwhile, the Mercedes-Benz Trucks division is showing a 2443LS 6×2 tractor unit with small-wheeled mid-lift axle and low-roofed sleeper cab, from the new Axor range, which is just starting to reach Britain’s roads.

Like its smaller sibling the new Mercedes-Benz Atego – the reigning International Truck of the Year – the Axor range of distribution and construction rigids, and distribution tractor units, has undergone a significant makeover.

Both Axor and Atego have received a fresh new ‘face’ which incorporates the bold grille treatment already seen on premium specification Actros tractor units and rigids, as well as a host of new and improved in-cab features.