Mercedes-Benz Vans secures sixth What Van? award

16th December 2015

Mercedes-Benz Vans secures sixth What Van? award

Mercedes-Benz Vans has been honoured for an unprecedented sixth year in a row, with the award of the 2015 What Van? Award for Safety.

Secured by the manufacturer's newly-launched Vito model, the accolade is a prestigious title and reflects the company's vision of delivering market-leading safety standards for its vehicles.

What Van? editor Paul Barker stated: "The consistent focus on vehicle safety and occupant protection has seen Mercedes-Benz retain its industry-leading position.

"We're proud to reward Mercedes-Benz for its pioneering approach that is an example to the rest of the industry."

Standout features of the new Vito that helped the model secure this year's What Van? title include window airbags and thorax/pelvis sidebags in the front of the vehicle, as well as the marque's Crosswind Assist, Adaptive ESP and Attention Assist technologies, which are all fitted as standard.

In addition, the vehicle secured a coveted five-star Euro NCAP safety rating in testing earlier this year.

Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans, concluded: "We are incredibly proud of our safety legacy – we were the first manufacturer to put airbags in our vans as standard since 2000, and have continued to innovate ever since."

He added that since the launch of What Van's coveted Award for Safety in 2009, Mercedes-Benz Vans has won the title every year – a record that the company is rightly proud of and will look to extend in 2016.