MacGyver partners with Mercedes-Benz to promote the new Citan

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 16, 2012

Who doesn’t miss seeing MacGyver’s Richard Dean Anderson back on television? We have Mercedes-Benz to thank for that. The German automaker is set to release an advertising campaign, which includes three all-new episodes that will start to be aired on September 18 online. MacGyver will be acquiring a new gadget – the Mercedes-Benz’s new Citan minivan.

Putting the non-violent action hero together with a minivan may be surprising at first but what they have in common is that they’re both crafty and resourceful. Next month, the Citan will make its debut at the IAA International Commercial Vehicle Show. It will be arriving next month in various iterations.

The Citan will be offered in any of three lengths/styles -- a panel van (similar to the Ford Transit Connect), a Mixto (which could accommodate a minimum of five people and has adequate room in the back), or a Crewbus that has to have three rows of seats at least. Those vans are offered with one of three diesel engines, with power that varies from 74 hp to 109 hp, or a supercharged gasoline engine that delivers 113 hp.

The power isn’t that impressive but wait until you hear about its fuel economy. It could offer as high as 54.7 mpg on the EU combined cycle. Its other features include an adaptive traction control program that considers the van’s passenger/cargo load into account when reaching decisions.

Enthusiasts in Europe may detect a resemblance. The Citan is the first Mercedes-Benz vehicle to roll out of its partnership with Renault-Nissan. The Citan is based on the very successful Renault Kangoo. Kangoo’s assembly line in Maubeuge, France, will be building the Citan.

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