Daimler is investing EUR190 million in Mercedes Vitoria site

Article by Anita Panait, on January 18, 2014

Daimler AG is investing around EUR190 million on Mercedes-Benz’s Vitoria facility in Spain to prepare for the production of the new generation of medium-size vans that will commence this year.  The investment will mainly cover the modernization and reorganization of the site’s body shop, paint shop, and assembly units.

The investment will also be sued to optimize the site’s logistics. The Vitoria site currently employs over 3,100 people. “With the investment of approximately EUR190 million, we are strengthening our Vitoria facility and making it fit for the future,” Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, said.

He added that the investment emphasizes the importance of the second-largest van plant in the company’s global production network.

Daimler has been building the Mercedes-Benz Viano and Vito at the Vitoria site since 2003. The Viano is a premium full-size MPV targeted at private customers while the Vito is aimed at commercial customers.

Rainer Ruess, Head of Production at Mercedes-Benz Vans, remarked that the Vitoria site is the only auto manufacturer in the Basque region, adding that its “3,100 employees make it one of the biggest industrial companies in the region.”

The Vitoria site is located in the heart of the Basque region and was built in the early 1950s. It produces around 75,000 vans annually.

The next generation of the Mercedes-Benz Vito could be availed with lighting units that include Bi-xenon headlamps, daytime driving lights employing LED units and a headlamp washer system as well as cornering lights and an Add-Light system. Controlled through the indicator lever, the cornering light is active up to a speed of 70 km/ while the Add-Light system is operative -- depending on the steering angle -- at speeds of between 40 km/h and 70 km/h.

Mercedes is providing the latest generation of the Vito with a redesigned front bumper with a honeycomb look. This bumper features a hard-wearing grained surface, thereby underscoring the Vito's robust nature. Customers could have the redesigned bumper wrapped in the same color finish as the exterior color of the Vito.

A number of tweaks are also apparent between the headlamps and the rear end of the new Vito. For instance, the new fully galvanized steel wings are produced to optimal accuracy, helping ensure that the Vito has exact gap dimensions. The new Vito is also provided with newly designed exterior mirrors offering larger field of vision, although their housings are smaller than before.

The new Mercedes Vito could now be finished in a wide array of available colors. In fact, Mercedes has made available modern new finishes to complement the exterior tweaks made on the Vito.

Just like before, the new Mercedes Vito is offered in three different body lengths. The Vito compact measures 4,763 mm in length with a wheelbase of 3,200 mm. The Vito measures 5,008 mm in length, and has the same wheelbase as the Vito compact, its overhands are extended. Meanwhile, the Vito extra-long has length of 5,238 mm, a wheelbase of 3,430 mm and extended overhangs.

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