Both the new Renault Kangoo and the Mercedes-Benz Citan have been named ‘International Van of the Year 2022’ (IVOTY). The commercial vehicles are praised by the international jury for their efficiency, safety, durability and environmental standards.
Already hit four times
Of the fourteen nominated commercial vehicles from eleven different brands, the jury is most impressed by the new generation Renault Kangoo and Mercedes-Benz Citan. Both commercial vehicles use the same platform and share a lot of technology. It is the fourth time that Renault has received this award. Previously, the Master (1998), Trafic (2002) and Kangoo ZE (2012) received the same award. The same goes for Mercedes-Benz, where they received awards for the Vito (1995 and 2005) and Sprinter (1995).
Due to a number of ingenious features that have been applied to the Kangoo and Citan, they become a very practical commercial vehicle despite their compact appearance. For example, they both have the 1.45 meter large loading opening, making them the largest in their class. The ‘Easy Rack System’ is also praised. This allows long objects to be transported high in the cargo space by means of an extendable rack. The loading volume is also the best in its class at 3.9 m³, so you can store two Euro pallets in it. In the three-seat configuration, the center backrest can be folded down to transform the cab into a mobile office. Useful!
Packed with electronics
In addition, the light commercial vehicles are equipped with 12 driver assistance systems, including Permanent Rear View Assist, Active Emergency Braking and Lane Keeping Assist. The technological features include the Renault EASY LINK multimedia system, smartphone docking station, 15W wireless charger, two USB and two 12V connections. Mercedes-Benz uses its own multimedia system called MBUX, where personalization plays a major role.
Million dollar investment
The Citan and the Kangoo are made at the Maubeuge plant in northern France and have been used for the production of Renaults since 1997. To guarantee the quality of Renault and the vehicles of its partner brands Mercedes-Benz and Nissan, 450 million has been invested to modernize the plant. Certain parts and assembly lines have been made more efficient. A new workshop has also been set up for the electric variants that will be on the market in a few months.
The Renault Kangoo is available in the Netherlands from €16,790. The Mercedes-Benz Citan from €16,225.