Edinburgh cabbie Nick Adam has become the first customer in Britain for the all-new, cleaner, ‘greener’ Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi.
A worthy successor to the vehicle that took the industry by storm, the new taxi features advanced, low-emission Euro 6 engine technology and is impressively fuel-efficient. It also offers unrivalled levels of space and refined comfort for the driver and up to six passengers, as well as being fully wheelchair accessible.
Mr Adam collected his third successive Vito Taxi from the Welham Green, Hertfordshire headquarters of Dealer S & B Commercials, the sole UK retail outlet for the ground-breaking model.
A real head-turner with its stylish lines and metallic paint, the Compact-bodied 114cdi has an optional seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic gearbox which transmits the engine’s 114 hp output through the rear wheels. The National Vito Taxi is also available in front wheel-drive form, as the 109cdi with 88 hp powerplant.
Standard equipment includes fuel-saving BlueEFFICIENCY measures, air conditioning for driver and passengers, electric folding mirrors, electrically-operated sliding doors on both sides and an electric near-side step.
Mr Adam took advantage of competitive funding from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services to acquire his new vehicle. “I came out of a traditional black cab when I bought my first, Euro 4 Vito Taxi back in 2010,” he recalled. “I ran it for four-and-a-half years, during which I covered some 360,000 trouble-free miles, before switching to a Euro 5 model.
“That was excellent too, but with this latest taxi Mercedes-Benz has raised the bar by another notch. On the evidence of what I’ve seen so far, I reckon I’m going to save between £5 and £10 per shift in fuel costs.
“My new vehicle is built to an exceptionally high standard and fully supported by Mercedes-Benz, while S & B’s Sales Consultant Stuart Atkinson really understands the taxi trade and provides a first class service.”
The Vito Taxi comes with a three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty and MobiloVan cover, which includes free, round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance. Like Mr Adam’s previous models, his latest Vito will be maintained by the local Mercedes-Benz Dealer.
He continued: “My taxi is my office throughout the working day, so it’s important to me that it should be as comfortable as possible. The Vito is miles ahead of the competition in this respect.
“That was also the opinion of my father Jim – taxis were his life and I never thought I’d get him out of the iconic London-style cab. He was hugely impressed with the new
Mercedes-Benz, though, so we shared the Euro 4 Vito before he passed away.
“Customers love this vehicle too,” added Mr Adam. “They like to feel they’re being looked after and I’m always being complimented by passengers on the ride quality and comfort of my cab.”
The original Vito Taxi was launched in 2008. Following its appointment as the sole sales franchise S & B Commercials sold its first example early in 2015. Since then, Stuart Atkinson and his colleague Hayden Williams have enjoyed considerable success in supplying vehicles to cabbies throughout the UK.
“We provide a highly personalised service,” said Stuart. “Customers are kept fully informed throughout the production process, and we go through everything in fine detail at the point of handover so they know how to get the very best performance and economy from their new taxi.
“We’ll also liaise with local Dealers to help customers set up flexible, cost-effective service plans, and because we appreciate that a day off the road is a day’s lost wages, Hayden and I are always available to assist with any issues that may crop up thereafter.”
A London variant of the new taxi will be launched in the coming weeks. Only available with the more powerful 114 hp engine and the 7G-Tronic automatic transmission, it will be fitted with an additional, electric off-side step and an updated version of the innovative steering rear axle employed previously. This allows the taxi to meet the famous 25ft turning circle rule prescribed by the Public Carriage Office, so it can execute a U-turn in the capital’s congested streets.
Power of Scotland: Nick Adam and his low-emission Mercedes-Benz Vito Taxi, alongside the Forth Bridge near Edinburgh