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March 6, 2015
By Mario Cywinski

MERCEDES-BENZ LAUNCHES METRIS AT WORK TRUCK SHOW
Mercedes-Benz officially launched its mid-size commercial van at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, Indiana. Available in Canada October 2015, the Metris was unveiled in concept form at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada last fall in four variants.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
“The Mercedes-Benz Vans business has experienced double digit growth in Canada over the last few years. The Sprinter’s success story is a clear indication that Canadians have embraced the Mercedes-Benz know-how that can be attributed to over 120 years of experience in the commercial vehicle sector,” said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO, Mercedes-Benz Canada. “It is therefore a most timely and natural progression for Mercedes-Benz Canada and our dealer network to now expand our successful vans business in Canada with the addition of the Mercedes-Benz Metris.”

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Sold as the Vito in all global markets, the vehicle has been available in other markets since the 1996 model year; however, with the arrival of Metris it will be sold in North America for the first time. Mercedes has had success with Sprinter in North America, and with the growth of the mid-size van segment in recent years and new entries from Ram, Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford, to name a few; Mercedes has decided the time is right to bring the Metris to market.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
“The Metris will be following in the footsteps of the Sprinter as the second model offered by Mercedes-Benz Vans in Canada,” said Pablo de la Peña, Vice-President Mercedes-Benz Vans division in Canada. We are looking forward to setting new benchmarks in the mid-size commercial van segment by means of the Metris’ unmatched combination of cargo capacity, payload and efficiency.”

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Metris will be powered by a four-cylinder turbocharged engine offering 208 horsepower and 258 foot/pounds of torque matched to a seven-speed automatic transmission. The rear-wheel drive vehicle will come with an optional ECO start/stop feature that turns the engine off and on.

Metris will be sold and serviced at all Mercedes-Benz dealers in Canada at the time of its launch. It will also come with a service interval of up to 25,000 kilometres.

2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris
2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris.
Metris has many safety aspects incorporated. The cargo van will come with six air bags and the passenger version will come with eight air bags. Standard across the model line will be attention assist, crosswind assist, and load-adaptive ESP. Optional features will include: active parking assist, lane keeping assist, Parktronic, collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, and a rear-view camera.

The four concept vans displayed in Las Vegas las year were: RENNtech: Party/DJ Van, HQ Custom Design: Luxury Van, RADO: Fire Chief Concept Truck, and Garmin: Mobile Golf Pro Shop.






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