Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Graham's New Mercedes-Benz Citan Is a Cut above the Rest; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Graham's New Mercedes-Benz Citan Is a Cut above the Rest; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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GRAHAM Reynolds attended the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz Citan by North East dealer Bell Truck and Van because he wanted to find out more about the smallest van yet to wear a three-pointed star.

Now the transport manager for Ponteland-based catering butcher R Manners & Sons can put the new urban hero to the test himself, after winning the free use of a fuelefficient Mercedes-Benz Citan 109 CDI BlueEfficiency for a month.

Mr Reynolds won the prize by scooping the biggest 'cash' return in a series of fun casino games at Bell's launch event, which was held at the Hilton Gateshead and attended by more than 100 other local van operators.

The Citan marks the entry of Mercedes-Benz into the small van market. Packed with clever features, it is powered by a fuel-efficient diesel engine which is offered with 75hp, 90hp and 110hp power outputs, or a 114hp petrol unit.

Panel van versions are available in three lengths - compact, long and extra-long. The Citan Traveliner is based on the long wheelbase and has a folding rear bench seat, allowing it to carry the driver and up to four passengers. The Citan Dualiner, meanwhile, has the same seating configuration but, because it is based on the extra-long format, also offers a practical cargo space.

Guests at Bell Truck and Van's launch evening heard Mercedes-Benz UK van sales and marketing director Steve Bridge introduce the new model. They also enjoyed a gourmet meal and the opportunity to play roulette, blackjack and other games using special fake banknotes to buy their gambling chips.

Mr Reynolds recalled: "As the evening drew to a close the croupier at the roulette table was taking bets for the last spin of the evening. So I just stuck the lot on a random number, and to my great surprise I won!

"The Citan's mpg figures are certainly attractive and I'm really looking forward to seeing how it performs. …

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