Anyone who has ever been in London will be familiar with the London cabs. The black taxis with their radiator grilles and high roofs are as much a part of London as Big Ben, the Thames or Westminster Abbey. These vehicles impart a gloriously nostalgic feeling. But in the hectic hustle and bustle of a modern-day major city, the London cabs sometimes come up against their limits. Since 2008, the London cab has thus received support from the Vito Taxi. A new version based on the new Vito was recently introduced.
Multi-lane traffic circles, left-hand traffic and plenty of disoriented tourists – making safe headway on the British capital's busy roads is taxing on driver and vehicle alike. A survey of taxi drivers was conducted to find out what vehicle attributes are particularly important in their daily business. The upshot was a van that ticks all the right boxes for flexibility and safety: in contrast to the cramped London cab, the Vito taxi offers a comfortable and spacious interior with room for up to six passengers. Barrier-free entry, electrically operated sliding doors on either side and extending electric steps on the left and right provide for pleasant boarding and exiting. With an emphasis on safety, the new Vito taxi is equipped with numerous assistance systems. So-called ATTENTION ASSIST features as standard, for example,warning the driver when they display signs of fatigue and a lack of attentiveness. Additional assistance systems, such as Blind Spot Assist or Active Parking Assist, are optionally available. Air conditioning and the engine start/stop system provide for a pleasant driving experience.
Like its predecessor, the new Vito taxi has been specially converted to qualify for use as a taxi in the English capital. Thanks to a specially designed steerable rear axle, it meets the requirement for a maximum turning circle of 25 feet – corresponding to 7.62 meters.Mercedes-Benz is only the second automobile manufacturer to obtain the much sought-after approval for use of one of its vehicles as a taxi in London. In addition to the specially converted variant for London, there is also a "National Taxi" version of the Vito taxi without rear-axle steering, for use in the regions outside of London. So roll on the next sightseeing trip - this brings us to the end of our little outing. Next stop: Piccadilly Circus.