In the euro van­guard

The Ger­mans team up with France’s Re­nault on the lean-run­ning Ci­tan

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al­ter­na­tor and stop-start tech­nol­ogy that kills the engine at idle to save fuel.

A clever sys­tem re­cov­ers some brak­ing en­ergy to re­duce the amount of time the al­ter­na­tor needs to run in or­der to top up the bat­tery.

Mercedes has in­tro­duced low rolling re­sis­tance tyres on some mod­els to drive down the con­sump­tion. The com­pany re­vealed the best ef­fi­ciency fig­ure of its new Ci­tan in ad­vance of its com­ing out at the Han­nover Truck Show later this month.

The new van has been con­firmed for Aus­tralian sale, al­though it is not yet clear which engine op­tions will be avail­able for the lo­cal mod­els.

A diesel and a petrol unit are avail­able in Europe. There are three dif­fer­ent out­put op­tions for the 1.5-litre four-cylin­der turbo diesel. The en­try-level unit makes 55kW/180Nm , the sec­ond man­ages 66kW/200Nm and the range-top­per pro­duces 81kW/240Nm. There is also a 1.2-litre four-cylin­der turbo that gen­er­ates 84kW and 190Nm.

A five-speed man­ual gear­box is used for the two lower out­put diesels, while the petrol Ci­tan and the higher-out­put diesels are fit­ted with a six-speed man­ual. Both come with a shift

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