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Old 4th July 2004, 14:47   #1
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Does anybody remember the Mercedes-Benz MB100D and 140D? Those bread-boxes on wheels which were built like bread-boxes on wheels and yet carried the three-pointed star? Those two vans filled a niche in DaimlerChrysler's Indian portfolio but did not deliver on the experience Mercedes-Benz vehicles usually promise that's because they were essentially badge-engineered Ssangyongs built in Korea.
Still, DaimlerChrysler tasted blood with the 100D and 140D in India, which opened up a new automobile segment in the country for them. A segment for which they now have a new, more capable, friendly, enjoyable and safe product and it's even built like a Mercedes. It's the Viano, which made an international debut in 2001.

Currently, a long-wheelbase Viano 2.2 CDI is making its rounds in the country and is being shown to prospective customers for their opinions. Business Standard Motoring managed to scoop this possible new launch from DaimlerChrysler and we even have a driving impression for you.

Source : BSM : Mercedes Benz Viano
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Old 4th July 2004, 16:20   #2
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i remember seeing this and the old VClass... man.. these are big!!!
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Old 20th July 2004, 01:06   #3
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These would be really good for making long trips but still I wouldnt wanna own them..much rather get the Infiniti's Qx56 which is one awesome hunk of a car...more luxurious than you can imagine and spacious as hell..even the 3rd row has as mich room as the CRV's back seats.. anyhow..

This looks much better than the ones I have seen before on road..

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I saw some corporates use these vans to pick up their executives. Good idea to give your employs MB treatment.
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Old 20th July 2004, 11:28   #5
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I too remember seeing one at carters.Long time back but it was in silver.n the older one(the 2000 model)V-Class.
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If Mercedes gets that they can kick their image bye-bye.

No, i am not saying that Merc could do w/o a van, but they definitely could do w/o the Viano. It is worldwide the most under-rated Mercedes product, and for a good reason. Its barely reliable and features at the bottom of all JD power surveys. Numbers like 143rd on a list of 156 don't do your brand image any good.

DCIL save yourself!!!

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Old 23rd July 2004, 12:23   #7
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As a van it does the job, not as a car
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Hey Guys,

Spotted this mercedes van this afternoon in silver colour. Looked awesome with the seating and all.



[img=http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/9698/v2802ol.jpg]



[img=http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/602/v28019uw.jpg]

The pic is from the net as I did not have a camera with me at the time.

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hey viper
did it have a funny looking dome shaped thing on top.
i saw a similar van on marine drive while returning home from a party and noticed some dome shaped thing on top.

any idea what that could be


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Revtech the one you are talking about is with the New Viano. I have seen it too.
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That is the van Mercedes replaced with the Viano.
It was the V series.
Was really cool but could be broken into in 5 minutes flat (We have experienced it in France).
Guys, shouldn't this thread be deleted or started on the V series as there is already one in the indiancar scene with pictures.
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but stratos what was that dome shaped thing.it looked kind of wierd and really stood out.


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that is oneeee ugly car,,,,,, sorry
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Well we wont be suprise if we see a few of these vans at the airports or some of the tourist destinations.Have seen many 100d and 140ds at the airport sporting yellow tourist number plates,so its just a matter of few months you may find the Viano been run by the fleet operators.
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The MB 100D and 140D are used to ferry students of the Mercedes Benz school in Hinjewadi Pune. More of a school bus to be precise.
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