MERCEDES-BENZ VITO: 25 YEARS EXPORTING FROM THE VITORIA PLANT IN SPAIN

Colombiabus Newsroom / Mercedes-Benz Vans

MORE THAN 2 MILLION VANS PRODUCED AT THE PLANT

More than a quarter of a century ago, production of the Vito mid-size van began at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, in northern Spain. This first generation of light commercials not only marked a new era for the star brand, but also the rebirth of the facilities located in the Basque capital of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Thanks to the investment to modernize the factory, the annual production capacity rose to 80,000 vehicles, incorporating many automated processes and a state-of-the-art logistics center to have one of the brand’s most modern planes.

The Mercedes-Benz Vitoria production plant currently has about 4,900 employees, occupying an area of ​​642,295 m². Since the expansion in 2001, the production buildings now cover a total area of ​​370,000 m², the equivalent of around 50 football fields. The factory supplies nearly all world markets, including Latin America, and since 1995 has manufactured more than 2 million vehicles.

Most of the production is occupied by the Vito, which was again extensively renewed in 2020. In that same year the electric eVito Tourer with a range of 421 kilometers was introduced, as well as the efficient and powerful OM 654 family of diesel engines from 2 liters and four cylinders. In addition to the Vito, the V-class and the eVito, since 2020 the EQV, which became the first fully electric premium minivan from Mercedes-Benz built in Vitoria.

The Vitoria-Gasteiz factory was built in 1954 and began producing vehicles for the DKW brand the following year. Mercedes-Benz AG, as it was also called at the time, was closely linked with Auto Union in the following years, before acquiring full ownership of the production site in 1981. From 1988 to 1995, Mercedes-Benz produced the MB 100, a light van that was launched in 1981 in Germany and was the predecessor to the Vito, as well as its sisters, the Viano and the V-Class.

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