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Overseas Education | 14 Feb 2018

C Hung

Just days after celebrating with its partners for a record year in terms of sales volume in the city, Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong launched the first new vehicle of the year. The new V260 luxury van was unveiled at waterfront bar and restaurant Hexa in Ocean Terminal on a relatively chilly evening.

Head of Mercedes-Benz Hong Kong Andreas Binder said the company managed a record sales year for Mercedes-Benz Vans here last year with more than 20 percent growth compared to the year before. The V-Class was first officially introduced into the local market in 2015.

"With more choices on the wheelbase and several new products and features, the new V-Class will be the most exclusive van ever sold in Hong Kong." Binder is confident the new models.

Binder was joined by his colleagues from Stuttgart on the evening with executives from the Mercedes-Benz Vans unit Volker Mornhinweg, who is Global Head of the division, and Klaus Maier, Global Head of Sales & Marketing.

Mornhinweg shared with guests the recipe for the division's success story, "Hong Kong is one of the growing markets for Mercedes-Benz Vans," he said, adding that customers in Hong Kong ask for more luxury. Mercedes-Benz listen to Hong Kong people's wishes by introducing a brand new captain chairs.

Indeed, the single most important feature of the new V260 is beyond doubt the two sliding "captain chairs" standard in the Exclusive and AMG Exclusive Edition. The seats feature large and soft armrest with covered side panels, soft headrest wings pillow and back rest, in addition to programmed massage functions and 3-step heating and cooling functions.

People looking for 8-seat practicality can still get two rows of passenger seats of three in the Avantgarde.

Before options, the price of the V260 ranges from HK$649,000 (Avantgarde Long) to HK$819,000 (AMG Exclusive Extra Long). The Long and Extra Long versions (same price) are distinguished by a difference of 230mm in wheelbase with the latter 3,430mm.

The AMG Exclusive Edition is distinguished from the outside by the AMG front and rear aprons, side sill panels, spoiler lip, and 19-inch exclusive AMG wheels. The interiors come featuring brushed aluminum sports pedals with black rubber studs, carbon fiber lookalike trims and a more exclusive surround sound audio system in Burmester.

Only one powertrain is available across three V260 trims. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine many Mercedes-Benz owners should find familiar with is capable of producing 211hp. The engine is mated to a 7-speed automatic transmission, driving the rear wheels.

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CAPTION 05) At the launch are Volker Mornhinweg, left, and Andreas Binder.

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