The name of the Mercedes Vito derives from the town of Vitoria in Spain where the van is produced.
Legend has it that the name is also a homage to a faithful Mercedes employee, Vito Rosenstein, whom the company wished to honour.
The first series Vito appeared in 1996, the second in 2003 and the third series in 2015.
The Vito is classed as a medium van, though with a capacity of 6.49 m3, the high-roof version really deserves to be in the large van class.
Customers can choose from three wheelbases between 3,200 mm and 3,430 mm. The middle wheelbase version is also available with a high roof.
The Vito’s turbodiesel engines develop from 95 to 204 HP. The highest-power version reaches a top speed of 198 km/h, truly impressive for this class of vehicle.
Luckily, the Vito also boasts excellent handling characteristics that allow it to travel at high speed in safety. In most countries, of course, drivers wishing to keep their licenses should not try to see how fast their Vito will go!
The cargo compartment is evenly shaped if not exactly the squarest in its class. The contours of the Vito’s side walls, of course, cause no problem for Syncro System, as our vast range of shelves, drawers and other elements allow racking systems to follow the shape of the bodywork and make full use of all available space.
In this Vito racking project, the Syncro team began by protecting the interior of the van’s cargo compartment with a plywood floor liner and grey painted steel liners on the walls and doors.
The customer asked to leave as much as possible of the van’s floor space free for cargo. This was achieved by fitting the van’s left and right sides with steel cabinets of practical, compact, tilting transparent containers with automatic latch mechanisms.
The team then installed a third column of racking behind the Vito’s bulkhead, featuring a floor-level compartment with a lift-and-rotate door, a pull-out bench with a rotating, 110 mm steel vice, 8 drawers of different heights, all mounted on ball-bearing runners and all fitted with non-slip mats, internal dividers and automatic latch mechanisms. Above the drawers are two shelves, one with removable plastic containers and the other with internal space dividers. Note how Syncro Ultra modular racking can follow the contours of the van’s body to optimise space.
The system is completed by a full-length top tray with a door at the rear, a paper roll holder and LED ceiling lights for effective illumination.
The racking in this Vito consists of two symmetrical columns on the left and right sides.
The configuration on the left starts with a floor-level compartment with a lift-and-rotate door over the wheel arch, two metal drawers with internal dividers and ball-bearing runners, two pull-out trays with two practical, lightweight plastic component cases with transparent lids, two shelves with internal space dividers, and a cabinet of tilting transparent containers with automatic latch and release buttons –extremely practical storage as you can see instantly what’s inside.
The racking on the right of the van is simpler and comprises a floor-level compartment with a door, five drawers and two shelves with internal dividers.
The van is also fitted with accessories: a spray can rack, a paper roll holder, an LED ceiling light and two lengths of milled aluminium rail with cargo lashing straps.
The Vito in these photos is equipped with racking on both sides. The Syncro team began work by installing a 12 mm thick rubber-coated plywood floor liner and a plywood bulkhead liner with a marble-look surface. They then protected the van’s bodywork with galvanised and painted steel liners.
The racking on the left consists of two floor-level compartments, one with a parallelogram action door and the other with a tool case transport system. Above these compartments are six steel drawers on telescopic, ball-bearing runners, shelves with internal dividers and two shelves of removable plastic containers. At the front of the left side racking is a compact but powerful 360 litre/minute air compressor.
Moving over the right of the van, we have a racking configuration that starts with an open floor-level compartment with a lashing strap, a large shelf, three pull-out trays containing six component cases and two cabinets of pull-out transparent containers.
The van is also fitted with various useful accessories: a 10 litre plastic water can with tap on the left rear door, a fold-away table on the other door, a fold-away bench with a 125 mm steel vice, two multi-purpose metal pockets, a paper roll holder, two cable holders, and an aluminium bar with a strap and sliding attachments.
Effective protection is essential for the Vito too: the van’s standard liners are simply not able to protect the bodywork against damage by heavy cargo during loading, travel, and everyday work.
Luckily, the Syncro System catalogue contains a wide choice of plywood or aluminium floor liners, interior liners, wheel arch liners, window grilles and other accessories.
Many van users need to carry equipment on the roof too. To satisfy these needs, Syncro produces a complete range of roof bars, roof racks and ladder racks for the Vito, all with the famous Ultrasilent profile for noise-free and vibration-free travel.