NEW CITROËN BERLINGO VAN WINS THE TITLE OF: “INTERNATIONAL VAN OF THE YEAR 2019”!

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A wonderful recognition for New Citroën Berlingo Van, which won today at the Commercial Vehicles Trade Show of Hanover, the coveted title of: “International Van Of The Year 2019”. This is the second time that Berlingo has received this prize, after it was first awarded in 1997 and after more than 1.5 million vehicles have been sold. This 3rd generation of Berlingo has also been awarded for its remarkable evolutions in terms of comfort and technology, without compromising on functionality. It therefore continues Citroën's long heritage in the van segment, which includes iconic vehicles such as the 2 CV Van, the Acadiane and the C15. True to the Brand’s signature, “Inspired by Pro”, dedicated to Citroën utility vehicles, New Berlingo Van adapts to the needs of all professionals and their uses. It stands out thanks to its unique shape available in 2 Sizes (M and XL), as well as its expertise in terms of comfort and safety, with no less than 20 driving aid technologies and 4 connectivity technologies. As the winner of this prestigious election, New Berlingo Van is already available to order and join the network in the last quarter of 2018.



“The Citroën brand is proud to see New Berlingo Van receive the prestigious title of “International Van Of The Year 2019” once again. This award bears witness to the leap taken by this 3rd generation of Berlingo in terms of features, and underlines the relevance of Citroën’s offer in the delivery van sector. This success highlights the Brand’s historic attachment to the Light Commercial Vehicle sector, and continues a long success story, from the Acadiane, 2CV Van and C15 or the type H in the past, to New Berlingo Van or  Jumpy today. A modern utility vehicle perfect for all uses, it is true to the Brand’s signature “Inspired By Pro”. It is one of the Citroën commercial vehicle range's best sellers and will boost the Brand's light commercial vehicle momentum in Europe; registrations grew by 10.6% in the first half-year, twice as quickly as the rate for the LCV market”. LINDA JACKSON, Citroën’s Brand Director.

 

 

01 -NEW CITROËN BERLINGO VAN: ELECTED “INTERNATIONAL VAN OF THE YEAR 2019”

For the opening of the 67th edition of the Commercial Vehicles Trade Show of Hanover, New Citroën Berlingo was awarded the prestigious title of “International Van Of The Year 2019”. This third generation was congratulated by a jury made up of a panel of 25 journalists and independent magazine editors, specialised in light utility vehicles (LUV). While improving its basics - volume and practicality - New Berlingo Van is attractive thanks to the modernity of its style, its increased comfort, its technologies and its features, worthy of passenger cars. This award on behalf of the members of the IVOTY jury, chaired by Jarlath Sweeney, highlights the pertinence of this offer which has renewed the conventions of the sector.

 

As a reminder, it is the fifth time in the history of this sought-after prize that Citroën has won “International Van Of The Year” and the second time for the utility model Berlingo. Their last victory dates back to 1997, when the very first generation was launched. Other models of the Citroën utility range have also been well-received in the past: Citroën Nemo (in 2009), Citroën Jumpy (in 2008) and Citroën Jumper (in 1994).

 

 

02- NEW CITROËN BERLINGO VAN: A WORTHY SUCCESSOR OF MANY ICONIC MODELS

Already available to order in France from 17,450 Euros excluding taxes, New Berlingo Van will join the network in the last quarter of 2018. Originating from a rich legacy, and a key player in its sector, the Berlingo has always been innovative. Since it was launched in 1996, more than 1.5 million models have been produced throughout the world.

 

A staple model, Berlingo has not aged over the years and its sales increase annually, which is a rare phenomenon on the automotive market. In 2017, it even scored a record year in France, with more than 27,000 registrations, a 4% increase compared to 2016.

 

Berlingo is a real commercial success, with nearly 41,000 new registrations in the first half of 2018 (representing 12% growth), and a 2nd place position within its segment in Europe, making it a key contributor to Citroën's LCV momentum. New Berlingo Van is therefore very important for the Brand. It has a strong legitimacy in the delivery van sector, in which Citroën has always paved the way by offering iconic models like the 2CV Van, the Acadiane or the C15.

 

In Europe, in the first six months of the year, the utility market represented 1 registration in 4 for Citroën, with 110,986 LUV number plates. In LUV, Citroën has grown by 10.6%, i.e. a growth that is more than two times higher than the market (+4.9%). The Brand has improved its LUV market share in Europe by 0.5 points, to reach 9.9%. Citroën has also earned its place in the European brand rankings, and is in the Top 5. In France, this leap is illustrated by an increase of 1.3 points, i.e. the equivalent of 16.2% of market shares.

 

 

03 - NEW CITROËN BERLINGO VAN: A REAL GENERATIONAL LEAP

Totally in keeping with the Citroën range’s new look, renewed in less than 2 years, this third generation of utility vehicle marks a real generational leap in terms of design, comfort and technology, and intends to continue along the road to success.

 

In summary, New Citroën Berlingo Van is:

-A unique morphology, with an advanced windscreen and a higher and shorter front end assembly, which provides manoeuvrability and robustness on a daily basis,

-A specific front in keeping with the identity of the Citroën Brand and its older utility brother Jumpy, as well as a functional rear designed for a wide range of professional customers,

- A modern interior which combines robustness and practicality, with an airy dashboard integrating numerous technologies and storage areas (including the Top Box glove box),

- 8 body colours: Aqua Green, Ice White, Deep Blue, Steel Grey, Platinum Grey, Onyx Black, Ardent Red, Sand.

“Inspired by Pro”, New Citroën Berlingo Van capitalises on its strengths and provides an adapted solution to each profession for a customised on-board comfort.

-It is available in two Sizes: M and XL which are 4.40m and 4.75m long, based on 2 wheelbase lengths

-It meets customer expectations as closely as possible by offering 4 trim levels, including 2 original finishes based on the use of the vehicle, which differ precisely in terms of their equipment level and their philosophy:

WORKER with the Extenso® Cabin and the Worker Pack including: Grip Control with Hill Assist Descent, raised ground clearance +30 mm, engine protection plate,

DRIVER with: Acoustic Pack, Citroën Connect Nav on an 8" touchscreen tablet, Surround Rear Vision, comfortable Driver's seat with armrest, height adjustment, lumbar adjustment and under-seat storage,

-Its versatility and modularity are reflected by:

the Extenso® Cab for 3 people (2-seater bench, central seat with folding backrest, and rotating writing surface). There is also a folding lateral passenger seat for an optimal load length,

the Modular Crew Cabin can carry up to 5 passengers (row 1 and 2) or transport long loads with a front passenger seat and a folding 2nd row),

other optional facilities (glass partition, roof opening, wooden flooring, doors with windows, etc.)

-It provides excellent rear accessibility, sliding side doors, as well as a load capacity of up to 1000 kg in Size M (950 kg in Size XL),

-The wheel arch width is the same, compatible with Euro-pallets, and can hold up to 2 Euro-pallets in load length.

Moving with the times, New Berlingo Van provides genuine driving comfort and optimal safety thanks to:

-Its suspension settings which benefit from Citroën's finest expertise to ensure comfort,

-Its new EMP2 platform at the front, for enhanced handling and more technologies,

-A rare technological level in the sector with the integration of:

20 driver assistance systems including: Overload indicator, Surround Rear Vision, Colour heads-up display, Electric parking brake, Adaptive cruise control with Stop function,

4 connectivity technologies including: Citroën Connect Nav and Wireless smartphone charging.

-The engines are both powerful and efficient: Diesel (BlueHDi 130 S&S BVM6 or EAT8, BlueHDi 75 BVM, BlueHDi 100 S&S BVM)

-Its opportunity to achieve a 4x4 Dangel transformation providing maximum motricity (on BlueHDi 130 S&S BVM6)

 

 

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