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APRIL 16, 2012
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Mercedes-Benz has lifted the curtains off its new Renault Kangoo-based Citan delivery van several months ahead of its first public outing at the 2012 IAA Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover this September.
The Citan is the first project to come out of the partnership between Mercedes-Benz's parent company Daimler and the Renault-Nissan Alliance, which was formed in 2010. The new Mercedes van will be produced at Renault's factory in Maubeuge, France, where the automaker assembles the Kangoo.

The production version of the Citan is much less Mercedes and far more Renault that what the German company's teaser sketches initially suggested.

On the outside, the Mercedes van gains a similar front end to the latest A-Class with bespoke hood, front fender and bumper designs. Inside, whereas the German firm's renderings showed a unique interior with two deeply set instrument gauges and SLK-like round air vents, the production Citan's dashboard features a more utilitarian design that keep's the Kangoo's instrument panel.

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