Distribution company boss Zamir Raja chooses Mercedes-Benz trucks and vans for their unwavering reliability and low operating costs. When it comes to his personal transport, though, he prefers a vehicle with a touch more individuality and flair.
That vehicle is the dynamic Mercedes-Benz Vito Sport-X, a machine that proves you can mix business with pleasure.
Powered by a fire-breathing V6 engine that pumps out an eye-watering 224 hp, and with muscular Brabus-styled looks to match, the Sport-X is the van industry’s “wolf in wolf’s clothing”.
Mr Raja, the Managing Director of Hemel Hempstead-based Multi Distribution Ltd (MDL) has just taken delivery from Hatfield dealer S & B Commercials of his third successive Vito Sport-X.
Mr Raja has personalised his new van by wrapping it in vibrant purple vinyl, with co-ordinated interior details to match. The result is a vehicle which, with its 18-inch alloy wheels, customised spoiler and chrome sidebars, is guaranteed to turn heads wherever it goes.
“I just love the Vito Sport-X,” he declares. “It’s a vehicle that appeals to the heart as well as the head by being roomy and practical, yet at the same time beautiful. Plus, of course, it’s fast and great fun to drive.”
Not that the manufacturer makes any concessions when it comes to safety. In addition to the market-leading armoury of active and passive features fitted as standard to other models in the Mercedes-Benz van range, the Vito Sport-X also gets powerful bi-xenon headlamps with LED daytime driving lights.
Multi Distribution was founded by Mr Raja in 1999, and operates a 73 vehicle, all Mercedes-Benz fleet from its headquarters in Hemel Hempstead, and from other depots in Croydon and east London. The company specialises in the delivery of office supplies and furniture throughout southern England for an impressive portfolio of customers, the biggest of them being VOW Europe.
Latest additions to the Multi Distribution fleet are a pair of 7.5-tonne Atego trucks with GM Billings curtainside bodies and 1.0-tonne Dhollandia column tail-lifts, and two 3.5-tonne Sprinter 313 CDI Lutons by Allied Bodies, their extra volume capacity allowing them to carry more bubble-wrapped furniture than a panel van (see here for the vanrental.co.uk guide to van sizes)