TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 2019
CITROËN UK PUTS AWARD-WINNING NEW BERLINGO VAN THROUGH ITS PACES IN WORLD RALLY STRESS TEST
Citroën UK has
just put its New Berlingo Van to the ultimate test, with a little help from
Citroën World Rally crew, Esapekka Lappi and Janne Ferm. Hot from their podium
finish at Rally Finland, the pair spent a day at Langley Park Rally School in
Essex, putting the multi-award winning New Berlingo Van through its paces.
Testing the van’s robust construction, safe handling and Citroën Advanced
Comfort® features, Lappi and Ferm didn’t hold back as they traded their C3 WRC
for the brand’s best-selling LCV.
The award winning Berlingo Van voted International Van of the Year 2019 and What Van? LCV of the Year 2019 – Citroën UK was keen to test its best-selling New Berlingo Van to the limit. The ‘Worker’ version was selected because of its suitability for rough terrain, including use on building sites and unmade country roads. With raised ground clearance (+30mm), underbody protection, Grip Control® with Hill Descent Assist and Mud & Snow Tyres.
The Citroën Berlingo has been a cornerstone of the Citroën range since 1996, with more than 3.3 million sales in total including the passenger car version.
Esapekka Lappi, Citroën Total WRT driver, said: “I was surprised that New Berlingo Van handled the rally stage so brilliantly. The van was strong, very comfortable to drive and managed the corners exceptionally well. I might not swap my C3 WRC for a Berlingo, but it would definitely be useful as a reserve option!”
Matt Weston, Citroën UK LCV Product Manager, commented: “WRC has always served as the perfect test bed for many of the technologies we see in our passenger cars today. This was an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our best-selling New Berlingo Van in a fun and safe way, and really test it to its limits. Although it may not have been quite the performance model Lappi and Ferm are used to, it certainly didn’t disappoint for comfort, robustness and driveability.”