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Klassen reveals stretched and pimped Mercedes-Benz Vito


Meet the people-mover fit for a prince and princess.

German aftermarket supplier Klassen has turned a Mercedes-Benz Vito van into a corporate jet without the wings. The handcrafted interior mixes leather and woodgrain-lined luxury with state-of-the-art technology.

The centrepiece is a huge flat-screen monitor that can be used to play the built-in Playstation4, watch movies, surf the net or do Powerpoint presentations. Wi-Fi makes it possible to conduct video conferences and answer emails on the move.

There are a coffee-maker, fridge and champagne flutes for the bubbly and even a humidor to keep the cigars fresh until that big business deal is inked. If it's a party you're planning, there's a top-end stereo and disco-style roof lining.

Never mind the prohibitive expense, Klassen has sold one of its Vitos in Australia, for about $530,000

All the cabinets can be opened remotely via an iPad or iPhone controller and there's even a safe for confidential documents and valuables. The iPad controller also operates the business-class-style seats and the individual airconditioning outlets.

Klassen, which displayed its latest creations at the recent Geneva motor show, built about 110 of these custom-made vans last year and sold them for an eye-popping average of about $460,000. That sort of money will get a 2006-build Cessna.

Never mind the prohibitive expense, Klassen has sold one of its Vitos in Australia, for about $530,000. A rep at the Geneva show wouldn't reveal the name of the well-heeled local buyer, although such a van isn't without precedent here.

Westfield co-founder Frank Lowy once owned a Ford Transit van kitted out with leather business seats and a 5.0-litre V8 shoehorned into the engine bay.

Klassen doesn't just provide pleated window shades and pinch-pleated leather seats. The company can also provide a range of armoured options for those who want to travel in safety as well as style.

But for all its bells and whistles, the feature that will appeal most to the world-weary people-mover parent is the fact that the flat-screen television separates the driver and front passenger from the rear.

The panel slides down to provide access but there is also a "house phone" or intercom for communication between front and back. You can also display the satnav on the big screen, so the kids can work out for themselves if "we're there yet".