2017 saw Mercedes-Benz Van Experience LIVE celebrate its 14th year running, welcoming 2,867 guests across the 9 days to the legendary Millbrook Proving Ground from 20th to 30th June.

This year aimed to show and prove to guests why Mercedes-Benz Vans are the company worth investing in to keep their businesses moving, with a mix of both driving experiences and exhibition displays, resulting in 49,387 miles covered by the 258 vehicles on the site.

Van Experience LIVE also gave a glimpse in to the future of transportation with the UK premiere of the Vision Van, as well as the upcoming Mercedes PRO connect connectivity solution and adVANce, the future transportation strategy at Mercedes-Benz Vans.

A large fleet of diverse vehicles were also on display with 98 bodybuilder and conversion partners exhibiting, highlighting the flexibility of Mercedes-Benz Vans depending on the needs and requirements of the diverse range of businesses that all use Mercedes-Benz.

In addition, there were showcases on the importance of Visual Health Checks (check out our guide here on how to carry out a simple VHC yourself), alongside with top tips from the Freight Transport Association, and the benefits of using Mercedes-Benz GenuineParts and MobiloVan, the free roadside assistance service.

Managing Director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd, Steve Bridge, concluded: “Over the past 14 years of Van Experience Live, our event has grown from just a few guests testing six vehicles on a small strip of land just outside of Loughborough, to 3,000 customers driving nearly 260 vehicles across Millbrook: we’ve always strived to set the bar higher and higher.

“With more guests, vans and food than ever before, Van Experience LIVE enables van owners and operators to engage with the people, products and processes from the Mercedes-Benz Vans business, to see how we all work together towards the same thing: to keep businesses moving. With Van Experience LIVE being, to my knowledge, the only event of its kind, we look forward to what’s to come in 2018.”