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2011-03-25 08:29

LUXURY VAN: The Brilliant van’s cabin passenger accommodation makes a Maybach appear a little, well, cramped.

What's the perfect airport shuttle? One part limousine, one part van? Probably.

Although a limousine such as Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class provides an awfully cosseting environment for two passengers, it is rather short on capacity when you're travelling with a substantial volume of luggage.

The solution? A Brilliant van – and don’t laugh, that's its real name.


Built for the Brilliant Transportation company for fleet use in New York and Los Angeles, think of it as a Maybach with (way) more headroom.

When Richard Fertig started Brilliant Transportation just over a year ago (with the aim of providing a peerless chauffeured shuttle service in major cities) he wanted to go big, really big. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was an obvious choice.

Powered by a three-litre turbodiesel V6 producing 135kW, supported by 400Nm of torque, the Sprinter powertrain is quick enough to make sure you are always on time for your Business Class check in.

With a wheelbase a half-metre greater than the largest Maybach, Mercedes-Benz's Sprinter could be the perfect configuration to construct a hugely appealing interior space for passangers.

WORKING LIMO: Capable of hauling 2.7t of luggage and passengers, the Brilliant van is whole lot more practical than a conventional limousine…

The real pièce de résistance of these Brilliant vans is the quality and trim of their interiors. Thee's a choice of four facing leather seats (featuring the most comfortable ergonomic design available) and a bench seat in the passenger area, the Brilliant van is a lot more accommodating than Mercedes-Benz’s S-Class.

All communication technologies required for doing business on the move are present, including a wi-fi internet access, a colour printer and hands-free phone.

Those Brilliant van passengers keen on relaxing between appointments can sample their favourite entertainment courtesy of two 32" TV screens or sample music through an eight-speaker sound system. If your travelling companions are proving intolerable, there are noise-cancelling headphones too…

So, if you're travelling four-up with a surfeit of luggage and can’t stand the idea of compromising on luxury, then a Brilliant van is, well, a brilliant idea.

At R1.3-million, you’ll be glad it's a tax-deductable purchase.

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