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With the world population now at an estimated 7.1 billion, Santa is having to cover more miles with more gifts than ever; and with his reindeer looking a little long in the tooth, we thought it was about time he had an upgrade.
Could a Modern-day van, such as the impressive Mercedes Vito, do a better job than Santa's sleigh and reindeer?
125 mph (Sport X)
With 224bhp, the Vito Sport X takes the prize for speed; and with around 212 million miles to cover, every little helps
Winner: Vito Van
Lichens, moss and carrots
Petrol / diesel
While fuel may generally cost a little more than a bag of carrots; the Vito, with a 78 litre tank and around 22mpg, could take Santa further without stopping than any reindeer.
Migrate up to 5,000 miles per year
Optional APS navigation system
Large migration patterns show that reindeers have a strong memory, but they have nowhere to plug in a Satnav. The Vito, however, has the distinct advantage of a power source, up-to-date maps and trafﬁc alerts.
Open top, bench
Air con with optional heated seats
In the middle of winter, all that stands between St. Nick and the elements is his trademark red coat - modern air conditioning and heated seats would be an unheard of luxury in the North Pole. Also, we suspect the warm air coming from the Vito’s vents are likely to smell better than what comes from the reindeer.
Low-spectrum UV vision
Standard manufactured headlights
UV vision might help Rudolph ﬁnd food buried in the snow 364 days a year, but will be of little use to Santa, straining in the sleigh with a spotlight, searching for his next chimney.
Bright red, open top with super-cute animals
Optional tinted windows, alloy wheels and a range of colours and body styles
In the winter, the reindeer’s fur changes to a nice creamy colour, keeping their look fresh. It’s a matter of taste, but we think Mrs Clause would rather a ride home in an all-red Vito Sport X.
Lovely bird's-eye views below (and reindeer behinds in front)
Radio/CD player with Mp3 connectivity
We don’t believe that Santa could deliver iPods to millions of children without treating himself, and modern vans are generally ready for them, keeping the Christmas tunes going all night long.
2.0 cubic metres / 1,088kg (based on 1 reindeer able to pull 300 pounds, x8)
Up to 7.4 cubic metres / 1,055kg
Sticking with his sleigh for hundreds of years indicates that Santa Clause may be more of a man of tradition than a slave to fashion, but the practicality of modern vans poses an interesting argument.
Santa and his sleigh
Everyone knows Santa and his sleigh are powered by magic and while van owners have been known to rave about the gadgets and smooth transmission offered by the Vito, Santa wins this round hands down.
The fact is that with 212,030,000 miles to travel, the choice could all rest on whether St. Nick’s magic works as well on a van as it has on his red-nosed beasties.
Even the impressive Vito from Mercedes would struggle to meet the demands of Christmas Eve. However, aside from a little Christmas magic and some driving lessons for Santa, the van matches up well against the famous one-horse open sleigh.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reindeer (University College London reindeer sight study)
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/SCBI/AnimalCare/News/25daysreindeer.cfm (reindeer facts)
http://mentalﬂoss.com/article/29470/11-things-you-might-not-know-about-reindeer (reindeer facts)
http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/409/20121218/10-fascinating-facts-reindeer-beyond-christmas-photos.htm (reindeer facts)
http://people.howstuffworks.com/culture-traditions/holidays/santas-sleigh1.htm (Santa article)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/8188997/The-science-of-Christmas-Santa-Claus-his-sleigh-and-presents.html (The science of Christmas)
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/christmas/6859529/Father-Christmass-Christmas-Eve-in-ﬁgures.html (Santa’s Christmas in ﬁgures)
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