How “Custom” is a Custom Van Conversion from Carisma?

When your strapline is “Limited only by your imagination”, you’d better be able to deliver because, believe me, some of our clients imaginations, quite literally, have no-limits!

Read on to discover some of the more exotic customisations we’ve completed and list some of the “more standard” customisations we build into our vehicle conversions on a weekly basis. We will also explain the client specification process.

The Consultation Process

A project starts with a client consultation, either in person or over the phone. This results in a custom specification document which will then be reviewed and priced accordingly before being sent back to the client in the form or a written quotation.

A custom specification is tailored with the following options:

Vehicle Choice

The client usually has a good idea of which vehicle marque and model they’d like converted. If the customer opts for Carisma’s signature Mercedes Viano, we, as authorised Mercedes Benz partners for export markets, will purchase and supply the vehicle that are country specific, unless the client already owns the vehicle. In the UK we will introduce you to our local Mercedes Benz dealer for the best deal when purchasing a UK specification model. Alternatively, to accelerate the delivery timeline, we can also supply pre-owned vehicles if required.

At this point the client will select their choice of exterior paint colour. Whilst we offer a range of over 10 different colours we find most clients choose black or silver, due to their discreet nature.


In some countries, additional security for our customers may be an important consideration. We offer partial or full armouring on all our conversions, from bullet-proof glass and light vehicle armour, designed to withstand handgun fire, through to B7 level armouring.

Floor Plan Layout

The next step is to understand the client’s floor plan layout. This is governed by the number of people the vehicle is required to carry.

Leather and Carpets

At Carisma Auto Design we offer over 400 colours of the highest quality leather hide, used in prestige vehicles such as Rolls Royce and Bentley. The leather is sourced from all corners of the globe.

You can also select a complementary shade of leather for center panels, piping and seat belts to completely personalise the look.

A standard 4 seat Mercedes Viano conversions requires around 75 square meters of leather to complete; every inch hand-crafted to your requirements.

If you’re serious about a Carisma conversion we encourage you to get in touch and we’ll happily send you a swatch of our leathers, giving you the freedom to peruse the full range of colours at your convenience prior to a consultation.

The most popular coloured leathers range from creams through to mid-tans, although we have completed custom conversions in vibrant French Sea Blue, seen here, and others in pure white leather with black carpet, seat belts and piano black piping for a chain of London based Casinos.

We also offer over 50 different colours of carpet to choose from.

Audio and Multimedia

As we bring our bespoke conversions to life, the visual/audio multimedia system is the heartbeat of the vehicle. A standard Mercedes Viano conversion utilises over 1km of additional wiring, terminated with over 600 electrical connections.

The standard multimedia system comprises of CD, DVD and radio, a 32” HD LCD TV (or 2 x 19” HD LCD screens, for forward and rear facing 4 seat configurations).

The audiophile quality, dual amplified, 8-speaker system, with option of additional speakers and sub-woofer, delivers an impressive 800 watts of power.

For unparalleled quality we offer an upgraded Bang & Olufsen system.

On a two seat conversion you can also upgrade to a 40” HD SMART LED TV on request.

Other custom options include integration of a games console and/or Apple Mac Mini system with in-car 4G Wi-Fi, integrated wireless keyboard and mouse.

Luxury Enhancements

Ultimately our conversions are a product of your imagination, so we encourage your input to design and craft your dream vehicle.

Here’s a selection of customer enhancements we’ve built into our vehicle conversions over the past 12 months.

  • HD Satellite Receiver
  • Antique brass fixtures
  • Mobile device charging drawer
  • Illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Cosmetics drawer
  • Complete Mont Blanc pen set with ink in concealed drawer
  • Illuminated Versace Ashtray

We’re always open to new ideas; after all – we’re here to make it happen.

Interested in our price list? Contact us today to find out more.