Mercedes-Benz Vans gives first glimpse of the new Sprinter

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 26, 2017

Mercedes-Benz has gone for a new look for the Sprinter, with horizontal headlights and a more streamlined shape.

The new Sprinter will have a range of features, including driving assistance systems and connectivity services in combination with new telematics, which will bring a leap forward in efficiency for vehicle and fleet management. Moreover, the Sprinter can be adapted to individual transport and sector requirements thanks to a considerably extended range of variants.

“We want to do more than just build the best vehicles,” says Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “We want to offer the most suitable mobility solution for every sector and for every transport assignment. And that is precisely our focus with the upcoming Sprinter generation as an overall system solution. It also goes without saying that the new edition of our iconic van possesses the classical attributes of reliability, safety and cost-effectiveness.”

The van that founded a whole segment has been the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz Vans since the launch of the first Sprinter in 1995. With a total of more than 3.3 million units delivered to more than 130 countries, the Sprinter is one of the most successful commercial vehicles ever, and the best-seller in the product portfolio of Mercedes-Benz Vans. With a growth rate of around 10% from January to March 2017 compared with the same period last year, the Sprinter achieved the most successful first quarter performance in its more than 20-year history. Likewise, in the first half of 2017 the Sprinter was able to break a new record: in total, sales increased to about 96,200 units (previous year 95,100).

The Sprinter was unveiled at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show (NACV) this week in Atlanta, Georgia. The USA is one of the world‘s fastest-growing van markets. After Germany, it is now the second-largest individual sales market for the large van.

The market launch will commence in Europe in the first half of 2018, with the other markets to follow. Further details of the vehicle will be announced in the coming months.