Mercedes Benz Vans launches first fully connected van

In Uncategorized3 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineFebruary 7, 2018

With the world premiere of the latest generation of its successful Sprinter model, MercedesBenz Vans has marked the start of the digital age in this vehicle segment.

“Our new Sprinter is the first van of a new type – a fully connected integral system solution,” says Volker Mornhinweg head of MercedesBenz Vans. “We have made it even better with regard to its traditional strengths and have supplemented it with intelligent products and services. This makes the Sprinter an integral part of the value chain. So we are unlocking a new dimension in terms of efficiency, flexibility, connectivity and profitability for our customers. And we are doing it precisely tailored to each particular industry.”

In addition to its highly efficient diesel engines, Mercedes-Benz Vans will also offer locally emission-free electric drive in all segments and will push forward with the electrification of the commercial fleet. A start has been made with the eVito, and will be followed by the eSprinter in 2019.

Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features of the Sprinter. The new, networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the likewise completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) provide the basis for all logistical and transport requirements regardless of fleet size. Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet. This enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time. Eight packages available ex factory with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced on market launch of Mercedes PRO connect. These include e.g. Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.

Many optional safety and assistance systems are now available with the Sprinter. These include the radar-based distance control system DISTRONIC, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and ATTENTION ASSIST. There is also an optional Parking package with 360-degree camera. If the optional Blind Spot Assist is on board in addition to the Parking package, this recognises traffic and pedestrians crossing behind the vehicle and can also brake autonomously in an emergency. Crosswind Assist is standard, and Traffic Sign Assist draws additional attention to speed limits, no-entry and no-overtaking restrictions and their cancellation.

Worldwide production of the new Sprinter in Germany will begin in early March.