Daimler Vans USA recently added a shuttle van to the imported Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van lineup that includes chassis for Class A, B and C motorhomes.
The 2010 Sprinter model lineup also includes a cargo van, passenger van and cab chassis – all of which are powered by a 188-hp 3.0-liter Mercedes-Benz diesel engine that utilizes Daimler AG’s BlueTEC technology to reduce emissions.
Claus Tritt, vice president of operations for Daimler Vans USA, introduced the new model at the company’s Ladson, S.C., factory in a press event attended by MotorHome staffer Patricia Marroquin.
Daimler is rebranding the Sprinter as a Mercedes-Benz product after cutting ties earlier this year with the Dodge division of Chrysler LLC. Sprinters also are sold through Freightliner Trucks North America LLC dealers.
Equipped with many Mercedes-Benz safety and convenience features, the Sprinter shuttle van can seat up to 16 passengers.
The low-floor shuttle van has four seating configurations based on use.
Tritt pointed out that the Sprinter has an interior height of 6 feet, 4 inches and a 54.6 degree turning radius — both of which he noted are ”best of class.”
He said the Sprinter combines Mercedes-Benz design themes with commercial vehicle characteristics. “We brought sexy back to the commercial vehicle market,” he said.
Tritt said that 13 American upfitters, including Winnebago Industries Inc., Forest River Inc., Airstream Inc., Four Winds International Corp., Monaco RV LLC and Fleetwood RV build motorhomes on Sprinter chassis with GVWRs ranging from 9,900 pound to 11,030 pounds.
Sprinters, sold in the U.S. since 2001, are available through 117 Sprinter dealers, and the network is growing, Tritt said.