Sales of Sprinter vans increased 94% for calendar year 2011, according to a press release from Mercedes-Benz. In only its second year of operation, Daimler Vans USA and its combined network of both Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter dealers achieved a total of 16,577 vans sold, far surpassing the 2010 result of 8,559. The Mercedes-Benz network alone saw an increase of 172%.
“Our strong, diverse network of 185 Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner commercial van dealers spread across the U.S. has enjoyed a banner year of Sprinter van sales. From large fleet operators to small construction businesses and mom-and-pop food trucks, American consumers are discovering the incredible benefits of Sprinter vans,” said Claus Tritt, general manager of commercial vans for Mercedes-Benz USA.
The Sprinter platform has also seen growth over the years in the RV industry as a number of manufacturers have built Class A, B and C motorhomes on Sprinter chassis since 2001.
Powered by a 3.0-liter BlueTEC diesel engine, the Sprinter has best-in-class cargo capacity of up to 547 cubic feet and payload capacity up to 5,358 pounds. With cargo doors that open a full 270 degrees, the Sprinter also boasts a rear door opening that’s 5 feet 2 inches wide and 6-feet tall. Both the Cargo and Passenger Vans feature a side-door opening that’s 4 feet 3 inches wide and 6-feet high.
At the same time, their step-in height is only 19.9 inches – lowest in the industry. All versions are equipped with a number of Mercedes-Benz safety features — ESP stability and rollover control, ABS anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist and traction control. The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with standard multi-stage front air bags, and side curtain and torso air bags are optionally available.