The 11,111th Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus version was recently built by minibus specialist Arobus in Turkey.
Arobus manufactures a large number of Sprinter-based minibuses in the city of Tuzla, which is located near Istanbul. All the vehicles are sold and serviced by Mercedes-Benz Türk.
The partnership was launched five years ago with an order of 250 units. Since that time, sales have skyrocketed to approximately 5,000 minibuses per year, with most of these vehicles being used as share taxis or schoolbuses.
Arobus currently manufactures six minibuses modeled on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. The base vehicle is a van with a wheelbase of 4,325 mm. This wheelbase expands to 6,945 mm in the long version and 7,345 mm in the extra-long version.
The base vehicle also comes in two basic weight classes (3.88 tons and 5.0 tons GVW). The buses offer between 13 and 22 passenger seats and, depending on the variant in question, are either completely filled with seats or else have a cargo area in the rear. All the buses are equipped with a four-cylinder 2.2 CDI engine with 2.15 liters of displacement and an output of 110 kW (150 hp).
“We’re very pleased by the trust Arobus places in the Sprinter. Our joint success demonstrates the tremendous opportunities offered by the extensive co-operation between Mercedes-Benz Vans and the body manufacturers,” said Michael Pflüger, Head of the Body Manufacturer Center at Mercedes-Benz Vans.
by Dan Mihalascu
) - Monday, February 18th, 2013 - filed under Industry
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