Mercedes-Benz celebrated an important milestone of its van division, as three million units of the Sprinter model have been delivered so far since its launch on the market, more than 20 years ago.
The Sprinter is one of the most successful commercial vehicles of all times and a best-seller in Daimler’s van lineup. Moreover, last year was a record one for the model in terms of sales. Mercedes-Benz is celebrating now another milestone, as three million units have been delivered so far since its market launch, in 1995. “Three million Sprinters in just 20 years is a sign of great success,” said Volker Mornhinweg, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans. “The Sprinter, with its six production plants worldwide, was the founder of the segment for large vans and remains highly successful to this day – throughout the world.” The most important markets for the Sprinter up until now have been in Western Europe, accounting for 55 percent of unit sales. The US is the second-largest single market for the van in terms of unit sales, after Germany.
The model is built at six plants around the world: in Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, Germany, Charleston in South Carolina in the US, in the Argentinian capital Buenos Aires and, within the framework of the joint-venture company Fujian Benz Automotive, in Fuzhou in China. The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic is also being produced by the Russian partner GAZ in Nizhny Nowgorod, near Moscow. The automaker will build another production site in Charleston for the next generation and it said to invest around half a billion dollars in the development of the new plant in the coming years.