According to a statement issued by the German group, when the existing contract expires at the end of 2016, Daimler will cease the production of the large delivery van.
The Volkswagen Crafter, introduced in 2006 and built by Daimler AG, is the largest 3 to 5 tonn van sold by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, being the third generation of the Volkswagen LT truck, which has been in production since 1975. The partnership between Daimler and VW on this model is a long one, as the LT form the second generation is a rebadged Mercedes Sprinter with a VW powertrain.
“Both partners had a benefit from the long lasting cooperation. With the next Sprinter, which is currently in development, we will ultimately be dependent on the production capacities that we have currently made available to Volkswagen,” said Mercedes-Benz Vans chief Volker Mornhinweg in a statement.
Around 150,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans are currently built each year. The Crafter is built in the Mercedes-Benz Ludwigsfelde and Düsseldorf plants, the same German factories where the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is built.