Sprinting to 20!
While the first 500 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans left the plant in Düsseldorf, Germany, on January 23, 1995, it wasn’t until the new millennium that this vehicle arrived in South Africa. In 15 years, more than 25 000 Sprinters have been sold to South African customers.
“What is even more exciting than celebrating such a significant milestone is that, besides having two decades of experience to tap into, both the current and future Sprinter vans exemplify impeccable workmanship, build quality of the highest standard and endless innovation,” says Nicolette Lambrechts, vice-president: Mercedes-Benz Vans.
In its first year, the international motoring media voted the Sprinter the “Van of the Year 1995”. It was the first van to be fitted with disc brakes on both front and rear axles, as well as an anti-lock braking system (ABS), as standard.
The year 2013 saw the arrival of the latest Sprinter – a vehicle which Mercedes-Benz designed to set new standards in terms of safety and economy.
It was the first van in its class to be made available with engines that meet the Euro-6 emission standards. The engines on offer in South Africa adhere to Euro-5 emission standards. Mercedes-Benz is, however, proud that the Sprinter runs the cleanest engine in the large-van segment.
In November 2014, just a year after its introduction worldwide, the 222 222nd Sprinter was delivered!
“Only the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter can offer unmatched reliability, perfect driving features and an innate ability to be reinvented over such a long period of time. This vehicle provides everything to everyone who purchases it: exceptional safety, impressively low fuel consumption, reliability and a widely respected high resale value.
“These are just some of the key factors that contribute to the Sprinter being the most dominant player in the segment,” concludes Lambrechts.