Mercedes Sprinter van sales up 94% for 2011
By Alyssa Dalton
January 19, 2012 – Sales of Mercedes Sprinter vans increased 94% for calendar year 2011. 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, surpassing the 2010 result of 8559. 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,” said Claus Tritt, general manager of commercial vans for Mercedes-Benz USA. “From large fleet operators to small construction businesses and mom-and-pop food trucks, American consumers are discovering the incredible benefits of Sprinter vans.”
Powered by a 3.0-liter BlueTEC diesel engine, the Sprinter has a 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 5’2″ wide and 6 feet tall. Both the cargo and passenger vans feature a side-door opening that is 4’3″ wide and 6 feet high. At the same time, their step-in height is 19.9″– the lowest in the industry, it claims. Interior standing height can be up to 6’6″. All versions are equipped with various 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.
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