Mercedes-Benz showcased its 2010 Sprinter van lineup – including a new fourth model – during a presentation for journalists at its Daimler Vans Manufacturing facility in Ladson, S.C., on Wednesday (April 7).
The presentation, which included a factory tour, was part of a two-day media event aimed at educating and familiarizing the public with the rebranding of Sprinters under the Mercedes-Benz three-point star logo, which occurred earlier this year.
The 2010 Sprinter model lineup includes the cargo van, the passenger van and a cab chassis – all of which are powered by a 3.0-liter BlueTEC diesel engine that utilizes a super-clean Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF) system.
On Wednesday, Claus Tritt, vice president of operations for Daimler Vans USA, announced a new fourth model – a shuttle van version.
Best in Class honors for the Sprinter, Tritt said, include accessibility for its standing interior height of 6-foot-4, “which makes it a perfect workshop”; turning radius (54.6 feet); and safety for its three-point lap/shoulder seat belts. He said the Sprinter combines Mercedes-Benz design themes with commercial vehicle characteristics. “We brought sexy back to the commercial vehicle market,” he said.
Also on display at the media event was the Airstream Interstate 3500, a Sprinter van with a unibody construction. The Class B motorhome is equipped with a Mercedes-Benz turbodiesel engine. The 3500 seats eight when traveling; and sleeps two. The compact Interstate Class B has a towing capacity of 5,000 pounds, adding to its versatility.
Since 2001, the Sprinter has been sold in the United States by Freightliner, a leading manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America. Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) began offering the Sprinter line through select Mercedes-Benz dealers this year. There are currently a total of 117 Sprinter dealers, and the network is growing, Tritt said. Both MBUSA and Freightliner are divisions of Daimler AG, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles.