where the vans are made. Click image to enlargeStuttgart, Germany – Following strong sales of the redesigned Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Daimler AG will invest a total of €177 million to expand production at its facilities in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde where the vans are made. The Sprinter vans are sold under the Mercedes-Benz, Dodge and Freightliner nameplates.
“We very consciously decided in favour of additional capacities in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde,” said Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG. “The infrastructure as well as the qualifications, flexibility and dedication of the staff guarantee the high-quality level of our products.”
The Ludwigsfelde facility will receive an enlarged assembly area, a new bodyshop and a new painting plant. The alterations will be completed by mid-2011 and will increase production by about 50 per cent.
The Düsseldorf factory will receive additions to its plant and equipment, which will increase capacity by about 12 per cent at the end of 2009. The investments at the two plants are expected to add as many as 500 new jobs.
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Daimler Launches a
16-Passenger Sprinter Van
Daimler Vans, a subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, is offering a 16-passenger Sprinter Van specially designed for hotel service, paratransit and similar applications.
The Sprinterpassenger-sprinter-variant/"> The Sprinter is now offered in 2500 and 3500 models. The full-sized, heavy duty vehicles are assembled at Daimler Vans USA’s plant in Ladson, S.C. Daimler further plans to expand its Sprinter lineup with the introduction of the 16-passenger van. A Mercedes-Benz spokesperson confirmed that four different interior configurations will be offered on this new vehicle. Among them, one will have a wheelchair lift that can accommodate eight passengers.
The van is offered in four 15- and 16-passenger seating capacity, plus the driver. The traditional sliding door has been replaced by an electrically operated split passenger door. The vehicle is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged diesel V-6 engine which produces 188 horsepower and 325 pounds feet of torque.
The Sprinter van has been sold by selected Freightliner dealers since 2001. Some selected Mercedes-Benz dealers have been selling cargo, chassis cab and passenger van Sprinter models since January 1. The vehicle can be ordered directly from a Mercedes-Benz dealership or Freightliner dealership. The vehicle is expected this summer. No pricing has been announced yet.
Four Versatile Configurations
Sprinter Shuttle Van is available with a choice of four seating
•Airport Shuttle – Perimeter seating for 15 passengers, plus driver as well an 80-inch 2-tier luggage rack.
•Commuter Shuttle – Forward-facing seating for 16 passengers, plus driver and optional video equipment with monitors ranging from 11- to 17-inches.
•Hotel Shuttle – Forward-facing seating for 15 passengers, plus driver and rear luggage area with fixed dividing wall.
•Paratransit Shuttle – Available with side or rear wheelchair lift, the ADAcompliant shuttle offers multiple wheelchair positions and forward-facing seating for up to 8 passengers, plus driver.
About the Sprinter Van
The highly successful Mercedes-Benz Sprinter made its European debut in 1995, and a newgeneration Sprinter was launched globally in 2006. Since 2001, the Sprinter has been sold in the U.S. by Freightliner, the industry’s leading manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America.
Mercedes-Benz USA began offering the Sprinter line through select Mercedes-Benz dealers in 2010. Both MBUSA and Freightliner are divisions of Daimler AG, the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. In the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is targeted toward small businesses, while the Freightliner version continues to be available to its established customer base of commercial vehicle operators. Sprinter cargo vans and passenger vans are produced in Düsseldorf, Germany, while Sprinter cab chassis vehicles are made in Ludwigsfeld