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New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter to debut at JIMS

According to Mercedes-Benz, 25 million Euros to invest in its all new Sprinter range

How much is enough when it comes to investing in a new version of a product that has been one of your best sellers in its segment since inception?

According to Mercedes-Benz, eight million kilometres and 25 million Euros seem to be just the right amount of time and money to invest in its all new Sprinter range, which will make its debut at the Johannesburg International Motor Show in October.

To celebrate the first batch of new Sprinters rolling of its new production line in Düsseldorf, the head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg

Mercedes-Benz South Africa’s brand manager for its vans division, Nicolette Lambrechts, said she was confident that the indomitable Sprinter will continue to cement its market leadership position in the large vans segment. “We are indeed all excited at Mercedes-Benz with the production of the new Sprinter. There was a lot of hard work and planning globally that culminated in the assembly kick-off,” she added.

The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

To celebrate the first batch of new Sprinters rolling of its new production line in Düsseldorf, the head of Mercedes-Benz Vans, Volker Mornhinweg, said:“The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has once again enabled us to set the bar higher for the van sector. The new Sprinter’s safety, efficiency and quality are unmatched by any  other van, and the vehicle remains a pioneer in the large van segment.”

While we’ll have to wait until JIMS to see exactly what the new Sprinter line-up is going to look like for the local market, the current Sprinter range continues to serve business owners and fleet operators with very little fuss.

Nicolette Lambrechts, MBSA’s brand manager for Sprinter vans.
Nicolette Lambrechts, MBSA’s brand manager for vans.

The Sprinter 311 CDI Panel Van is still in high demand and thanks to MBSA’s keen attention to total cost of ownership and value chain approach, it remains one of SA’s best-sellers on a monthly basis. The Sprinter 311 is powered by a 2,2-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine, which develops 85kW at 3 800rpm and 280N.m of torque from a low 1 200rpm.

Sporting an aerodynamic frontal treatment and a six-speed manual gearbox coupled to Mercedes-Benz’ precision-engineered diesel powerplant, the Sprinter has a claimed average fuel consumption of less than 8 litres/100km. This means that the 75-litre fuel tank should give you a range in excess of 900km when traveling long-distance.

MBSA’s smaller Mercedes-Benz Vito range of panel vans also excel at offering loads of space in a package that adds prestige to any business operation, be it fleet or vocational transportation of goods. The company has incorporated numerous highlights into the exterior design of the Vito, which include daytime running lights as standard.

Space wagon – the Mercedes-Benz Vito Sprinter
Space wagon – the Mercedes-Benz Vito.

Optional features include a combination of bi-xenon headlamps with cornering function and LED daytime driving lights. Depending on the product you opt for, Sprinter or Vito, Mercedes-Benz offers its unique range of CharterWay service and maintenance plan options to ensure predictable service and maintenance costs. The current Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 311 CDI Panel Van retails at R338 580, while the Mercedes-Benz Vito range kicks-off at R314 300.

 
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Tristan Wiggill
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