Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Production
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Production.
Ever since the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter made its debut in 1995, the van has made a name for itself all over the world. The vehicle has always been a pioneer when it comes to assistance and safety systems. In 1995 Mercedes-Benz became the first manufacturer in this segment to introduce the anti-lock braking system (ABS) in a van by fitting it to the Sprinter. Another first for vans, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP®), followed in 2002. Mercedes-Benz Vans achieved another pioneering feat in 2006 when it further developed ESP into ADAPTIVE ESP®. All of these developments have made the Sprinter a top seller. With sales of over 2.7 million units, the van has been helping customers in a wide variety of applications for the past 19 years.
Located in the segment for vehicles with around 3.5 tons GVW, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter straddles the line between cars and trucks, as defined by German traffic law at the time the van was introduced. However, the innovative vehicle concept has not only met with a great response in Germany, as the pioneering van is also rapidly conquering markets abroad. Today, the van is sold in thousands of variants in around 130 countries worldwide.
That the Sprinter has become a global vehicle is also reflected in its production locations. In addition to rolling off the line in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, Germany, the van is now produced in Charleston, South Carolina, González Catan, Argentina, Fuzhou, China, and Nizhny Novgorod, Russia. That makes the Sprinter a truly global vehicle and one of the key pillars of the “Vans goes global” growth strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans. The strategy is consistently globalizing the division’s business and exploiting additional earnings potential in new growth markets.