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Modern Classic: Mercedes-Benz Van Celebrates its 15th Anniversary

Classic: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van its 15th Anniversary

MULGRAVE, – February 5, 2010: This the award-winning Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van celebrates 15 years of service.

its international release in 1995 the was already in a class of its own: control, high-traction rear-wheel timelessly modern looks, cab, an extensive engine rounded off by a direct-injection diesel which was as powerful as it was economical.

The Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle to be by a name instead of an abbreviation or of numbers, the Sprinter lead the way for Mercedes-Benz van and truck models an unprecedented tour de force. the Sprinter, the Vito, Vario, and Atego were introduced and 36 months completely new vans and were on the market in all weight

Even though all have thoroughly further developed or entirely reengineered, to this day form the backbone of the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles.

With the of production in January 1995, the took the lead in this strategic product initiative. It had very big shoes to step at the same time: it was the successor to the T1 also referred to internally as the van, named after the in North Germany where it was manufactured.

This Bremen van was as a paradigm of longevity, solidity and In 18 long production years built almost a million of this model series the distinctive, angular, short

With a longitudinally installed engine and rear-wheel drive the took up this successful concept.

Four gross three engines

Also its predecessor, the Sprinter began its with four gross weights ranging from to 4.6 tonnes.

It was available as a panel crewbus, chassis, pickup, and a crewcab, all of these versions in wheelbase lengths, and the closed-body additionally with two roof

The Sprinter targeted mainly the 3.5 GVW class, this tonnage an important dividing line in a many European countries as far as licences and traffic regulations concerned.

The Sprinter lined up three different engines. focused mainly on the

OM 602 DELA, a turbodiesel with 2.9 litres and five cylinders. With its of 90 kW and peak torque of 280 Newton it took performance to new record for vans of this type.

pump, electronic control and gas recirculation are also characteristics of engine. It was complemented by a tried and smooth-running pre-chamber diesel developing 58 kW from 2.3 litres and by a zippy four-cylinder petrol (likewise with a displacement of 2.3 delivering 105kW of power.

A developed five-speed manual transferred the power to the rear

For each version there at least two different final ratios to choose from. As to the manual box, a fully four-speed torque converter followed a short time

The new Mercedes-Benz Van was good for a road of up to 160 km/h and not only lived up to its but quickly put tyre manufacturers on the since few tyres at the time the proper speed index.

Highest safety standards

Not high performance, highest too played a crucial role in the From the outset the Sprinter had brakes on all wheels.

The anti-lock system (ABS) and an automatic differential were standard in many countries and then was the driver airbag, also a feature in Germany and many countries.

With that the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter set new standards for in its category, as it did in many other

Along with investing effort in the advancement of conventional technology, the engineers also alternative drive systems to the stage in combination with the

One year after the launch of the new van it was available as the electrically powered 308 E The water-cooled asynchronous motor put out 40 kW and got its from maintenance-free lead-gel

The energy rating of 29 kWh sufficed to a distance of 65 to 80 km.

Natural gas drive to the petrol engine

At the same the first NGT Sprinters with gas drive (NGT=Natural Gas Technology) being used by customers.

The featuring a new kind of sequential technology, developed 92 kW and practically take on the conventional petrol for performance.

With gas cylinders underfloor, the vehicles had a range of 200 to 250 km. In 1997 this Sprinter natural gas drive went series production.

Later, powered by liquefied gas – also liquid petroleum gas or LPG – were to the range.

It was also 1997 a first version with drive expanded the Sprinter range.

This Sprinter for traction conditions, as could be in snow or at building sites, had an engageable front-wheel drive – also an additional off-road and a locking differential – and was built higher off the ground for more

Permanent all-wheel drive follow later.

Production in 2005

The Sprinter quickly set out to the proven T1.

At the Dьsseldorf van plant the T1 was manufactured during the second of its life, Mercedes-Benz initially the daily output of 400 Sprinters in two However, after very few the annual production levelled out at than 500 vans per day in three-shift

Production pushing the limits of became the normal case for the

At the end of its career, in 2005 the first even attained a new production with around 150,000 – a great compliment for a very van in the prime of life. It owed to a tailor-made concept.

The numerous and weight variants of the Sprinter a bull’s-eye with potential At the same time the Sprinter through engines with capabilities.

The characteristic features of the furthermore included its timeless-progressive and the spacious, very functionally cab whose appointments now almost passenger car level in terms of design and material.

An updated takes the field in the second

With the start of the second of the lifecycle in 2000, Mercedes-Benz upgraded both the outward and equipment of the cab.

The Sprinter was now by a deeply drawn-down bonnet which the star harmoniously

A lengthier front end stretched the silhouette. Newly designed illuminated the road ahead the front apron was given two steps to permit easier of the windscreen.

In the cab, the eye was drawn all to the redesigned, curved instrument

Along with added details such as a cup holder and facilities, particularly the shift in the form of a joystick caught Positioned within easy on the centre console, it permitted through-cab access.

As of the comprehensive the driver airbag was included in the equipment of the Sprinter. A co-driver was available as an optional extra; as a airbag it also protected the seated on the inside of a twin

Now all seats of the Sprinter were with three-point seat even the centre seats in the of the crewbus and the inside seat of a co-driver’s seat.

The longer end further enhanced crash Windowbags were soon available while headlamps free-form reflectors lit up the roadway

A new generation of the ABS with a still performance level also in conjunction with which the brake differential evolved the acceleration skid control.

New of diesel engines

At the same a new generation of diesel engines and the Sprintshift transmission were put to in the Sprinter.

The CDI engines with and five cylinders and displacements of and 2.7 litres had outputs ranging 60 kW to 115 kW. The most powerful engine not offered the highest power in its class; it also featured the (for that time) torque of 330 Newton metres.

injection, four-valves-per-cylinder technology, and in the output categories an exhaust gas with variable nozzle were the latest cry in technology.

an eye to safety the top speed was limited to 160

Alternatively, power transmission now be handled by Sprintshift, an automated manual transmission featuring gearshifting and automatic clutch

The Sprinter grows to become a

At the start of 2001 Mercedes-Benz enlarged the range with the 616 CDI. It was available as chassis, and with crewcab, with tonnes gross vehicle and with a load-derated 5.0 tonnes

Characterised by a straight frame front to back (without the otherwise customary in the Sprinter), a rear axle with load-carrying capacity, and a particularly track, the top-of-the-line model to users who depended on high to transport heavy goods.

form of diversification of the range went down well customers: tailor-made industry for the trades, service providers and services, manufactured in close with specialised body-builders.

In the Sprinter was upgraded again. headlamps and red-and-white tail emphasised the distinctive lines of the van and its functionality. A modified radiator and white side indicator rounded off the new look.

But more still were the innovations the sheet metal. They a larger brake booster in particular, the use of the Electronic Stability ESP® as standard equipment (in and many other countries) in all versions of the Sprinter up to 3.5 tonnes GVW – first in safety in this class.

Two years later ESP® was part of the standard equipment of all chassis models up to 3.5 tonnes


Career on the other side of the

The Sprinter had long since the New World too, establishing in the USA and Canada since 2002.

The American group brand handled final assembly and the vehicle under its own name and for the brand. Sprinter is now on the road in than 100 countries around the

The King of Tonga is chauffeured in a Sprinter boasting a particularly finish; extreme athlete Schwarz is rounding the globe by with an all-wheel-drive Sprinter as up.

Little wonder that successes like this to the Sprinter has been the recipient of prizes and trophies in the course of its

Winner of Van of the Year in various the German Commercial Vehicle multiple winner in the van category in the for Best Commercial Vehicles, and in the Camper Van of the Year in the James camper van version – the Sprinter is one of the highly decorated vans of all

With a total of almost 1.4 vehicles sold, the first-generation of 1995-2006 was the bestseller in its class in and acquired a legendary reputation.

reputation, worthy successor

great things were of the successor.

In visual terms the new already heralded a new era: an but appropriate design uniting and function. The headlamps and cooling air were designed in the way typical of the

The dynamic lateral lines, shaped tail lights and the lower section of the rear end also characteristic of the Mercedes-Benz

Self-assuredly the new Sprinter wore its at the front on an almost sculpted and at the rear in a central position the doors.

Simply from the of different wheelbases, lengths, weights, body, engine and configurations, around 1000 models can be created.

The Sprinter was in three wheelbases, in four for the closed-body variants, with roof, high roof or the new roof. The precise coordination between individual models was

It wasn’t simply restricted to of the wheelbase: in the new Sprinter a suitably overhang complemented the particular for each model. The result, from the visual advantages of proportions, was mainly advantages in of driving dynamics, plus the advantage of balanced weight in all versions.

The load capacity of the models began at 7.0 cubic and peaked at 17 cubic metres. The new was available in three gross weight classes of 3 tonnes, 3.5 and 5 tonnes (with twin

There were even two GVW ratings: 3.88 tonnes as variant of the 3.5-tonner and 4.49 (with super-single or twin as load-derated version of the 5-tonner.

standard equipment

The Sprinter’s equipment made it the benchmark in its

Along with many details, power windows and locking with radio control were now standard, as driver airbag, six-speed wide-angle rear view and ADAPTIVE ESP®.

In addition, the Sprinter impressed high-grade materials processed painstaking workmanship. The Sprinter’s wheel could now be adjusted for and reach as an optional feature.

seat reach adjustment and headroom made for even freedom of movement. The redesigned was more sophisticated than impressing with a multitude of facilities.

The new exterior mirrors integral wide-angle auxiliary on both sides of the vehicles conducive to good rear and thus good safety. indicator repeaters were in the mirror housings for a strong effect.

Other aids for the included special equipment as a closing aid for the sliding door, sliding door operation particularly, the innovative Keyless and Slide system.

This mainly drivers of parcel who often don’t have a free to operate the doors. the driver approaches the vehicle, on the direction he comes from the door is unlocked or the sliding is opened.

When the driver away from his vehicle the locks the driver’s door or the sliding door.

Engines set new

With its engines the Sprinter again established a milestone in the van

The unchanged basis was the OM 646 CDI turbodiesel with four cylinders and litres displacement, now available in output levels from 62 kW to 110 kW.

pulling power at low engine along with high are advantages of these engines. on version they even with two-stage turbocharging.

Top the diesel engines was the new OM 642, a V6 a displacement of

3.0 litres, an output of 135 kW and torque 400 Nm.

If the four-cylinders were known for their advanced the V6 with an aluminium crankcase, a shaft and two overhead camshafts per bank enhanced the level further.

All diesel engines low-pollution units complying Euro 4 and EU 4/III and featured a filter as standard.

Oil change

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The oil change interval of 30,000 was nearly sufficient for a circumnavigation of the

A five-speed automatic transmission power to the rear axle. It was available for the diesel engines as equipment. As standard they connected with a six-speed transmission with joystick-style on the dashboard.

The suspension of the rear-wheel vehicle was perfectly adapted to the engine outputs and the major between laden and unladen

A new transverse leaf spring of glass fibre-reinforced plastic was on the front axle, while new springs were used at the

Latest-generation ESP® as standard

On all including the chassis, the latest-generation Stability Program ESP® – ESP® – was standard equipment.

In to the usual parameters it now determined and centre of gravity. With and other new functions, in critical ADAPTIVE ESP® could now more sensitively and selectively for purposes.

An optional extension of ESP® is the start-off assist, prevents a vehicle from rolling backwards when the changes from brake to accelerator pedal to move off on

All Sprinter models rolled on wheels as standard, this the prerequisite for brake discs larger diameters.

A further innovation was optional tyres on the rear axle for the variant. Compared with tyres these tyres, 285/65 R 16 C, require less save weight and increase the width between the wheel in the panel van. They reduce rolling resistance.

improved safety

The exemplary safety of the Sprinter was further with the introduction of the new model.

seat was now fitted with seat belts and height-adjustable restraints as well as belt limiters; additionally the driver’s and the outer co-driver’s seat belt tensioners.

The driver’s was a standard-fit feature; optionally co-driver airbag, thorax and windowbags.

Mercedes-Benz manufactures the at the Dьsseldorf plant (panel van and and in Ludwigsfelde outside Berlin dual cab chassis).

Both set the greatest store by exemplary and long-term quality.

Many of the frame and body are laser-welded, or bonded.

The proportion of galvanised metal has increased significantly with the previous model.

4×4 for maximum traction

At the Hanover International Motor for Commercial Vehicles, Mercedes-Benz the new Sprinter 4×4 with drive for the first time.

gave high traction and stability even in unfavourable

The permanent all-wheel drive the power to the front and rear in normal operation in a 35:65

Instead of using mechanical locks, the all-wheel drive together with the Electronic System 4ETS. If one or more lost traction on slippery they were automatically at short intervals.

At the same the drive torque was transferred to the or wheels which still had traction.

Customers could between the standard-fit six-speed transmission and the five-speed automatic with torque converter.

alternative drive systems a long tradition at Mercedes-Benz and in the Sprinter. It is only logical in 2008 the new Sprinter range was by the Sprinter NGT, the Sprinter natural gas drive.

Depending on and use, gas tanks with capacities are available. The output of the four-cylinder engine with 1.8 displacement is 115 kW, the maximum torque is 240 Nm.

The NGT with bivalent drive operates economically, quietly and low emissions. Its operating cost is as as 30 percent less than of a Sprinter with diesel

With natural gas the Sprinter can a distance of 300 to 450 km, which is definitely for short-range distribution work in ecologically sensitive city

Other enhancements

Another available from 2008 was air rather than standard springs on the rear axle.

ESP® was further enhanced adaptive brake lights, function as a flashing emergency signal. Instead of remaining the brake lights flash for the during critical and emergency

In September, the Hanover International Show Commercial Vehicles a glimpse far into the future of Vans. The outstanding exhibit was a Plug-In Hybrid, with an motor placed between combustion engine and automatic

This innovative design had a set of batteries stowed directly the rear axle.

This technology weighed in at 175 kilograms, the power-to-weight ratio of the previously nickel-metal hydride batteries.

Power train all of a piece

In (Australia, 2010) the Sprinter with a new generation of diesel with new manual transmissions and other innovative features.

It is now more economical and more than ever and meets the 5 emissions standard.

Characteristics of the four-cylinder OM 651 are an undersquare design particularly good tractive a reduced compression ratio, an solid cast iron and a peak injection pressure of bar.

The more powerful with 95 and 120 kW get the benefit of two-stage with a high-pressure turbine and a turbine, each fitted a wastegate valve.

Further refinements designed to cut pollutant are a larger intercooler and exhaust gas (EGR).

In contrast to the four-cylinders, the design of the six-cylinder OM 642 engine the same, but it was thoroughly improved to with the Euro 5 emissions

As top-of-the-range engine for the Sprinter the V6 in Euro 5 version now develops 140 kW. is only three percent power compared with the unit, but this goes in hand with a ten percent in torque – 440 Nm instead of 400.

All 5 Sprinter engines boast high torque and thus pulling power, which them a perfect match for the new ECO six-speed manual transmission, has a very low ratio for first and a very high sixth-gear

This makes low, engine speeds possible travelling at high road without impairing the ability to set off on

A very crisp first ratio assists the driver manoeuvring and facilitates slow without unnecessary clutch As a result, the shortest of the three standard final gear can be dropped. However, the factory offers it for special applications.

On the hand, Mercedes-Benz has further the safety features. ESP® stabilisation, adaptive brake heated wide-angle mirror, positioned fog lamps and an automatic with start-off assist are the that have now been to the Sprinter’s comprehensive safety

Two million mark cleared

that the Sprinter continues the career that it took up 15 ago blazing a trail for the big strategic initiative. It certainly need not comparison with its extremely predecessor, the T1, in whose footsteps it followed.

The Sprinter has overtaken the T1 giant strides: the records roughly a million units for the van after 18 years in production, the first-generation Sprinter reached the figure of 1.7 million manufactured in a production run of just eleven through 2006.

Together the more than 400,000 of the second generation that been built to date, the even has cleared the two million in time for its 15th anniversary.

Mercedes sprinter classic 2014
Mercedes sprinter classic 2014
Mercedes sprinter classic 2014
Mercedes sprinter classic 2014
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