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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 was also part of the standard of all Sprinter chassis models up to 3.5 GVW.

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 impressed with high-grade processed with painstaking The Sprinter’s steering wheel now be adjusted for height and reach as an feature.

Extended seat reach and greater headroom made for more freedom of movement. The interior was more sophisticated ever, impressing with a of stowage facilities.

The new exterior with integral wide-angle mirrors on both sides of the were conducive to good vision and thus good Side indicator repeaters installed in the mirror housings for a signalling effect.

Other for the driver included special such as a closing aid for the sliding electric sliding door and, particularly, the innovative Entry and Slide system.

assists mainly drivers of services who often don’t a hand free to operate the When the driver approaches the depending on the direction he comes the driver’s door is unlocked or the door is opened.

When the moves away from his the systems locks the driver’s or closes the sliding door.

set new standards

With its engines the once again established a in the van world.

The unchanged basis was the OM 646 CDI engine with four and 2.15 litres displacement, now in four output levels 62 kW to 110 kW.

Great pulling power at low speed along with efficiency are advantages of these Depending on version they excel with two-stage

Top among the diesel engines was the new OM a V6 with a displacement of

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

If the four-cylinders well known for their technology, the V6 with an aluminium a balancer shaft and two overhead per cylinder bank enhanced the even further.

All diesel were low-pollution units with Euro 4 and EU 4/III and a particulate filter as standard.

Oil interval

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The oil change interval of kilometres was nearly sufficient for a of the globe.

A five-speed automatic transferred power to the rear It was also available for the diesel as special equipment. As standard were connected with a manual transmission with gearshift on the dashboard.

The suspension of the drive vehicle was perfectly to the high engine outputs and the differences between laden and vehicle.

A new transverse leaf made of glass fibre-reinforced was used on the front axle, new parabolic springs were at the rear.

Latest-generation ESP® as

On all models, including the chassis, the Electronic Stability Program – ADAPTIVE ESP® – was standard

In addition to the usual parameters it now mass and centre of gravity. this and other new functions, in situations ADAPTIVE ESP® now respond more sensitively and for control purposes.

An optional of ADAPTIVE ESP® is the start-off which prevents a vehicle unintentionally rolling backwards the driver changes from pedal to accelerator pedal to off on hills.

All Sprinter models on 40.64-cm wheels as standard, being the prerequisite for brake with larger diameters.

A innovation was optional super-single on the rear axle for the 4.49-tonne Compared with twin these tyres, size R 16 C, require less space, weight and increase the loading between the wheel arches in the van. They also rolling resistance.

Further improved safety

The passive safety of the Sprinter was enhanced with the introduction of the new

Every seat was now fitted three-point seat belts and head restraints as well as force limiters; additionally the seat and the outer co-driver’s featured belt tensioners.

The airbag was a standard-fit feature; available: co-driver airbag, bags and windowbags.

Mercedes-Benz the Sprinter at the Dьsseldorf plant van and crewbus) and in Ludwigsfelde outside (single dual cab chassis).

factories set the greatest store by workmanship and long-term quality.

elements of the frame and body are laser-soldered or bonded.

The proportion of sheet metal has increased compared with the previous

Sprinter 4×4 for maximum

At the 2006 Hanover International Show for Commercial Vehicles, showed the new Sprinter 4×4 all-wheel drive for the first

This gave high and handling stability even in conditions.

The permanent all-wheel transmitted the power to the front and axles in normal operation in a split.

Instead of using differential locks, the all-wheel worked together with the Traction System 4ETS. If one or wheels lost traction on ground, they were braked at short intervals.

At the time the drive torque was to the wheel or wheels which had adequate traction.

Customers choose between the standard-fit manual transmission and the five-speed transmission with torque

Innovative alternative drive have a long tradition at and especially in the Sprinter. It is only that in 2008 the new Sprinter was extended by the Sprinter NGT, the with natural gas drive.

on version and use, gas tanks different capacities are available. The of the turbocharged four-cylinder engine 1.8 litre displacement is 115 kW, the maximum is 240 Nm.

The Sprinter NGT with bivalent system operates economically, and with low emissions. Its operating is as much as 30 percent less that of a Sprinter with engine.

With natural gas the can travel a distance of 300 to 450 km, which is adequate for short-range distribution in very ecologically sensitive centres.

Other enhancements

option available from was air suspension rather than coil springs on the rear

ADAPTIVE ESP® was further with adaptive brake which function as a flashing braking signal. Instead of lit, the brake lights for the period during critical and braking.

In September, the Hanover Motor Show Commercial offered a glimpse far into the of Mercedes-Benz Vans. The outstanding was a Sprinter Plug-In Hybrid, an electric motor placed internal combustion engine and transmission.

This innovative had a set of lithium-ion batteries stowed behind the rear axle.

battery technology weighed in at 175 doubling the power-to-weight ratio of the used nickel-metal hydride

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.

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