With some four million units sold worldwide, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van could be said to have celebrated the 25th anniversary of its introduction in style.
Now, with the expansion of its range to include the introduction of the all-electric eSprinter, the process of development continues sufficient to suggest that the next 25 years will be equally successful.
Popular amongst food, drinks and pharma companies, trades people, courier and package delivery specialists, maintenance, repair and business-to-business fleet operators, the iconic Sprinter continues to be regarded as the workhorse of the Mercedes-Benz light commercial vehicles fleet.
Greg Kinahan, Dealer Principle of Kinahan Commercials Ltd. in Westmeath has been in business for over 40 years as an official Mercedes-Benz Dealership. During this time, they have seen the popularity of the Sprinter unfold before their eyes, becoming their most popular vehicle to date. The Sprinter has made a name for itself with local businesses such as DPD, Budcar, Lesrono Logistics, Matrix Bathrooms and most recently, Elvery Sports.
“The Sprinter and Vito vans epitomise the qualities customers expect from Mercedes-Benz. With its class-leading qualities and 25 years of successful operation to draw upon, and an impressive ‘who’s who’ of customers, Sprinter representatives and users can look forward together with confidence to another 25 years of successful operation,” Head of Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales division in Ireland is Fergus Conheady, commented.
One major development has been the recent arrival here of the new, more spacious all-electric eSprinter offering an option that allows fleet owners to demonstrate eco-friendly credentials.
Its electric power unit has peak output of 85 kW and up to 300 Nm torque. Battery capacity of 35 kWh (installed: 41 kWh ) delivers usable factory-quoted figures of 120kms. It can be charged from 10 to 80 per cent in just 70 minutes or over a more extended six hours using a standard 7.4 kW street/fuel station charge point. Maximum speed can be configured to suit the task in hand with top speed set at either 80 km/h, 100 km/h or 120 km/h.
Geared to counteract the problems of increasing urbanisation, growing traffic levels, stricter air purity requirements and demands for sustainable mobility, the eSprinter, with its smaller eVito mid-sized stablemate, is the product of a €500m investment by Mercedes-Benz to create more eco-friendly vehicles.
In a further comment spoken on behalf of his Mercedes-Benz team and their dealers, Fergus Conheady expressed gratitude to their many customers whose support and loyalty has helped Sprinter reach what he said is “this very significant milestone in its history”.
For more information call Kinahan Commercials on (090 ) 6481326 or Ger Carey on (086 ) 0447624.