Sprinter van steers Mercedes-Benz to successful year

Mercedes-Benz in Ireland have welcomed figures showing that 2008 was another successful year for Mercedes-Benz global van sales.

Despite the international downturn, Mercedes-Benz sold 287,205 vans worldwide, an achievement just marginally below the 2007 peak year figure of 289,073 units.

The Sprinter Van series made the largest contribution to total sales with 166,473 units sold - an increase on the previous year figure of 165,916 units.

Vito and Viano sales were stable at 98,466 units, a reduction of less than 1% on the previous year.

Commenting, Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Sales Manager Fergus Conheady said ‘released in a month when Mercedes-Benz in Ireland topped the heavy commercial vehicles sales league, these figures demonstrate the demand that exists for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles in world markets, even in the current economic climate.’

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