Sprinter van steers Mercedes-Benz to successful year

Mercedes-Benz in Ireland has 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 with 166,473 units sold - an increase on the previous year’s figure of 165,916 units.

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

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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