Limited edition Sprinter to celebrate 20th anniversary
Mercedes-Benz has introduced a limited edition Sprinter to mark its 20th anniversary, celebrating the sale of more than 300,000 Sprinter vans in the UK since its launch in 1995.
From the day of its launch in April 1995 until the end of June 2015, a total of 327,201 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have been sold in the UK, of which 69,457 were the genre-defining Sprinter 313 CDI MWB.
To commemorate the milestone, the Sprinter 20th anniversary edition van will get special 'Sprinter 20' badging on the front wing and be limited to a maximum of 1,200 vans.
More than 250,000 of the Sprinter models sold have been panel vans, with 71,769 chassis cab variants making up the numbers. While those might seem like large numbers, the Sprinter factory capacity in Dusseldorf is 745 units a day, equating to 214,560 unit per year.
Sprinter vans have established themselves as a favourite of home delivery firms, such as Ocado, Sainsbury's, Morrison's, DPD, Yodel, DHL and Parcelforce, as well as construction and plant companies, like HSS Hire and A-Plant. They also have a strong presence in utilities businesses, including Cappagh and EEG, 100% of ambulance trusts across the country and ice-cream vans.
Steve Bridge, managing director for Mercedes-Benz Vans, said: "From introducing ESP in 1995, offering the driver airbag as standard in 2000, launching Crosswind Assist in 2013, and most recently becoming the first manufacturer in the world to equip all new vans as standard with Rescue Assist QR code stickers, we have never sat still."
In the first month of sales (April 1995), there were 56 Sprinter models sold. The top sales month since has been September 2013, with 4,217 sold, although this record is expected to be broken in September 2015.