• Nov 9, 2009
Last year, there were 350 dealers selling Sprinters, but the signs in front of those dealerships had the word "Dodge" on them. Now that Sprinters have been pulled from Chrysler's pipeline, Automotive News reports that Mercedes-Benz has established its own U.S. van subsidiary and is canvassing dealers to sell the hardy haulers.

Of the 165 Mercedes and Freightliner dealers invited to add Sprinters to their lineups, 143 have accepted the call. Even though 14,600 Sprinters were moved through Dodge outlets and another 3,682 by Freightliner, Mercedes set the minimum for its dealers at 30 vans annually to begin with.

If you're looking for a Sprinter, you'll probably be able to find it with a three-pointed star early next year. In the meantime, dealers are creating the necessary showroom space and adding repair bay features to deal with the big boxes.

[Source: Automotive News, sub req'd.]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I saw a Mercedes Sprinter driving up Vista del Mar in El Segundo, CA just the other day. I was a bit surprised it wasn't a dodge.
      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      In the last week I've seen Sprinters with Dodge, M-B and Freightliner badges. Seem to be pretty popular with the work crowd. I must be crazy, but the only Chrysler (sold) vehicle I've wanted since the Magnum died was a Sprinter, preferably set up like the Airstream.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The 2011 Mercedes Benz Sprinter.

      You're more likely to see a Pagani than one of these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This was a knuckle headed move by M-B. These things dont belong in a luxury car dealership. Plus think about service what are the odds that your town will have a dodge dealers compared to Freightliner and M-B dealership. The customer loses here all way round.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What I'm more concerned about is now that Merc dealers are selling them will the price go up because of the logo? To convert our 2004 to Merc logos dealer wanted $500 more to which we said no thanks
      • 5 Years Ago
      if it rolls off a MB lot its probably going to be a high end conversion van, Westy (maybe) or some such. I don't think the dealers want to bother with cargo boxes.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Oddly enough, for a few years now I've been seeing M-B-badged Sprinters on the road (in the US).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Somehow I don't think FedEx has been applying badge-kits, and there's been Mercedes Sprinter FedEx vans delivering packages in Canada for a few years now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Benz conversions have been very popular on Sprinters since Freightliner and then Dodge started selling them here. It's a matter of replacing the grille and a couple of badges.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just to add to my previous post. What would be really cool would be if Westfalia did a camper van conversion.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks Phil. You said what I was gonna say. Though I have to admit I only know this because I hit the Airstream site once in a while when I'm fantasizing about trailers I can't justify paying for.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They do. Kind of.

        I actually learned a little bit of interestign info while researching my response. I knew I had seen camper versions of the Sprinters before, but on Wikipedia, I learned something additional.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westfalia

        quote: - "In 1999, DaimlerChrysler purchased a 49% stake in Westfalia-Werke's van conversion division, and in 2001 absorbed the remaining 51%. Of course, since DaimlerChrysler is a Volkswagen competitor, this spelled the end of the Volkswagen-Westfalia partnership. While Volkswagen still offers pop-top camper conversions in Europe, they now do the conversion themselves. Meanwhile, Westfalia now makes high-roof (rather than pop-top) factory camper conversions for Mercedes vans (distributed in the U.S. by Airstream and badged as Dodge Sprinters)." -

        Here's a link to one of their cenversions.

        http://www.airstream.com/products/2010-fleet/touring-coaches/interstate.html
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who needs Sprinters, when you can have a Ducato at half the price next year, which is just as durable, just as reliable and in all other aspects just as good. 70% of all camper conversions in Europe are based on a Ducato chassis.

      The Ram lineup will only get better once Fiat Professional and Iveco are sold in the US under the Ram brand. They'll probable get things from the Fiorini ultra small delivery car up to the top of the line Iveco 18 wheelers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How bout it VW...its time for the US intro of the Volkswagen Crafter (twin to Sprinter) ..Das Auto
        • 5 Years Ago
        @adrenalnjunky: That is so full of win. :D
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