• Apr 15th 2010 at 5:32PM
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Travelers across American can expect to see a new addition to the airport rental, parking and hotel shuttle fleets with the availability of a new version of the familiar Sprinter from Daimler Vans USA. The new shuttle version differs from the existing passenger van with the installation of a hinged, bus-style passenger door that can be remotely activated by the driver.

The long body, high roof van is available in four seating configurations including the familiar perimeter style of airport shuttles or a commuter version with 16 forward-facing seats and an aisle down the middle with two seats on one side and a single seat on the other. Naturally, the existing cargo, chassis cab and passenger Sprinters remain available.

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Daimler Vans USA Launches Fourth Sprinter Model

Sprinter Shuttle Van Seats Up to 16 Passengers


Daimler Vans USA is launching its fourth new Sprinter model - the Shuttle Van, which joins the Cargo Van, Passenger Van and Chassis Cab. Complete with many Mercedes-Benz safety and convenience features, the low-floor Sprinter Shuttle Van seats up to 16 passengers. The fuel-efficient Sprinter Shuttle Van is the ideal size for use by airports, limousine services, rental car agencies and residential care and community shuttles. Shuttle Van standard equipment includes an electrically operated split-entry door and step to make it easy on passengers with luggage, with air suspension that ensures automatic vehicle leveling, regardless of the load. All Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinters are powered by a 3.0-liter V6 diesel that gets 30 percent better fuel economy than a comparable gasoline engine.

Four Versatile Configurations

The Sprinter Shuttle Van is available with a choice of four seating configurations:

Airport Shuttle - Perimeter seating for 15 passengers, plus driver as well an 80-inch 2-tier luggage rack.

Commuter Shuttle - Forward-facing seating for 16 passengers, plus driver and optional video equipment with monitors ranging from 11- to 17-inches.

Hotel Shuttle - Forward-facing seating for 15 passengers, plus driver and rear luggage area with fixed dividing wall.

Paratransit Shuttle - Available with side or rear wheelchair lift, the ADAcompliant shuttle offers multiple wheelchair positions and forward-facing seating for up to 8 passengers, plus driver.

Mercedes-Benz Safety

Every Sprinter comes with the safety features people have come to expect from Mercedes- Benz - ADAPTIVE ESP stability and rollover control, ABS anti-lock brakes, Brake Assist and traction control. The driver and front passenger seats are equipped with standard multi-stage front air bags, and side curtain and torso air bags are optionally available. Other options include Bi-Xenon headlights, a tire pressure monitoring system and a Parktronic parking aid.

All Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinters are equipped with five-speed automatic transmissions, four-wheel disc brakes and independent strut suspension with coil springs in front as well as a solid axle with leaf springs at the rear. Several choices of springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars provide just the right suspension for each version of the Sprinter van.

Four Sprinter Models with Hundreds of Custom-Tailored Versions:

With the launch of the new Shuttle Van, four Sprinter models are now available through Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner dealers:

Cargo Van - Available in three different body lengths and two roof heights, the popular Sprinter cargo van is already a familiar sight across the U.S. Used by diverse businesses from freight delivery services and dry cleaners to florists and gourmet caterers, the cargo van features a best-in-class payload capacity of 5,375 pounds and cargo capacity of up to 547 cubic feet. The van also boasts the largest side- and reardoor openings as well as the lowest load floor and step-in height of any full-size van.

Chassis Cab - A highly flexible platform or "stake-body" van, the Sprinter chassis cab can be finished as a tradesman's tool and parts vehicle or an agri-farming flatbed. Available in two wheelbase lengths, the chassis cab platform can also accommodate the installation of special cargo boxes ranging from motor homes and medical emergency units to full kitchens and refrigerated compartments.

Passenger Van - With four rows of seats for up to 12 occupants (each fitted with an individual three-point seat belt and head restraint), the Sprinter passenger van is intended for airport, residential care and community service shuttles as well as limousine services. Sprinter passenger vans can be ordered in two different wheelbases and two roof heights.

Shuttle Van - Larger than the Passenger Van but similar in design, the Shuttle Van features four different seating configurations for up to 16 passengers, plus their luggage. A paratransit version comes with multiple wheelchair positions and a choice of side or rear wheelchair lifts.

Both the cargo and passenger vans feature a side-door opening that's 51 inches wide and 59 inches high, with a 71-inch height on high-roof versions. At the same time, their step-in height is only 19.9 inches. The Shuttle Van has a power-operated split-entry door and step that's 38 inches wide.

About the Sprinter Van

The highly successful Mercedes-Benz Sprinter made its European debut in 1995, and a newgeneration Sprinter was launched globally in 2006. Since 2001, the Sprinter has been sold in the U.S. by Freightliner, the industry's leading manufacturer of medium and heavy-duty trucks in North America.

Mercedes-Benz USA began offering the Sprinter line through select Mercedes-Benz dealers in 2010. Both MBUSA and Freightliner are divisions of Daimler AG, the world's largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. In the U.S., the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is targeted toward small businesses, while the Freightliner version continues to be available to its established customer base of commercial vehicle operators. Sprinter cargo vans and passenger vans are produced in Düsseldorf, Germany, while Sprinter cab chassis vehicles are made in Ludwigsfelde.

About Daimler Vans USA

Located in Montvale, NJ, Daimler Vans USA, LLC is an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC responsible for sales and marketing of Sprinter commercial vehicles in the U.S. Marking the return of the three-pointed star to the U.S. light-duty commercial vehicle market, Daimler Vans USA markets the Sprinter van line through a network of Freightliner and select Mercedes-Benz dealerships. More information on Sprinter vans can be found at www.freightlinersprinterusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      These ARE sold as Mercedes-Benz Sprinters! They are all over the San Diego and they are sold by Mercedes-Benz dealers with Mercedes grills, etc. This is a Mercedes van.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is actually not smart... the 16 passenger configuration requires a CDL which restricts the ability for many operations to just have anybody drive a shuttle in a responsible manner (ie Hotels, Car Rental Agencies, etc.) to and from an airport.

      Sprinters were available with this same configuration, except the Passenger seat up front was replaced with a small Luggage Bench. This ment the 15 Passenger maximum a standard Drivers License could drive this vehicle.

      Either ways, nothing new... just now being sold under Mercedes instead of Dodge or Freightliner.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quick! Someone call the Duggars!
        • 5 Years Ago
        What's the point? It's even too small for THEM!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Haven't I seen these all over the place already? Maybe they just added an existing 3rd party customization to the options list?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the whole airport shuttle config may be new, but mainly it looks like that side door. They could be eying the RV aftermarket as well, replacing the bus doors with a typical RV door.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No seat belts?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised they didn't bold on a screen door from a 1950's era house. Couldn't a more custom door have been used that flushes with the body?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I see Sprinters ALL OVER the place. They have proven to be incredibly popular in my area. I see them in all sorts of services and configurations.

      I remember talking to a guy who got one back when they were released here in the US as a Freightliner and all he drove before were full size Chevy vans. He said the Sprinter was a million times better than any of his old vans, said it drove better and got much better gas mileage and was much more useful.

      Ford needs to speed it up and bring the Transit here and ditch the ancient Econoline.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Ford needs to speed it up and bring the Transit here and ditch the ancient Econoline."

        Ford already sells the Transit here, I see several here in Orlando daily.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I meant the full size Transit which isn't available here The smaller Transit Connect which is already available here is what you see daily.

        Check out Ford UK's website to see what I mean.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No longer Mercedes Sprinter?
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