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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans are currently enjoying impressive sales. Wards Auto is reporting that the Silver Arrow is on track to nearly double the diesel workhorse's sales this year. Deliveries through May are up 102.1 percent compared to the same time a year ago, bringing the total to 5,185 units. Last year, Mercedes-Benz sold 8,600 Sprinter vehicles. Right now, 108 of the 353 Mercedes-Benz dealerships sell the Sprinter along with a handful of Freightliner dealers, though that number is growing. The vans were previously sold by Chrysler as Dodge products. That changed when the smallest of the Big Three jumped into bed with Fiat.

The passenger van starts at $39,000 and boasts 24 option packages and 200 stand-alone options. As a result, the vehicle is beginning to gain traction with chauffer services and families with more children than sense.


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      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      Meanwhile VW is unaware this market exists in the US.
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You know that the Sprinter is a coproduction between VW and Mercedes they delevop and build it together since 1995. VW had so far no plant in the USA to rebuild their Crafter (VW´s version of the Sprinter) in the USA... there is the Chicken law... Mercedes builds the Sprinter in Germany than they take it appart send it to the USA and there they rebuild it to get around the chicken law..
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford needs to get their new vans on the road ASAP. Thy currently dominate the market but they need to follow the Sprinter model in the US, diesels and high roofs.
      Fixitfixitstop
      • 3 Years Ago
      "That changed when the smallest of the Big Three jumped into bed with Fiat." I thought it changed as soon as Daimler sold off Chrysler, which is not the same time as the Fiat entanglement.
      CarCrazy24
      • 3 Years Ago
      We have a 2011 Model for family outings and long distance trips...love the performance, the ride, the quality, but most of all the diesel's 25mpg on the highway, and nearly 700 mile range! Wish the standard rear rows of seats were more comfortable though, they're rock hard. Good thing I get the driver seat =)
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is more proof that the economy is slowly getting better. Sprinters are almost invariably bought by businesses for work-related activities. There are a lot less Suburbanite wanna-be cowboys driving around in these Sprinters compared to pickups, so if their sales are up 102% from last year, that means companies are seeing an increase in activity which is of course a good thing. I would be curious to see what Ford's Transit and Nissan's new NV sales are like.
      Andrew
      • 3 Years Ago
      "...families with more children than sense." Nice little jab at people raising the future taxpayers who will be supporting this country if it's still around in 50 years. Go ahead liberals, contracept and sterilize yourselves out of existence; we'll gladly replace you with big, happy families who are open to life and understand that more people are a benefit to the earth, not a scourge upon it. By the way, when we load our Sprinter vans with 12 kids, we'll be getting, what, about 200 passenger miles per gallon? How does that compare to one self-righteous jerk in a Prius, or any form of public transportation?
        tantareanujellob
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        You give stupid a bad name.
        Avinash Machado
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        What about welfare moms? Or that Octo-Mom in California?
        throwback
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Not sure when small families became a "liberal" thing. I must have missed the memo.
        Jameskey
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        +1- Zach, it's a free country and you can say what you like, but please leave your political agenda at the door. With respect, nobody wants to hear your opinions on anything except cars.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Andrew, you just don't get it.
        Andrew
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        Are you an absolute retard? One of the worlds biggest problems IS overpopulation. If anything, idiots like you should be sterilized immediately.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Andrew
        [blocked]
      ManOnFire
      • 3 Years Ago
      "more children than sense"? Just because some people prefer to have larger families and/or not abort their babies does not mean they lack sense. That is just a very nonsensical statement.
      dankoehler2000
      • 3 Years Ago
      "More kids then sense". That really is a stupid comment by a left coast idiot. I wonder if this liberal would ever have the nerve to say that to the third world population? You know, the ones that are exploding by the billions and all want to move here. I don't think so. He's to busy helping get them medicine to save their 10th child.
        Mad_Science
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dankoehler2000
        I'm now suspecting there's some right-wing huge family blog/forum that's linked to this post. Y'all need to chill.
        JAD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dankoehler2000
        Not quite what he meant......how about considering Zach's comment in a satirical manner? "My hands are full with all of these kids! ", "these kids are driving me senseless"......if you need 6 seats for your children, then you are more than likely losing your mind with all of those children, more so than a couple that has 1 child or 2. Don't think everything is about you, or about politics. RELAX.
      Greg
      • 3 Years Ago
      I happened to have come from one of those "more kids than sense families". I am a medical doctor, just starting my residency, I have three sibilings who are medical doctors, and three sisters who have PhDs. But sorry, I didn't realize I was supposed to be living off welfare, and leaching off your hard earned taxes Zach. Next time keep your ignorant left wing comments to yourself.
        Mad_Science
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        I, too come from a big family (only 4 kids, though). Maybe somewhere between 4 and 7 kids is where "extremely touchy" becomes a family value.
        wiccadways
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        Interesting- big hate for the guy who uses the phrase "more kids than sense", but then a full-force leap into the "you must be left-wing and ignorant" arguement. Well, I agree with the author's sarcasm and understand why he said it. And I don't even have a PhD. But I must be an ignorant left-winger too, then, because I don't believe you "have three sibilings who are medical doctors, and three sisters who have PhDs". And for the record, Archimedes, it's leeching, not leaching...
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        As a medical doctor, I am sure you will be able to help me find where in Zach's post he mentioned welfare or tax dollars, or implied that you should be siphoning them. I am sure we are all proud of yours and your siblings' academic achievements, but that has little to do with overpopulation issues. Even if every child born was a doctor, if everyone chose to reproduce at the rate your parents did, demand for the earth's essential resources (water, cropland, etc) would outstrip supply in a generation. Now that's a lot of hungry, thirsty doctors living veeeerry close to each other! FYI, in case you didn't learn it in med school, doctors consume as much of the world's finite resources as anyone else (many would argue more).
          Llabnivlac
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          Should we be living under population laws such as those which limit reproduction in China? Make it a crime and a societal shame to have a Third? (Yes, that's an Orson Scott Card reference.) Why not start a Lottery too, then we can experience a negative growth in population. Perhaps the wiser course of action would be to have better conservation of the resources we use now, usage of more efficient crop growing methods and exploration for alternative fuels. The author Zach Bowman referenced having a lack of "sense" in relation to the number of children one creates. Lacking sense tends to make one unsuccessful (although not in all circumstances) and therefore more likely to be receiving social assistance. Oh, and since we're on the subject, I am *not* a medical doctor.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Greg
        [blocked]
          Greg
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes, because perfect spelling on autoblog is an essential part of my job, in fact not spelling "leeching" correctly on autoblog puts patient's lives in danger. By the way, my first language is not English. "What is funny is that he is a cocky little jerk and the sad thing is some MBA like myself will come along and take all of his money one day" Well that was kind of random. Care to reel against the medical profession with another random rant, or shall we conclude you are angry because you failed to live up to your surgeon dad's expectations and never got into medical school?
          Gubbins
          • 3 Years Ago
          Some very smart people in history haven't been the best spellers---Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill for example. is that "scary" too?
      NightFlight
      • 3 Years Ago
      This isn't surprising at all given the Sprinter's competition. The GM vans are utter garbage, and the Econoline is dated and gets terrible fuel economy. The Sprinter drives fantastic for what it is, and they ride very comfortable. My company has a fleet of six Sprinter vans which replaced all of our Econolines for our "critical" equipment transportation. All of our drivers like the Sprinter vans better, and they are getting MUCH better mileage. We have one from 2002 that has over 680,000 miles (as of about six months ago when I last asked), and a 2003 with over 500,000 miles and both are on the original engine and transmission. The departments director said he won't sell the 2002 until it completely dies, he says it is his experiment.
      desinerd1
      • 3 Years Ago
      It does look like a Dodge vehicle from outside, but inside it has Benz written all over it. Does it come as a RV?
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        It's always been a Mercedes-Benz product, whether it's been labeled a Mercedes-Benz, a Freightliner, or a Dodge.
        Robert Ryan
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Winnebago amongst others build small motorhomes( 25-26ft) on the Sprinter. They also build a Class A the Via on the
        HuskerBadger
        • 3 Years Ago
        @desinerd1
        Does it come as a RV? There are a handful of conversion companies that will do the work. BTW, I remember when Dodge originally came out with this. They were nearly impossible to get and even used ones with a few thousand miles were selling for close to sticker.
      AnchorVans
      • 3 Years Ago
      No wonder! It's a wicked van! http://usedvans4sale.com
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