The truth is, we talk a lot about how great a Mercedes-Benz S-Class or a Bentley Mulsanne or a Rolls-Royce Phantom would be for a cross-country drive mainly because they're far, far sexier than the real kings of the long-distance haul: vans.

Yes, whether it's as simple as a minivan or something more elaborate, like a conversion van, these box-shaped haulers are the undisputed kings of moving a family and their stuff about comfortably, efficiently and across great distances. At the very tip-top of this segment is this, the Airstream Autobahn, a heavily modified Mercedes Sprinter that will quite happily shame any other conversion van by offering veritable acres of space in an S-Class-rivaling interior.

The Autobahn takes the standard Sprinter and adds plenty of wood and leather, along with tech items, including a pair of refrigerators, a 32-inch LCD television complete with Blu-Ray, Apple TV and Pandora radio. Each seat, meanwhile, has its own powered footrest, along with a 120-volt outlet and a USB outlet, as well as the obligatory heating functions. The window shades are power operated (naturally). Finally, just about everything in the cabin can be controlled via laptop, cellphone or tablet (provided there's an internet connection).

As we said, there aren't many better ways to shuffle a lot of people across a vast distance than this beast. Take a look below for the official press release, as well as a pair of images of the new Autobahn.
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AIRSTREAM INTRODUCES AUTOBAHN® – AN ALL-NEW LUXURY PASSENGER VAN

Airstream and Mercedes-Benz Launch Vehicle with Innovative Personal Comfort and Productivity Features at Mercedes-Benz Sprinter National Dealer Meeting

June 05, 2014 - Jackson Center, Ohio

Airstream, maker of the iconic silver-bullet travel trailers, has unveiled its all-new luxury passenger van – the Airstream Autobahn® – a vehicle that delivers a new standard in VIP travel. Through its ongoing collaboration with Mercedes-Benz, Airstream combines its signature quality and design with individualized comfort, convenience and productivity in this new category-creating platform.

First introduced at the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter national dealer meeting this week, the Autobahn stays true to Airstream's heritage of aircraft inspired design and innovation. Taking cues from the private jet experience, the Autobahn offers a sleek, sophisticated interior, expansive space and handcrafted furnishings. With seating for eight, the Autobahn includes the advanced Airstream Smart Control System™ for a flawless passenger experience.

"Airstream continues to set the industry standard for unparalleled luxury travel, a strategy further enhanced by our partnership with Mercedes-Benz," said Airstream CEO and President Bob Wheeler. "Whether your VIP is a professional client or family member, we are creating a new category that delivers an exclusive level of focus on individual passenger comfort and convenience."

With its carefully designed professional and personal functionality, the Autobahn also takes aim at the commercial market, targeting companies that cater to affluent travelers.

Design & Luxury
The Autobahn is equipped with a power entry sliding door that open onto a well-appointed cabin with a stunning array of finishes, materials and amenities including durable wood trim, leather seating, dual refrigerators and individualized controls to enhance the passenger experience.

Each position in the main cabin includes a power footrest, heated seating and power outlets (120v and USB) along with a workspace equipped with a functional desk.

Productivity & Convenience
Autobahn comes standard with the innovative Airstream Smart Control™ System providing centralized control for all main cabin lighting, shades, heating and air conditioning through the user's smart device. The system also controls onboard entertainment, with state-of-the-art electronics including a 32 inch LCD TV screen, Blu-Ray player, Pandora, and an Apple TV box with Air Play functionality. The Airstream Smart Control System can be operated through the vehicle's onboard electronics, any web-enabled smart device (including smart phones & tablets) and laptops with wireless capabilities.

Safety
Superior safety features include collision prevention assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot assist, front and rear parking assist, headlight high beam assist and more.

Beyond the reassuring coverage of the three year/36,000-mile warranty, the Autobahn is supported by the premier coast-to-coast Mercedes-Benz dealer network and the Mercedes-Benz Club of America.

Airstream first began its collaboration with Mercedes-Benz with the launch of the Airstream Interstate in 2004. The Interstate remains the top selling Type B motorhome model for the third year in a row.

The Airstream Autobahn is now available and will be sold exclusively through Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealers across the nation. For more information visit www.airstreamautobahn.com or contact your local Mercedes-Benz Sprinter dealer.

About Airstream
Airstream, manufacturer of the iconic "silver bullet" travel trailer, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Following founder Wally Byam's credo, "Let's not make changes, let's only make improvements," Airstream has remained a timeless classic. Byam's vision for Airstream trailers was to use these design- and quality-driven products to allow people to dream, travel and explore the open road. A subsidiary of Thor Industries, Airstream is based in Jackson Center, Ohio, where a team of craftsmen remains dedicated to preserving the brand's legendary reputation for quality and innovation. For more information, please visit www.airstream.com, call 877-596-6111 or contact Airstream, Inc., 419 West Pike Street, P.O. Box 629, Jackson Center, Ohio 45334.

More news about Airstream, our dealers and current travel trailer and touring coach models can be found at www.Airstream.com. For the latest news on Airstream, "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @Airstream_Inc.. You can also stay connected with adventure-loving techies and learn about inspiring on-the-road experiences through Airstream's Live Riveted Mobile App.

About Mercedes-Benz USA
Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty CLA-Class four-door coupe to the flagship S-Class and the SLS AMG GT.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes- Benz Sprinter Vans, and smart products in the U.S. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com. Accredited journalists can visit our media site at www.media.mbusa.com.


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      Trent
      • 6 Months Ago
      That interior is nothing short of perfection for the long haul.
      andy_george
      • 6 Months Ago
      We have an Explorer conversion on a GMC Savana chassis. Vans, and especially conversion vans, are an awesome vehicle to cover lots of ground fast and comfortably. But that doesn't mean I wouldn't rather make 4 separate trips to get the whole family to the destination in a new ZO6. :)
      theguyinthemustang
      • 3 Months Ago

      This is sure to be a very nice people mover....But is it really worth $133,000?


      I think not.

      Brodz
      • 6 Months Ago
      "there aren't many better ways to shuffle a lot of people across a vast distance than this beast. " We call them planes, trains, and busses.
      dacelbot
      • 6 Months Ago
      Nice. What would be even cooler to me would be if someone would make something like this out of a large truck, like a fancy Yukon/Escalade or Sequoia or whatever but larger(3500 or so, to use pickup terminology) and thus the better looks, 4wd, and towing capability. With a really powerful engine. Make it a plug in hybrid, too; I bet you could get really good electric range with the huge batteries you could fit in, plus a gas motor.
        Generalhh
        • 6 Months Ago
        @dacelbot
        They tried it was called an excursion built on the ford f-250 platform. One problem is SUV ride way to high and are not wide enough. Our family owns a Coporate bus rental and long term leasing company and this sector is hot right now. Lots of people are using these minibus/luxry coaches. Its simple to see now why they are popular. (less than 16 total seats most state dont require a special license). You can move 6-14 people easy at a cot that is far lower than air transport and much cheaper. And for example executive teams making multiple site visits over a region love these options. Imagine you own 15 locations in a region and need to visit them
      Hyceinth
      • 6 Months Ago
      It looks like Mortuary Hearse to me. Mercedes can be funny sometimes but they have great interior decoration for their cars. I heard Police in Dubai now patrol the stress in Bugatti Veyron http://www.airvibez.com/dubai-police-now-patrol-streets-bugatti-veyron/
      funguy6713
      • 6 Months Ago
      As an RV it's reasonably priced at $130K. The local M-B dealer by me started selling these and I would definitely consider this as a retirement vehicles to travel North America...
      IBx27
      • 6 Months Ago
      That's a pedestrian luxury conversion. You want executive? Midwest Automotive Designs Mobile Office. http://www.midwestautomotivedesigns.com/?page=model&model=13
      Koushiro Izumi
      • 6 Months Ago
      Are those.......wood floors? Impressive.
      Niky
      • 6 Months Ago
      I missed or they forgot the PRICE! Would have been nice. It does look nice but if it's a normal Sprinter like the delivery company uses it's an underpowered four cylinder diesel. But good luck with that.
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Niky
        Niky they are using the 6 cyl turbo diesel with 320+ft. torque. starting is about 130k
      Oglesby Thomas
      • 6 Months Ago
      My '09 Cadillac DTS from Dallas to Las Angeles, so far has been my most comfortable road trip car. Sure, there are better, but this thing to me is still like cloud 9 during long distance driving.
      Cruising
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm in love.
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