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Mercedes Breaks Ground for First US Van Assembly Plant

Other plans, including an electric Sprinter, may be in the works.

by on Jul.28, 2016

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has traditionally been big with contractors, but is gaining demand from e-commerce.

While Daimler AG may best be known for luxurious passenger vehicles like the all-new 2017 Mercedes-Benz E-Class and the SL roadster, there’s another side to the maker’s ledger sheet. It also lays claims to being the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, about 850,000 of them last year alone.

And it’s bound and determined to grow that business, starting with the U.S. market. It will clearly help when, in a few years, it will be able to start producing the big Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van from a plant going up on the north side of Charleston, South Carolina. That will end the costly dependence on bringing partially assembled bodies in from Germany and then finish them in Charleston.

Keep on Truckin'!

The lower costs could help make Mercedes more competitive in what has turned out to be a fast-growing U.S. market for European-style vans. But the maker is also looking at other ways to boost sales. The factory will be flexible enough to assemble the smaller Mercedes Metris van. And the maker is looking at other options, including possible battery-electric versions of those vans.

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Mercedes Readies Metris for Major Market Push

Maker offering van for less than $30,000.

by on Jul.27, 2016

Mercedes-Benz is looking to expand its spot in the newly hot midsize van market with a sub-$30k Metris.

Mercedes-Benz is planning to bring out an additional version of the midsized Metris van as its expands its portfolio of vans that can be used to carry passengers, cargo or tools for under $30,000.

The Mercedes-Benz Van line-up in the U.S. now include the Metris Worker, said Mathias Geisen, the head of MBUSA’s van marketing effort, said during a presentation at the Daimler AG van plant in Charleston, S.C., which is now used to re-assemble vans built in Germany.

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Daimler announced last year it intended to build a $500 million assembly plant to make Sprinter vans in the U.S. to take advantage of the expansion of the market for “Euro” vans in the U.S. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Introducing U.S. to the Metris

German maker jumps into the compact cargo van segment.

by on Mar.04, 2015

Mercedes-Benz plans to jump into the growing cargo van segment in the U.S. with its new Metris model.

Mercedes is set to become the latest maker to enter the fast-growing U.S. compact cargo van segment – and like rivals such as Ford and Fiat Chrysler, the German maker will turn to a European design.

The Mercedes-Benz Metris is the new U.S. name for the Vito van sold in other parts of the world – and the downsized sibling of the big Mercedes Sprinter van that has been available to commercial buyers for a few years now.

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It targets a niche that a growing number of manufacturers have been successfully exploiting with products such as the Nissan NV200 and the latest-generation Ford Transit Connect. (more…)

Mission Metris: Mercedes Shows Options for New, Midsize Van at SEMA Show

German maker brings four concepts to Las Vegas.

by on Nov.04, 2014

Mercedes brought its DJ van, developed in partnership with RENNtech, to SEMA.

With the upcoming launch of its new Metris model, Mercedes-Benz becomes the latest maker to enter the growing U.S. midsize van market. And to give potential buyers a sense of the flexibility designed into the Metris, the German maker is showcasing four projects vans at this week’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The American version of the global Mercedes Vito van which go on sale about a year from now, giving customers some time to think about all the possible variations, including those “Mission Metris” concepts ranging from a small fire truck to a DJ van.

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“It is only logical that we take a global approach and also expand our successful vans business in the USA,” said Bernie Glaser, the executive who oversees sales in the American market of the new Metris and other Mercedes vans, such as the big Sprinter. (more…)