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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.

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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.


Mercedes-Benz Planning $500 mil US Van Plant

South Carolina facility to handle Sprinter, Metris models.

by on Mar.06, 2015

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

Mercedes-Benz will invest about $500 million to open a new commercial van plant in the suburbs of Charleston, South Carolina, creating more than 1,300 new jobs in the process.

The facility will handle both the big Sprinter van and the smaller Mercedes-Benz Metris model announced earlier in the week. Company officials told that the investment was triggered by a surge in the U.S. van market which reflects the overall rebound of the American economy and, in particular, the boom in e-commerce.

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“The e-commerce business has really grown tremendously…and shows much bigger opportunities in the future” for van sales, said Volker Mornhingweg, the head of the German maker’s truck operations.


Ford Aims to Build Interest in Work Vans with New Transit

Automakers adding a little style – and lots of functionality.

by on Apr.30, 2014

The new Ford Transit van with Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon and Ford President of the Americas Joe Hinrichs.

It’s probably no surprise that Ford has put a lot more effort into heralding the launch of the new 2015 Mustang than into its new Transit and Transit Connect models. Vans are the automotive equivalent of Rodney Dangerfield. They get no respect, at least not from consumers.

But it’s a different story when it comes to business owners, and that means auto manufacturers like Ford love these vehicles because they generate consistent sales – and solid profits.

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The full-size van “is an extremely important product for us,” said Joe Hinrichs, Ford’s President of the Americas, as he watched the official roll-out of the first of the new full-size Transit models on Wednesday at the maker’s Kansas City Assembly Plant.


McBlog: On Connecting With Transits

Why our intrepid columnist has begun a love affair with Ford’s Transit Connect.

by on Nov.29, 2010

Flexibility was a major reason for the Ford Transit Connect's 2010 North American Truck of the Year win.

Odd though it may seem, I am smitten with the Ford Transit Connect.

First, there’s the name. Two words with individual meanings that seem rather specific. “Transit:” getting from one place to another. And “connect:” hooking up, joining. But together they seem like one of those oddly printed word pairs you run across on the internet — decipher and type it correctly in a box and you gain the access you seek. A sly metaphor maybe?

Then there’s the look of Ford’s Transit Connect. High in the brow. Purposeful. Busy. Replete with elfin usefulness. Over-achieving (seeming to say “I may be small but look what I can do!”). I like that in a vehicle.

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And versatility. It’s a chunk of balsa wood – make what you want of it. Versatility, changeability. Those are the appealing traits of another vehicle I am drawn to, ex-Dodge now Mercedes — or Freightliner – the Sprinter. Similar character, different sizes.

The two beg you to bend them to your specific needs. Create a mobile office in their interior. Or a living space. Or tote specific things carried in specific ways. The Sage Bakery in Santa Fe, after running through a variety of tricked-out minivans and trucklets with purpose-designed interiors for wide-flung deliveries of their unique and special breads are now delighted with their new Ford van-truck transiting connectors. A perfect fit. (Mm. Think I’ll go connect with a cinnamon bun.)