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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.


Ford Transit Helps Conquer Commercial Truck World

New van comes in 58 different configurations to suit everyone.

by on Jul.09, 2014

The 2015 Ford Transit can be configured 58 different ways, including two wheelbases, to allow it to meet the needs of the commercial vehicle market.

Over the years, the Ford Motor Co. has outflanked its rivals by quietly conquering the world of work.

In the U.S., roughly 41% of the vehicles used for commercial purposes. It’s a broad category that includes airport shuttle vans as well as vehicles used by government agencies, mining companies, energy companies, and at construction sites and on farms, are now built by Ford. In addition, 20% of all vehicles sold around the world are used commercially so staying on top is a strategic priority for the company.

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So Ford has invested $1.3 billion dollars in the development of a replacement for the big commercial E- Series van, which, with few changes, has been a mainstay of the Ford fleet for a half-century, and the best-selling commercial van used by plumbers, contractors and companies that offer delivery service of various kinds. (more…)

Mercedes-Benz Mulls Expanding Sprinter Line-up in US

Growing small commercial van market powerful draw.

by on Mar.28, 2014

Mercedes-Benz is considering expanding the Sprinter van line-up with a smaller, commercial version.

The tall, awkward-looking Sprinter van may be getting a little brother in the U.S. in the near term. Mercedes-Benz is looking at adding a small, commercial-oriented van to the Sprinter line in the U.S., a key MBUSA executive said this week.

Bernhard Glaser, vice president of MBUSA’s new van division, said during a visit to Detroit that demand for small commercial vans is expected to grow rapidly in the next few years, making it a promising market for potential expansion of the maker’s van lineup in the U.S.

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“It’s certainly something that we’re keeping an eye on,” he said. (more…)

2014 Sprinter Coming This Fall

Daimler revamps the multi-use commercial van.

by on May.07, 2013

Daimler hopes to expand its share of the commercial van market with the 2014 Sprinter this fall.

Daimler AG is aiming to cash in on latest shift in the rapidly changing market for commercial van-style vehicles in the United States.

When the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter first went on sale in 2001, its silhouette was somewhat unusual, noted Claus Tritt, general manager of commercial vehicles in the United States, during a briefing for reporters at the Mercedes-Benz Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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“We are no longer the exception. We are the benchmark,” Tritt said, adding that other vehicle manufacturers including Ford Motor Co., Chrysler/Fiat and Nissan are now bringing tall, narrow commercial vehicles to the U.S.


Ford Planning Diesel for New Transit Van

Maker also putting emphasis on CNG and LPG.

by on Mar.28, 2012

Already popular in many parts of the world, the Ford Transit van will arrive in the U.S. in 2014.

Ford Motor Co. says it expected to boost the fuel economy of its large work vans by 25% when it migrates to an all-new design next year.  A key reason for what is a spectacular increase in a traditional staid segment is Ford’s decision to go with several alternative powertrain packages.

The European-designed Transit van will be offered with both a turbocharged EcoBoost powertrain, Ford officials say, but will also be available with a new high-mileage diesel option. That, plus other efficiencies designed into the all-new Ford Transit should yield an average mpg number about a quarter higher than the old Econoline model, also known as the E-Series.

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The Transit is the latest step in the maker’s migration to its so-called One Ford strategy.  The goal is to hold down costs – and deliver more content to consumers – by sharing product designs on a global basis.  In the past, the E-Series was offered in North America and a few other select markets, while Europe and most of the rest of the world shared the previous version of the Transit.


First Drive: Nissan NV

Nissan jumps off deep end into commercial van segment.

by on Feb.03, 2011

Nissan enters the commercial cargo truck segment with the new NV line.

Nissan, which does 20% of its business worldwide in light, medium and heavy commercial vehicles, trucks and buses, has never offered a commercial van in the North American market.  Until now.  And the one they’ve finally introduced is the biggest one available.

Starting next month, at 250 carefully selected dealerships in the U.S., Nissan will offer a whole family of what it calls its NV vans, in 1500, 2500HD, and 3500HD conventional and 2500 and 3500 high-roof versions, all in a heavy-duty, body-on-frame construction.

Each participating dealership has committed to the installation of higher service-bay doors to accommodate the high-roof versions, plus at least one heavy-duty service lift, along with special training for mechanics and parts department personnel.


Daimler Dumps Chrysler – Again

Newest battle centers on Sprinter van.

by on Sep.02, 2009

As part of the continuing split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler, Dodge dealers will no longer be able to market the popular Sprinter van.

As part of the continuing split between former partners Daimler and Chrysler, Dodge dealers will no longer be able to market the popular Sprinter van, as of January 2010.

Mercedes-Benz USA LLC is preparing to take over sales of the Sprinter vans in the U.S. from Chrysler Group LLC and Freightliner, Daimler AG’s American truck subsidiary. That’s right luxury car dealers will handle the commercial truck.

The unceremonious decision to cut the Sprinter ties to Dodge wasn’t exactly a surprise given the increasingly bad blood between Chrysler LLC and its old German partner. Last week, Chrysler filed a lawsuit against Daimler, charging it with failing to honor a supply contract – in fact, the second legal action the American maker had taken against its former partner in barely a month.

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Daimler plans to stop supplying the Sprinter vans to Dodge dealers on Jan.1, 2010. None of the more than 300 Dodge dealers certified to sell the Sprinter will be retained, Daimler officials said.