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The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a delivery van, chassis cab and minibus built by Daimler AG in Düsseldorf, Germany and Buenos Aires, Argentina and sold worldwide as a Mercedes model, except in North America where it is built from CKD kits and sold as a Dodge and as a Freightliner. It was launched in Europe in 1995 to replace the famous but outdated Mercedes-Benz T1 van (dating from 1977) and in 2001 in the U.S. (originally branded as a Freightliner there). It is designed primarily for business, not private users, although RV conversions are available. In the US, the first generation Sprinters (2001-2006) were offered solely with the Mercedes Benz 5 cylinder turbodiesel 2.7L. It is currently offered with four and six cylinder diesel, six cylinder gasoline or LPG engines in Europe, Asia, Australia, and South America. In North America, only the six cylinder turbo diesel 3.0L and six cylinder gasoline 3.5L engines are offered. The body shell is also used in a joint-venture with Volkswagen who made the Volkswagen LT and the Volkswagen Crafter.

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The second generation Sprinter was introduced in Europe in 2006.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was voted Van of the Year 2007 by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine

There is an electric hybrid .

The model designations for the first generation Sprinter are W901, W902, W903, W904 and W905, depending on the gross weight rating.

For 2003, DaimlerChrysler introduced a Dodge-branded version of the Sprinter to the North American market. Rather than redesign the aging Dodge Ram Van which has used the same basic body and layout since the 1970s, the Sprinter offers a more fuel efficient alternative, available with a factory-built tall roof. It is identical to the Freightliner Trucks version save for the badging. While the Sprinter is offered to individuals, it is primarily a business model. The Sprinter's main US competitors include the Ford E-Series and the Chevrolet Express.

In Europe and elsewhere, the main competitors are the Ford Transit and the Fiat Ducato. Overall around 1.3 million Sprinters have rolled off the assembly lines. The Dodge Sprinter sold 19,578 units in the United States in 2005, while Freightliner sold approximately 2,500 units, giving it just 3.5% of the full-size van market.[citation needed]

Companies such as Microsoft are replacing van conversions with wide bus bodies with Sprinters with side-facing benches and tall right-side doors as campus shuttle buses. Limited numbers of complete "wagons" (passenger vans) are being produced in Germany and shipped complete to the U.S. market for mostly individual and church van uses. Typical Sprinter Wagons are 8-10 passengers and have glass in all of the normal positions that windows can be factory installed. Vans shipped to the U.S. on spec (Speculation to sell by dealer/distributor) are mostly sent in Arctic White color, but many standard and a few special colors are available on these passenger vans. The Dodge dealer network for Sprinters is limited to certified locations (known as "Business Link" certified dealers, usually only awarded to "Five Star" certified dealers) and dealer knowledge is still limited in both sales and service. Special orders typically take 1-3 months for delivery and make stretch out even longer, due to the assembly and disassembly in Germany, exporting of parts to South Carolina for re-assembly, the exception being passenger van models which are assembled in Germany and exported assembled: mid-late 2006 orders are probably going to be for 2007 models and delayed further for production to catch up to demand.[citation needed]



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