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.
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.