Mercedes Sprinter celebrates two decades

Special edition celebrates Sprinter nameplate's 20th anniversary


Mercedes-Benz Vans is launching a special edition version of its Sprinter van to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the model going on sale.

A maximum of 1,200 examples of the Sprinter 20th Anniversary edition will be available. Each has ‘Sprinter 20’ badging on the front wing and a bespoke option bundle added including air conditioning, satellite navigation, a Driver’s Comfort seat with armrest, wheel trims, and a chrome grille. Mercedes says these are worth more than £2,000 but are priced at just £750.

The Sprinter launched in April 1995 and up until the end of June 2015, has sold 327,201 in the UK, of which 69,457 were for the Sprinter 313 CDI MWB.

A wide range of customers ranges from home delivery, such as Ocado, Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s and Iceland, to DPD, Yodel, DHL, and Parcelforce, as well as construction and plant companies, such as HSS Hire and A-Plant, utilities businesses, including Cappagh and EEG, all ambulance trusts across the country, ice-cream vans, and even a mobile deluxe beauty treatment room.

More than 250,000 of the Sprinter models sold have been panel vans, with 71,769 chassis cab variants. The Sprinter factory capacity in Düsseldorf is 745 units a day, equating to 214,560 produced vehicles a year.

In the first month of sales (April 1995), there were 56 Sprinter models sold. The top sales month since has been September 2013, with 4,217 sold, although this record is expected to be broken in September 2015.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most popular colour choice for Sprinter is white, with 199,794 vehicles sold since launch, followed by silver, with 14,313 vehicles in this colour.

The most miles on a Sprinter currently on the UK roads, and serviced via a Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Dealer, is 995,242 miles for a van registered in January 1999. A second Sprinter, with 964,436 miles on the clock, has run that up since November 2005.

Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Van Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars and vans for more than 20 years, and attends many new model launches each year.

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