As reported by the SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders), there were more Mercedes-Benz Sprinter registrations than for any other vehicle in the United Kingdom in April. There were 814 Sprinters registered last month, giving the model a 24% market share in the light commercial vehicle (LCV) category. Mercedes-Benz says this is the first time since June 1990 that “a van has outsold the most popular passenger car,” which is when the Ford Transit beat out the Escort.
Hard Work Pays Off
“Last month, we had a record high market share of 35%; for us, this has always been about business as usual, as safely as we can, working alongside the van community to keep them moving when they needed us the most,” says Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK. “An incredible 97% of Vans Dealer groups remained open for key workers and industries in April, and all but four Dealers registered vans in the month when most of our competitors were shut – a remarkable achievement. In terms of the hard-working workshops across the Network, labour hours have been record-breaking for every month this year, topping the previous year without fail.”
Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Details
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is a versatile vehicle that’s available as a panel or crew van as well as a cab and chassis, dropside, tipper, or Luton box van. The panel van configuration has a vehicle length of between 5,267 and 7,367 millimetres, max load length of between 2,607 and 4,707 mm, max roof load of 150 kilograms (330.7 pounds), and cargo volume of between 7.8 and 15.5 cubic metres (275.5 and 547.4 cubic feet).
Engine options for the Sprinter include four-cylinder and V6 turbocharged diesel engines ranging from 113 to 190 horsepower (84.3 to 141.7 kilowatts), and while they come standard with six-speed manual transmissions, there are also options for 9G-TRONIC and 7G-TRONIC PLUS automatic gearboxes.