In 1896, Carl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler both recognized the need for a vehicle that could carry heavy loads and invented the first commercial vehicle: Daimler built the first motorized truck, Benz the first motorized delivery van. Through the years, Mercedes-Benz has kept that pioneering spirit alive by developing vans that make working easier, safer, and more efficient. Today, Mercedes-Benz Vans is once again leading the way with the introduction of the 4x4 Sprinter and 2016 Metris Van.
Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz independently invent the commercial vehicle, ten years after they had invented the automobile. Carl Benz invents the first van dubbed a "combination delivery vehicle."
|1926 —||Daimler and Benz merge to form Daimler-Benz AG, which begins producing commercial vans and trucks under the name Mercedes-Benz.|
Mercedes-Benz introduces the L319 and reinvents the segment of the light truck (van) and occupies the segment of the light truck with a completely new tailor‑made design for best usability
The invention of the automobile is 100 years old and Mercedes-Benz presents its newest van, the T2.
The first-generation Sprinter Van launches in Europe and wins "International Van of the Year."
|1995 —||The Sprinter Van debuts in a class of its own with features like high-traction rear-wheel drive, a spacious cab, and a direct-injection diesel engine.|
|2004 —||Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)2 becomes standard for all Sprinter models - a first for commercial vehicles.|
|2005 —||BlueTEC® diesel technology makes its debut in a Mercedes-Benz truck.|
The second-generation Sprinter enters the United States market under the Freightliner brand with advanced features like BlueTEC® diesel technology and a lightweight body.
|2007 —||The Sprinter is voted "Van of the Year" by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine.|
|2008 —||The Sprinter is voted "Van of the Year" by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine.|
Sprinter Vans under the Mercedes-Benz brand are sold in the United States for the first time.
|2013 —||The Sprinter Van offers the technologically advanced Active Safety Plus Package with PARKTRONIC, with available features like Blind Spot Assist,10 Lane Keeping Assist,11 COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST12 and Highbeam Assist.|
|2014 —||Sprinter Van pioneers a new safety feature with Crosswind Assist.3|
|Sprinter Van has the first certified SULEV-diesel engine in the world, delivering up to 90% fewer emissions than equivalent gasoline-powered vehicles.4|