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A Brief History of Mercedes Vans

Mercedes-Benz vehicles have always been synonymous with innovative technology, safety, quality, comfort, and longevity. Mercedes-Benz is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles, setting standards since the first van was created in 1896. As of today, over one million Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans have been sold worldwide:.


1896 – Gottlieb Daimler creates the first truck.

1896 – Carl Benz creates 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.

1981 – Daimler-Benz purchases the U.S.-based Freightliner Corporation, a manufacturer of heavy trucks.

1995 – First generation Sprinter launches in Europe to replace the Mercedes-Benz T1 van.

2001 – The Sprinter cargo and passenger van models officially launch in the United States under the Freightliner brand.

2004 – The Sprinter Cab Chassis officially launches in the United States.

2005 – First generation Sprinter achieves a production record of 150,000 units.

2007 – Second generation Sprinter enters the United States market.

2010 – Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is sold in the United States for the first time by Mercedes

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