What Is the History of the Sprinter RV?


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The first-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was launched in Europe in 1995. The Sprinter was introduced to the North American market in 2001 branded under Freightliner, and then under Dodge in 2003. In 2007 a second-generation of Sprinter was introduced in the United States, still marketed under the Freightliner brand. Sprinters were sold in the United States under the Mercedes-Benz brand for the first time in 2010. In 2015, Mercedes Benz introduced a new model of the Sprinter, the Sprinter 4x4.

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Though manufactured in Düsseldorf, Germany, when the Sprinter hit the American market in 2001, vehicles arrived in South Carolina partially disassembled, where they were then reassembled. In 2004, the Electronic Stability Program, known as ESP, became a standard in all models of the Sprinter. The implementation of this computerized vehicle stability technology in the Sprinter was a first for commercial vehicles.

The year 2005 saw the debut of BlueTEC diesel technology in a Mercedes-Benz truck. The second generation of the Sprinter, introduced in 2007, incorporated advanced features, such as the BlueTEC diesel technology, with a newly designed, lightweight body.

Advanced technological features were offered in 2013 models of the Sprinter, including Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Highbeam Assist. In 2014, the Sprinter implemented a new safety feature, Crosswind Assist. The same year, the Sprinter became the first vehicle in the world to have a certified SULEV-diesel engine, reducing emissions by 90 percent compared to similar gas-powered vehicles.

The Sprinter won the International Van of the Year award in 1995, the year it launched. It was also voted Van of the Year by Professional Van and Light Truck Magazine in both 2007 and 2008.

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