As an initial sneak preview of the new Sprinter, Mercedes-Benz Vans is showing at the Sprinter Innovation Campus in Stuttgart how the best-selling van is set to lead the large van segment into a new era. The adVANce future initiative which was presented in 2016 plays a central role here.
Developments including new connectivity solutions lend it more concrete form and it will go into series production for the first time with the new Sprinter in the spring of 2018. For its third generation, the segment founder, best-seller and innovation flagship has been reinvented once again.
Its internet connectivity, unique scalability, silent electric drives and individual hardware solutions for the load compartment, as well as the way it is combined with sharing and rental services, make the Sprinter the first integrated system solution. Integration of these innovations is geared exclusively to the individual customer benefit to be achieved in each sector and will be a boon to fleet managers and drivers in their daily work.
Development focus: concentration on five fields of innovation
The adVANce future initiative stands for Mercedes-Benz Vans’ transformation from a vehicle manufacturer into a provider of fully integrated transport and mobility solutions. The development of products and services is shaped by five fields of innovation: digital@vans is concerned primarily with connectivity and the digital networking of vehicles.
Sneak preview of the new Sprinter’s attributes
The third generation of the Sprinter, which will be presented in February 2018, serves as an innovation flagship for an entire vehicle class, above all by virtue of completely new networking services. The internet connection hardware is deeply integrated as an integral part of the vehicle’s infrastructure for the first time. This establishes an essential prerequisite for innovative sector-specific services and solutions and their ongoing development in the future.
New role for the fleet in keenly contested markets
The mega-trends of digitalisation and urbanisation meant that companies and fleet operators are confronted with extreme challenges. The market for courier, express and parcel services is characterised by tight delivery deadlines, flexible delivery windows and high cost pressures. Overnight delivery is standard in online retail, for example, while the delivery of goods on the day of ordering, e.g. in the food sector, is becoming more and more important.
Mercedes PRO connect: Digital control over the fleet
Networking and telematics solutions play an instrumental role in optimising a fleet. Improvements in efficiency can be achieved, for example, with the help of an easily manageable controlling system involving such concepts as clearly comprehensible vehicle tracking and the availability of all key economic figures. Ongoing communication between fleet manager and driver and straightforward reminder functions for maintenance and repairs further facilitate everyday work.
Clear strategy: all commercial model series to be electrified
Mercedes-Benz Vans’ integrated strategy also covers the area of electric drives. All commercial model series are to be electrified in the coming years, starting with the eVito, which became available for ordering a few days ago and will be available in the second half of 2018. The eVito will be followed by the eSprinter in 2019. Tailor-made integrated system solutions do not evolve solely on the basis of an electric vehicle, however. Individual operator concepts accord due consideration to the fleet size, the driving profile or the structural requirements in establishing a dedicated loading infrastructure at the company’s site.
Passenger transport: comfortable for passengers, efficient for operators
The passenger transport segment involves different groups, each with their own specific requirements. Operators expect a reliable vehicle with which they can address the cost pressures in public and private passenger transport. For the driver the onus is on an attractive workplace which will enable them to carry out their everyday work efficiently and with the maximum possible comfort and convenience. As the third group making up the segment, passengers wish