Travelers on the streets of European cities can now enjoy being transported from one place to another in the comfort of the Mercedes Sprinter Minibus. This model was introduced in 2006 at the International Commercial Vehicle Show in Hanover, Germany, and since then they have quickly taken over a sizeable market share. The fleet of buses now includes several models including the Sprinter Transfer, Sprinter Travel, Sprinter Mobility, and Sprinter City 65. |
The History of the Sprinter This vehicle was first built under the Mercedes-Benz label by Daimler AG in Germany and Argentina in 1995. It was only introduced in Europe for several years and it was designed to replace the full size Mercedes-Benz T1 van that had not been truly updated since the 1970s. Launched in the United States in 2001 as a Freightliner, it was marketed as a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle in 2003.
The City 65 Model is one of the Most Popular European Bus Choices The City 65 vehicle is the best-selling regular-service minibus in Western Europe. It is a larger model than past designs with 7.7 meters in length compared with 6.9 meters in the older Sprinter City 35. It can also accommodate up to 30 passengers. The engine specs include a Euro 4-cyclinder turbodiesel engine with 150 horsepower or 110kW of output.
For the 2009 year, there are plenty of great upgrades in the City 65 model. First, there will be more low-floor area between the axles; ten percent more, in fact, making it easier and roomier for passengers to get on and off the minibus. The first row of seats has also been moved down to this low-floor zone and the higher floor is just one step up.
There will also be a new ticket counter that will make transactions more hassle-free and the fire extinguisher and breakdown kit will be able to fit within the counter. The new model will feature rear air suspension as well as a suspension driver seat. A new LED matrix sign will illuminate the destination of the minibus and the roof hatch will be operated electrically.
The Mercedes Sprinter is Very Versatile While it does make an excellent minibus transport, it has found wide use as other types of service vehicles in many parts of the world. For example, the vehicles have been adapted into ambulances with extensive use in Hong Kong, London, and Brazil. They are very popular for cargo transport as well as courier and packaging services.
A Well Built Vehicle The Sprinter has become such a popular vehicle of choice by so many because of its excellent fuel economy of about 25 miles to the gallon, and it low ownership costs. The very unique and recognizable design provides for plenty of head room or easy cargo stacking.
Plus, all sorts of helpful features like rear parking assist and integrated phone connectivity make it very attractive to a wide variety of business owners. Whether you want to haul around happy passengers or heavy cargo, the Mercedes Sprinter is a great commercial vehicle choice.
A model of fine quality workmanship and German engineering, the Mercedes Sprinter is not just for Europeans. Versatile in its uses, the Sprinter is perfect for those who need a delivery van, chassis cab or a minibus. Find out more at www.louisianasprinter.com.
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