Mercedes-Benz is celebrating 25 years of its Sprinter van known for its flexibility, robustness and economy, writes Trish Whelan. It competes in the large 3.0 – 5.5 tonne van segment and is the carrier of choice amongst leading fleet operators here and in more than 130 countries worldwide.

Some four million units have been sold worldwide.

Sprinter is a big brand carrier, prominent amongst high-profile names in food drinks, courier, parcels, and in engineering, manufacturing and servicing sectors.

Fergus Conheady, who heads the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles sales division, says ’Sprinter representatives and users can look forward together with confidence to another 25 years of successful operation’.

A major new development has been the recent arrival of the new, more spacious all-electric eSprinter van. Its electric power unit has peak output of 85 kW and up to 300 Nm torque. Battery capacity of 35 kWh delivers factory-quoted figures of 120kms. It can be charged from 10pc – 80pc in just 70 minutes or over a more extended six hours using a standard 7.4 kW street/fuel station charge point.

Sprinter has won successive Irish Van of the Year awards on each occasion that a new model was launched on the market here.