The next-generation Mercedes Sprinter van will be built in North America, as Daimler decided it is best to move some of its production there in order to improve competitiveness and reduce expenditure.
The Mercedes Sprinter van is being currently built only in Germany, but Mercedes disassembles its hard-working van and ships special kits to Ladson, South Carolina, where the Sprinter is being reassembled and sold as such. This strategy is mainly focused on avoiding high import tariffs.
“We can cover the growing demand for large vans in the North American market economically only if we produce the vehicles locally in the NAFTA region,” said Volker Mornhinweg, chief of Mercedes’ van division.
The method seems to save a lot of money for Mercedes, but the United States has managed to become the largest market for the Sprinter van outside Germany. According to Daimler, about 23,000 Sprinter vans are delivered to U.S. customers every year. In response, new cost-cutting measures must be taken as the company is constantly looking for further economical solutions.
Therefore, the industrious van will be built somewehere in North America, althought Mercedes didn’t reveal the exact location. Whether it will be USA, Canada or Mexico, the company will continue to build the Sprinter van in the Duesseldorf and Ludwigsfelde factories. At the moment, about 150,000 Sprinter vans are being annualy produced in Duesseldorf, which is Daimler’s biggest van production plant.
Source: Daimler / Mercedes-Benz Vans