Yesterday we discussed how Mercedes-Benz has recently teamed up with Palmer Hargreaves in order to improve their after sales loyalty service TradePartner, which will hopefully improve the company in the next few months. However, it seems as though all the effort Mercedes-Benz have put into their business previously is also paying off, as they won two awards at the 2013 Van Fleet World Honours including the overall Safety Award and Best Large Van with the Sprinter.
Discussing their decision, Van Fleet World Editor John Kendall said: “Mercedes-Benz was the first van manufacturer to offer Electronic Stability Program on the Sprinter 11 years ago and is the only van manufacturer to fit the safety system as standard to all its vans – Citan, Vito and Sprinter. Later this year, the new Sprinter will be the first to be fitted with Crosswind Assist as standard, to maintain stability in a strong crosswind. Collision Avoidance and Blindspot Assistance will also be available on the new model. Few rivals come close.”
“As the winner of our Best Large Van award, the Sprinter offers one of the most comprehensive ranges available for a large van, including Traveliner passenger models and the chassis cab and dropside ranges. A wide choice of engines means its fleet appeal extends from rental companies to the emergency services. A new model is due in the autumn and it says a lot for the current design that Mercedes will not be changing the basic structure.”
Meanwhile, Andrew Lawson, National Fleet Sales Manager for Mercedes-Benz said: “To win these highly coveted awards is a true indication that our products are exactly what the market requires. The Sprinter proves once again that it’s the vehicle of choice for many operators. We have an extremely loyal and high profile customer base operating the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter on their fleets whom we value and work extremely closely with. Our primary focus of substantial R&D investment is to ensure our commercial vehicles are market leaders in overall safety.”
The next year looks to be extremely exciting for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles, and seeing as all their efforts have already paid off we expect that the company is now more confident than ever. So if you are thinking of investing in a new van this year why not look at what Mercedes-Benz can offer – just remember to check the van insurance quotes before you buy!