Mercedes-Benz Vans continued along its course of growth during the year under review, achieving a small increase in revenue and setting a new record for unit sales. Growth was mainly driven by positive developments in the United States, China and Latin America. We also set a new sales record in Germany. The launch of the new Sprinter and the first full year of availability of the X-Class in the pickup segment enabled us to consistently forge ahead with our “Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global” growth strategy. In addition, our future-oriented “adVANce” initiative has allowed us to systematically move ahead with the transformation of Mercedes-Benz Vans from a vehicle manufacturer into a supplier of holistic transportation and mobility solutions for cargo and passengers. EBIT i
New record for unit sales
Mercedes-Benz Vans set a new sales record once again in financial yea
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|€ amounts in millions||% change|
|Return on sales (in %)||2.3||8.7 1||.|
|Investment in property, plant and equipment||468||710||-34|
|Research and development expenditure |
|Employees (December 31)||26,210||25,255||+4|
1 The amounts have been adjusted due to the effects of first-time adoption of IFRS 15 and IFRS 9.
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|thereof United States||38,741||34,158||+13|
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Mercedes-Benz Vans’ products continued to be very successful i
The new Mercedes-Benz X-Class: “First Contact” | Product Film
Sales of 278,300 units in the EU30 region, our core market, were slightly higher than in the previous year (273,300). We set a new record in Germany, with 107,300 units sold (2017: 105,800). Mercedes-Benz Vans continued to grow in the NAFTA region, where sales rose by a significant 1
At 206,300 units, global sales of Sprinter models were slightly higher than in the previous year (2017: 200,500). Sales of vans in the mid-size segment remained at the prior-year level, totaling 172,200 units i
World premiere of the new Sprinter
The new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter had its world premiere in Februar
As the first integrated connectivity system solution offered by Mercedes-Benz Vans, the third generation of the Sprinter represents the division’s development from a pure vehicle manufacturer into a provider of holistic transport and mobility solutions.
Mercedes-Benz Vans – accelerating innovations.
With new connectivity services, an electric drive system and customized hardware solutions for the cargo space, the large van will make customers’ business much more efficient in the connected world of the future. The first Mercedes PRO fleet solutions were made available to commercial Sprinter customers when the new model was launched in Jun
How to optimize your daily routines with Mercedes PRO.
Investment in the Sprinter production network
In preparation for the new generation of the Sprinter, Mercedes Benz Vans made significant investments in its production network; the division focused here on manufacturing operations in the United States and Germany. After a construction period of approximately two years, our new plant in North Charleston, South Carolina, opened in Septembe
In addition to the investment in North Charleston, Mercedes-Benz Vans invested approximately €450 million in the lead plant of the global Sprinter production network, which is located in Düsseldorf, Germany, as well as in the Sprinter facility in Ludwigsfelde, Germany. Mercedes Benz Vans also invested roughly US$150 million in Sprinter production operations at the González Catán plant near Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Numerous major contracts
In the first quarter o
During the opening ceremony for the plant in South Carolina, Mercedes-Benz Vans also announced that it will manufacture Sprinter vans in North Charleston for Amazon’s Delivery Service Partner program. The program makes it possible for small business owners to obtain customized delivery vehicles with special leasing contracts at attractive conditions. The first Sprinter built in North Charleston was delivered to a participant in the Delivery Service Partner program. Amazon plans to add 20,000 Sprinter vans from Mercedes-Benz to its delivery fleet in the United States within the framework of the new partnership. The online retailer will thus place the largest single order ever received by Mercedes-Benz Vans.
Full speed ahead for the future-oriented “adVANce” initiative
With its future-oriented “adVANce” initiative, Mercedes-Benz Vans is evolving from a manufacturer of globally successful vans into a provider of holistic system solutions for the transportation of goods and passengers. The division is thus playing a pioneering role in its sector. adVANce combines activities in various areas and currently comprises six innovation fields: digital@Vans, solutions@Vans, rental@Vans, sharing@Vans, eDrive@Vans and autonomous@Vans. We are employing a customer-oriented co-creation approach to incorporate our customers into the development process at an early stage. Here, we are combining our six innovation fields in order to develop new business models and tailored solutions that are adapted to our customers’ respective sectors. Mercedes-Benz Vans is also adopting a new approach with eDrive@Vans, which utilizes the way a van is used in each specific case as the key factor for evaluating various drive system options. More specifically, with eDrive@Vans, the choice of battery-electric drive or a conventional combustion engine depends solely on which represents the best solution for a particular application. Fuel cells will be added to the drive system portfolio over the medium term. In order to meet as many transport needs as possible while allowing many different sectors to enter the world of locally emission-free electric mobility, the eSprinter is now ready to join the eVito as the second model with battery-electric drive. The eSprinter will be launched on the market sometime i
Daimler, with Mercedes-Benz Vans, is part of the ZUKUNFT.DE federal model project for electric mobility in Germany. ZUKUNFT.DE is a German acronym that stands for customer-friendly delivery operations, sustainability, flexibility and transparency – all brought about by emission-free vehicle operation. Among other things, the project includes the electrification of last-mile parcel deliveries in urban environments. We are one of 11 project partners that are cooperating closely with five associated partners in this major joint project, which is receiving assistance from researchers and scientists and support from the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end o
With its Vision URBANETIC, Mercedes-Benz Vans has presented a revolutionary mobility concept under the label autonomous@Vans that goes far beyond previous ideas of autonomous vehicles. Vision URBANETIC removes the separation between passenger and goods transport and is set to enable the needs-based, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods. As part of a holistic system solution, Vision URBANETIC addresses future urban challenges and offers innovative solutions. This visionary concept is based on an autonomously driving, electrically powered chassis that can carry various swap bodies for transporting either passengers or goods.
World premiere of the Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC.