Mercedes-Benz Vans continued along its growth path during the year under review and set a new record for unit sales. Revenue was also higher than in the previous year. Growth at the division was mainly driven by our new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Our future-oriented “adVANce” initiative has allowed us to move ahead with the transformation of Mercedes-Benz Vans from a successful global van manufacturer into a supplier of holistic system solutions for transportation and mobility. At minus €3.1 billion, EBIT was significantly lower than the figure for the previous year. This development was due to numerous special items that had a substantial impact on the division’s earnings.
New record for unit sales
Mercedes-Benz Vans set a new sales record once again in financial yea
C.05 Mercedes-Benz Vans
|€ amounts in millions||% change|
|Return on sales (in %)||-20.8||2.3||.|
|Investment in property, plant and equipment||240||468||-49|
|Research and development expenditure |
|Employees (December 31)1||21,346||21,810||-2|
1 Adjustment of the number of employees in 2018 due to changes in the Group’s internal allocation of employees.
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|thereof United States||45,654||38,741||+18|
|Latin America (excluding Mexico)||18,638||18,735||-1|
Mercedes-Benz Vans’ products continued to be very successful i
Sales of 298,100 units in the EU30 region, our core market, were slightly higher than in the previous year (2018: 278,300). We sold 121,300 units in Germany in the year under review (2018: 107,300). Mercedes-Benz Vans continued to grow also in the NAFTA region, where sales increased by 1
At 18,600 units (2018: 18,700), sales in Latin America were at the same level as in the previous year. At 29,500 units (2018: 29,100), sales in China were also at the prior-year level. Unit sales declined significantly from the previous year’s figures in Russia and in the difficult market environment in Turkey.
At 231,500 units, global sales of Sprinter models were significantly higher than in the previous year (2018: 206,300). Sales of vans in the mid-size segment remained at the prior-year level, totaling 172,400 units i
The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class
The upgraded V-Class had its world premiere at the beginning o
Mercedes-Benz V-Class (2019): Make Your Move
Decision on the successor model to the Citan small van
Mercedes-Benz will systematically continue its engagement in the small-van segment in cooperation with the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, and the brand has also now decided on the successor model to its Citan urban delivery van, which has been available sinc
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 transportation and mobility. The division is thus a pioneer of its sector. adVANce combines activities in various areas and 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 involve our customers in 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.
eDrive@Vans played a major role in our activities i
The EQV is a series-produced vehicle that is fully integrated into normal production operations at our plant in Vitoria in northern Spain, where the V-Class and Vito are also built. This arrangement allows flexible and synergistic production that can accommodate fluctuations in customer demand. One of the components of the EQ technology brand is a comprehensive electric mobility ecosystem, which the Mercedes-Benz EQV benefits from as the youngest member of the EQ family. This ecosystem includes a holistic range of consulting and other services and encompasses everything from vehicle functions (e.g. an adapted navigation system) to an effective charging infrastructure. Series production of the eSprinter began at the end o
eDrive@VANs: eVito and eSprinter fit for urban life | 60 Seconds
A revolutionary mobility concept as a response to questions of the future: At the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, Mercedes-Benz Vans presented Vision URBANETIC, a concept van that opens up new perspectives for autonomous driving. Vision URBANETIC is designed to enable the needs-based, sustainable and efficient movement of people and goods, and it also meets the needs of cities, companies from a wide range of industries, and travelers and commuters in innovative ways. This visionary concept is based on an autonomously driving, electrically powered chassis that can be fitted with various bodies for transporting either passengers or goods. The fully connected vehicle is part of an ecosystem in which the mobility wishes of logistics companies, local public transport operators and private customers are transmitted digitally. All of this creates new possibilities for the efficient utilization of resources.
Mercedes-Benz Vision URBANETIC: Mobility of the Future
In addition to manufacturing our products, we create digital services for and with our customers. We also work continuously to develop forward-looking innovations that will enable in the future us to meet increasing transport requirements faster and more efficiently, and in a more environmentally friendly manner. To this end, the digital@Vans initiative at Mercedes-Benz Vans has been developing digital solutions for various business sectors; Mercedes-Benz Vans presented a range of related services in Octobe
Mercedes PRO connect explained
With its Onboard Logic Unit (OLU), Mercedes-Benz Vans has developed an innovative control unit for the transport sector. The OLU enables effective interaction between hardware and software. Among other things, it connects vehicles to the cloud, thereby enabling a high degree of flexibility and the establishment of links between different functions. This simplifies technical access and the management of live vehicle data - even for users without any vehicle-specific or technical expertise. In turn, this makes it possible for third parties to develop applications more quickly and easily and to implement them in vehicles. In order to ensure the security of systems and data, these applications are provided only for specific functions and cannot be used for any other purpose.
Various major orders received
Electric mobility is also becoming increasingly important in large fleets that are used for passenger transportation. This fact is confirmed by the various major orders Mercedes-Benz Vans received in the year under review. In Hamburg, for example, the first of 20 eVito series-production vans and eSprinter pilot vehicles were delivered to Hermes Germany in Februar
1 Figures for electricity consumption and range are provisional and were determined by the technical service for certification according to UN/ECE Regulation 101. EC type approval and certification of conformity with official figures are not yet available. There may be differences between the stated figures and the official figures.
2 Electricity consumption was determined on the basis of Directive 692/2008/EC. Electricity consumption is dependent on vehicle configuration, in particular on the selected maximum speed limitation.