Mercedes-Benz Vans

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Mercedes-Benz EQV (combined electricity consumption: 27.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, preliminary figures) 1

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 year 2019, with an increase of 4 % on the previous year’s figure to 438,400 units. At €14.8 billion, revenue was also higher than in the previous year (2018: €13.6 billion). EBIT was minus €3,085 million, which was significantly lower than in the previous year (2018: plus €312 million). This decline was primarily due to governmental and court proceedings and measures relating to Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles, as well as a review and prioritization of the product portfolio. The return on sales amounted to -20.8 % (2018: +2.3 %).

C.05 Mercedes-Benz Vans

  2019 2018 19/18
€ amounts in millions   % change
       
Revenue 14,801 13,626 +9
EBIT -3,085 312 .
Return on sales (in %) -20.8 2.3 .
Investment in property, plant and equipment 240 468 -49
Research and development expenditure
thereof capitalized
543
96
666
176
-18
-45
Production 425,887 440,314 -3
Unit sales 438,386 421,401 +4
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.

C.06 Unit sales Mercedes-Benz Vans

  2019 2018 19/18
    % change
       
Total 438,386 421,401 +4
EU30 298,056 278,269 +7
thereof Germany 121,296 107,267 +13
NAFTA 56,470 50,851 +11
thereof United States 45,654 38,741 +18
Latin America (excluding ­Mexico) 18,638 18,735 -1
Asia 38,562 38,779 -1
thereof China 29,450 29,068 +1
Other markets 26,660 34,767 -23

Continued growth

Mercedes-Benz Vans’ products continued to be very successful in 2019. Our Sprinter, Vito and Citan vans are tailored mainly to commercial customers, while the V-Class is designed primarily for private use. The X-Class is targeted at a variety of both private and commercial customers.

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 11 % to 56,500 units. This included a new record of 45,700 vans sold in the United States (2018: 38,700).

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 in 2019 (2018: 172,200), while sales of Vito models amounted to 109,300 units in the year under review (2018: 108,300). We sold 63,100 V-Class multipurpose vehicles in 2019 (2018: 63,900). Meanwhile, sales of the Mercedes-Benz Citan reached 20,700 units (2018: 26,300). X-Class sales totaled 13,800 units in the year under review (2018: 16,700).

The new Mercedes-Benz V-Class

The upgraded V-Class had its world premiere at the beginning of 2019. The Mercedes-Benz multipurpose vehicle now has a redesigned front end that is even more stylish and dynamic than before. With the introduction of the OM654 four-cylinder diesel engine, the 9G-TRONIC automatic transmission, which is now available for the first time, and upgraded safety and assistance systems including Active Brake Assist, the V-Class is equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The update has also benefited the camper vans from the Marco Polo family that are based on the V-Class. We started series production of the new V-Class at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Vitoria, (Spain) in May 2019.

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 since 2012. Plans also call for an all-electric version to be added to the Mercedes-Benz Vans portfolio.

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 in 2019. For example, Mercedes-Benz Vans presented the Concept EQV at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. This was followed in August by the world premiere of our first battery-electric multipurpose vehicle in the premium segment: the Mercedes-Benz EQV (combined electricity consumption: 27.0 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, preliminary figures)1. The second member of the EQ family combines locally emission-free mobility with impressive driving performance, a range suited to today’s needs, fast charging, outstanding functionality and aesthetic design. Technical highlights include a range of up to 405 kilometers1 and fast charging of the vehicle’s high-voltage battery from 10 to up to 80 % in less than 45 minutes. The Mercedes-Benz EQV also offers extensive interior comfort and a high degree of flexibility.

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 of 2019 at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Düsseldorf.

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 October 2019. Here, Mercedes PRO serves as the umbrella brand for all digital and non-digital services and solutions for daily business operations. Mercedes PRO connect for vehicle fleets optimizes communication between fleet managers, vehicles and drivers. This connectivity solution makes it possible to manage assignments online and call up vehicle status information such as location, fuel levels, and maintenance intervals in nearly real time. A new feature here is the possibility of integrating the Mercedes PRO adapter into the system world of Mercedes PRO connect. The Mercedes PRO adapter is our compact hardware solution that also allows older fleet vehicles to use Mercedes PRO connect services and thus benefit from the innovative world of connectivity. Mercedes-Benz Vans Rental specializes exclusively in vans and offers its customers maximum flexibility with respect to vehicle changes and return times at around 120 stations at present. The van rental fleet covers the entire range of Mercedes-Benz Vans products with a mix of standard and sector-specific vehicles. These include the all-electric eVito, in addition to a large number of rental vehicles with special bodies for the transport of passengers and goods. Efficient material logistics is a key success factor for service technicians in particular. “In-Van Delivery & Return” allows dispatchers and service technicians to easily assign material logistics tasks to professional logistics companies. The latter can then deliver required parts and components directly to a van at night for use the next day - and can also pick up materials that are no longer needed.

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 February 2019. Hermes is Mercedes-Benz Vans’ first major business customer to begin using electric commercial vehicles across the board. The “BerlKönig” on-demand ride-pooling service, which is offered by ViaVan and Berlin’s BVG public transport company, has been operating the eVito Tourer in its fleet since July 2019. Mercedes-Benz Vans also received a major order from the Netherlands for 80 eVito Tourers (electricity consumption in the combined test cycle: 24.2 – 20.2 kWh/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 0g/km)2. ISS Communication Services GmbH ordered 225 Mercedes-Benz Vito vans, which it will use for maintenance operations on the mobile-phone network throughout Germany. ROM Technik (Rudolf Otto Meyer Technik GmbH & Co. KG) will operate a new fleet of approximately 480 Mercedes-Benz vans all across Germany in the future. The first of these vehicles were handed over to the company at the Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Center in Bremen in July. In October 2019, Schlienz-Tours GmbH & Co. KG, an expert for regular service bus operation and coach tours, took delivery of the first of what will be a fleet of 105 Mercedes-Benz Vito, Sprinter, V-Class and eVito vehicles.

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.

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