Mercedes-Benz receives Sprinter orders in South Africa and Glasgow
From two sides of the world, Mercedes-Benz has received huge orders for Sprinters. From Scotland, Axle Group Holdings’ Viking Wholesale Tyres and Equipment and fast-fitter National Tyres and Autocare have ordered a reportedly 60 vans. In South Africa, SAFA (The South African Football Association) have ordered 53 vans.
The South African Football Association went with a form of transport that offers a great amount of safety, according the Sales Manager of Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles in the country, Morris Malie. He said “We are confident with the quality of our Sprinter as all safety standards are adhered to with all versions of the extensive model range. The players and SAFA staff who will be utilising these vehicles can rest assured that they are in safe hands.”
He also expressed his delight at securing the order. “It was an absolute pleasure sealing this deal. We are a soccer nation and getting fifty-three Sprinter buses ready for our boys, their coaches and the soccer fraternity was the motivating factor”
The specific Mercedes-Benz Sprinter models ordered were the 518 CDI. The twenty-two seater vehicles boast a tremendous amount of equipment. This includes the much needed front air conditioning, central locking as well as electrical front windows. The mirrors are also electronically operated too.
A tow-bar is fitted upon request which adds the vehicles practicality. This specific add on will help support luggage that will be transported. All passengers will have their own storage space along with the driver.
The element of safety
The immense safety features of the Mercedes-Benz sprinter is one of the reasons why both orders were made. Along with the excellent build quality, which you would expect from Mercedes-Benz, the safety elements throughout are one of the vehicles main selling points. The vehicle has emergency exit points along with a form of escaping through the roof if a collision was to occur.
The Sprinters are also fitted with the latest example of the mandatory roof escape hatch which has to be fitted to all bus conversions. The side-windows include emergency exit points.
Nicolette Lambrechts, the Mercedes-Benz Brand Manager for the Vans Division in South Africa highlighted how committed the company are on keeping everyone safe in their vehicles. She was quoted “Mercedes-Benz Vans continually shows our commitment towards the importance of active and passive safety, and the importance of safety in people transportation,”
Viking will know exactly what to expect with their order as they have been using Mercedes-Benz vans for 20 years. The company stated that it wasn’t only the safety features that attracted them to the order, but the comfort and economical benefits that the van offers too.
Offering a tremendous safety, great economy and plenty of practicality to name just a few attributes have naturally made the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter a very diverse vehicle. With orders in Scotland and South Africa, we are sure that many other companies will take advantage of the vehicle from other parts of the world.