Mercedes-Benz’s new Sprinter has been named Van of the Year at the Export & Freight Transport and Logistics Awards 2018.
The commercial vehicle received the honour during a glittering ceremony at Belfast’s Waterfront Hall in front of around 700 guests from all sectors of the transport and logistics industry.
Now in their 17th year, the awards are Northern Ireland’s premier platform of recognition for those operating in the freight industry, celebrating the hard work, determination, and ongoing investment that make the industry what it is today.
A panel of judges chose the Sprinter partly due to its raft of new technology and equipment – some which had never before been incorporated in a commercial vehicle.
Other deciding factors included the high level of safety features that come as standard, such as active brake assist, crosswind and collision prevention assist, blind spot and lane keeping assist, as well as a reassuring alarm, double lock and visible VIN.
Another impressive standard feature is the high-res seven-inch touchscreen, offering intuitive touch control and enabling Mercedes’ PRO connect services. Some have described the system as ‘the most intelligent and powerfully connected van the world has ever seen’.
Steve Bridge, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, reacted to the win by saying: “We’re delighted to be crowned Van of the Year, judged by an independent panel of van users, vehicle managers and journalists.
“The Sprinter has won more than 80 awards since 1995, and to still be collecting accolades is testament to how the vehicle keeps businesses moving.”
The new Sprinter can be specced in more than 1,700 variants, with six body styles, four engines, four body lengths, three cargo heights, three drive options and dozens of bodybuilder connection points, as well as over 600 items of standard and optional equipment, including suspension variants and sector-specific solutions for bodybuilders and converters.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, commented: “This mighty van has been around for long enough and it’s only right that it gets this kind of recognition.”
Posted on 28th September 2018
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