Mercedes-Benz Is Ending Production Of The Freightliner Sprinter Van

The coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on many automakers in the United States – that’s pretty much expected with weak demand and production schedule issues. Mercedes-Benz is one of those brands that has reportedly made changes to its lineup recently, the latest of which is the end of production of the Freightliner Sprinter van.

According to Automotive News, the Sprinter van, which is sold at Freightliner and Mercedes-Benz dealers, will be exclusively Mercedes in the future. It should be noted that Sprinter vans are built at a plant in South Carolina as CKD units by Freightliner.

That said, the last production from the South Carolina plant will take place in September 2021, according to Automotive News‘ report. The last Freightliner Sprinter will be sold on December 31, 2021. Mercedes has already notified 36 Freightliner dealers of the move this week. As mentioned, however, Mercedes will continue to sell Sprinter vans in its dealerships.

“High certification costs for a low-volume, single-market product as a Freightliner Sprinter-only brand in the US were at the heart of this decision,” said Robert Veit, vice president and general manager of Daimler Vans, in a letter to dealers obtained by Automotive News. “We will work in close communication with the Freightliner Sprinter Dealer Board as we take the necessary actions to stop the distribution of Freightliner Sprinter.”

Mercedes-Benz is already on the cusp of looking at its U.S. lineup to cut costs, according to a report last month. Many dealers were thrilled with the move, saying the brand’s lineup made it difficult to sell cars.

With the current economic climate, reducing the range of vehicles is no longer a surprise. We expect other automakers to follow suit in the coming months if the current situation does not improve.

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