Speed is of the essence in the morning: The UPS delivery vehicle is loaded with packages and the day’s route has already been planned. A good driver knows the route inside and out, just like the vest of his UPS uniform. The latter is the trademark of all UPS drivers, just like the brown delivery vans with the golden UPS logo. UPS places its trust in the new Sprinter from Mercedes-Benz Vans for its latest generation of delivery vehicles.
The typical UPS body with the roof hood is manufactured by Spier and is mounted on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 513 BlueTEC chassis with a powerful and economical 95 kW four-cylinder diesel engine which fulfils the Euro VI emission standard. The UPS Sprinter comes in three different variants with different wheelbases: the “UPS 60”, the “UPS 70” and the “UPS 80”. The UPS Sprinter makes no compromises when it comes to the payload: With a maximum permitted total weight of 5.3 t and the low unladen weight of only 3 t, the agile Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has a payload of 2,300 kg, making it ideal for the tough job of a package delivery vehicle. The cargo area of the UPS 70 Sprinter, for example, is extremely spacious with a volume of 20.7 cubic meters and is equipped with an aluminum shelving system.
Alongside knowing the route, the crowning discipline for a delivery service is loading and unloading of the Sprinter. The sliding door is the key to this job. Problems here cost valuable time. The sliding door on the new Mercedes-Benz UPS Sprinter vans is not only considerably wider but also far higher than in the older van generation. The door between the driver’s cab and the cargo area and at the rear can also be locked electronically, providing another practical benefit. The gear shift has now been integrated into the dash panel and is no longer on the floor of the cab, making it easier for the driver to access the cargo area and the passenger side. The vehicle opens and closes automatically via a transponder which the driver wears on his wrist. This eliminates time-consuming problem number two: wasting time handling keys. On this note: The UPS Sprinter also starts at the press of a button – entirely without the ignition key.
The additional windows on the passenger side clearly improve visibility of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. This makes it easier to see pedestrians or cyclists – a major advantage, especially in the hectic inner city traffic. The reversing camera is another feature of the UPS Sprinter’s safety package: With a quick glance at the screen ergonomically positioned in the cockpit, the driver can see what is going on behind the vehicle. The new UPS Sprinter generation does not make the driver’s job child’s play but still noticeably simplifies the driver’s hard working day. This leaves time for the important things: a smile for the customers or a little small talk at the door. Because packages connect us all with each other.