Since 2013 Mercedes-Benz Russia has also produced the world’s most famous large van: the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Its name is synonymous with the entire “large vans” segment. The Mercedes-Benz T1N, marketed in Russia as the Sprinter Classic, is manufactured in Nizhny Novgorod where it is also thoroughly tested by Mercedes-Benz specialists to ensure that it complies with Mercedes-Benz quality standards. The sales figures make the Sprinter Classic the Mercedes-Benz Vans flagship in Russia: More than 6,500 Sprinter were sold to their Russian owners in 2014 alone.
In Russia Mercedes-Benz Vans works closely with the local body manufacturer, PKF Luidor. The certified partner converts the locally produced Mercedes-Benz vans into buses. The two cooperation partners now have a reason to celebrate: 10,000 Sprinter have been produced in Russia and converted into small buses since 2010. In figures: more than 6,700 Sprinter NCV3 along with 3,300 Sprinter Classic since 2013 have been converted into buses.
PKF Luidor was the first Russian body manufacturer with Mercedes-Benz certification. The body manufacturer currently produces five different small bus variants for Mercedes-Benz Russia. Since last year this has also included the Sprinter Classic Mixto. Daimler inspects the quality of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic and provides Russian colleagues with modern technologies and know-how, thus guaranteeing the global standard. An engine which also originates from Russia can also be found under the hood: the OM 646, which is produced in Yaroslavl on one of the most innovative production lines.