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From Düsseldorf into the wide world:
The Mercedes-Benz T 2.

Ein weißer Mercedes-Benz T 2 fährt über eine Brücke

The T 2 is the successor to the L 319 and can still be seen as an evergreen with a production span of almost 20 years - thanks to its longevity, appearance and versatility, it achieved cult status.

Born in Düsseldorf, at home all over the world.

When production of the L 319 van series came to a close at the end of the 1960s, the newly introduced T 2 model series had to follow in some huge footsteps. The L 319, a pioneer in the history of vans, occupied a market segment that had become increasingly important over the years. The successor model, with its enormous potential, also lived up to this role. Instead of staying in the shadow of the successful L 319, the T 2 series vans quickly achieved a cult status of their own with countless possible applications and areas of specialization. Like their predecessor, the L 319, which was produced at the Düsseldorf plant, they are today called “Düsseldorfer” or “DüDo” for short by enthusiasts from all over the world. By the way, this distinguishes them from the lighter T 1 van series, which was built at the Bremen plant until 1984 and is therefore also known as the “Bremen van.”

An old Mercedes-Benz T 2 with large windows in which washing machines are displayed. Two men inspect the machines

Right from the start, the Mercedes-Benz T 2 series vans impressed with their versatility.

Old philosophy in modern form.

A big plus of the L 319 was the reliable technology and the robust construction. Like its successor, the T 2 was to continue the success story with the same attributes. But everyone also acknowledged the fact that they had to go a step further. The Stuttgart-based company designed the new fast vans to be specifically modern. Angular and functional, the new design was convincing and heralded the dawn of a new era for the Mercedes-Benz vans division. However, progress on the T 2 was not limited to the modern and functional body.

Profile T 2

Production period:


Construction forms:

Panel van, flatbed, minibus


Petrol engines 2.0-2.3 liter, Diesel engines 2.0-5.6 liter (40-96 kW/55-130 hp)


5.040–6.940 mm


2.100–2.405 mm


2.385–2.860 mm


2.950–4.100 mm

Gross vehicle weight:

3,49–6,79 t

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Way ahead of the competition.

In 1967, the year of their market launch, the 406 D and 408 were the first variants of the T 2 to appear on the roads of the world. They were to outperform not only their predecessor, the L 319 but also the competition. Almost as maneuverable as a passenger car, with the cargo space and payload weight of a small truck, the T 2 made life easier for craftsmen and delivery services right from the start. The fire brigade and police also used the powerful and indestructible vans for a wide variety of purposes. As an emergency vehicle of the Berlin police, the T 2 also earned the nickname “Berlin tub.”

A Mercedes-Benz T 2 with refrigerated body parked at the roadside.

The chassis of the T 2 van series can accommodate a wide variety of bodies,
such as a box body for refrigerated vehicles.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Over the years, the product range of the T 2 steadily expanded. With increasingly powerful engines and even more diverse applications such as panel vans, flatbeds or minibuses, discreet changes were also made to the body and interior of the successful van as part of a model upgrade in 1981. Numerous improvements to the dashboard, headlights and noise insulation transformed the T 2 into an even more driver-friendly vehicle. After some 450,000 units of the T 2 had been produced, the successor series T 2 N (N for “New”) saw the light of day in 1986. With the completely new generation, Mercedes-Benz took another significant step towards the future.

T 2 N profile

Production period:


Types of construction:

Panel van, flatbed, minibus


Petrol engines 2.3 liter (70-77 kW/95-105 hp); Diesel engines 2.3-4.0 liter (53-100 kW/72-136 hp)


5.335–7.210 mm


2.180–2.240 mm


2.580–2.905 mm


3.150–4.250 mm

Gross vehicle weight:

4,60–7,49 t

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The new generation van T 2 N.

Mainly equipped with diesel engines, the powerful Düsseldorfers were given even more power – not only to transport heavy loads but also to get from A to B faster. Introduced in 1986, it was not just the engine that was new in the T 2 N. Even the old design was more angular and functional than comparable vehicles. But with the T 2 N, this approach was pushed even further. The dimensions had also grown subtly, which benefited the loading space volume, but did not result in any loss of driving performance.

A T 2 minibus parked at an airport, and passengers are stepping out of the vehicle

The O 309, the minibus version of the T 2, not only offers space for numerous passengers, but also a high level of comfort.

The backbone of a company.

In 1996 the T 2 N appeared in revised form under the new name Vario. Thus the internal designations finally became obsolete and gave way to a clear and sonorous name. One thing, however, has not changed in the development of the T 2, T 2 N and Vario van generations. Thanks to the generous storage space and the extensive range of superstructures, numerous companies have used the Mercedes-Benz vans of these model series, then as now. Today, for example, many food truck owners have also accommodated their mobile kitchen and sales platform into the interior of the cargo area. The powerful and extremely reliable engine ensures that hungry customers can be served from near and far. Last but not least, the T 2 and its successors are a popular choice for restaurants on wheels because of their charming exterior. After all, eating is a visual pleasure.

A true all-rounder.

Its reputation precedes the cult van in other industries as well. Even today, in the age of Vito, Sprinter and Citan, some companies still rely on the sheer power and endurance of their T 2s and its successors. For example, the company BUG drain cleaning has a mighty arsenal of heavy tools – no problem for their 816 D. As digital nomads, many vanlifers also like to live in their cult T 2 vans, such as the Dutch couple Michel and Brenda. Toffe Camper specializes in the development and rental of Düsseldorfers as well. After a trip with their 613 D, the Dutch couple Dave and Marjolijn decided, out of love for their “DüDos,” to make this kind of traveling happiness available to other families.

The emperor abdicates.

For many years, the T 2 and its successors were regarded as top dogs dominating their van segment. With the steady expansion of the Sprinter model range, the Vario, the last development stage of the T 2 N, was finally released into its well-earned retirement in 2013 – at least in terms of production. The last vehicles to be produced in 2013 will certainly also serve their users faithfully for decades to come. Today, the Sprinter continues the lifework of the cult van series and is now on course for the future with the eSprinter. After all, the T 2 and its successors have produced 630,000 units over 46 years. And those who know that their heritage is in good hands can then hand over the baton with a clear conscience.

The first generation of the Mercedes-Benz T 2 from the inside

The driver's cab of the T 2 is driver-friendly and simple.

A Mercedes-Benz T 2 flatbed is parked at a factory and is being loaded

The right Mercedes-Benz for every company, here the T 2 406 D as a flatbed.

A loaded Mercedes-Benz Vario flatbed off to its next destination

Mercedes-Benz Vario - the worthy successor to the T 2 N.

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Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Mario Adornetto’s Sprinter as creative room.

A man standing in front of a painted Sprinter in the driveway of a house

Whether in his paintings or his architecture studio –
Jack of all trades Mario Adornetto has found his own creative form of expression.

Mario Adornetto’s creative zone.

A proud lion in wild red and yellow stretching across the large canvas, an eagle with a beak in bright orange or a gorilla in midnight blue mosaic. If you look around Mario Adornetto’s studio, you will quickly recognize the artistic language he speaks: expressive, colorful, dramatic. “When two years ago my wife gave me a large, empty canvas for my birthday, it heralded a new era for me,” says the 52-year-old. He has painted over 150 paintings to date. Paintings that hang in houses in Quebec, New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and European countries like Italy, France or Belgium. At the same time, his passion for painting is currently a sideline to his main occupation.

A man carrying an empty canvas

It all began with an empty canvas.

A motto for success.

The French Canadian runs a studio for architectural design in Quebec on a full-time basis. He also attended an architecture course after twelve years of gaining artistic experience and techniques in various jobs. “The first year in the company was a complete success,” recalls Mario. “I had a new vision of the family home, and the aesthetics and design I brought to the market were innovative and appealing.” His recipe for success? “Ambition, passion and determination take you where you want to go,” he says. A motto that has accompanied him from the very beginning. Even as a young boy, the edges of his exercise books served as a creative place of expression.

A man holding a painting of a lion in front of a grey Sprinter

Twelve years of experience in the artistic field solidified Mario’s talent.

A balance of craftsmanship.

His creativity has paid double for Mario. The architecture studio has been developing design concepts for custom-built houses for over 25 years now. The services range from detailed building plans to interior design and 3D visualization of the object for the customer. He selects the ideal location at the site for each house to harmonize the views and to best capture the movements of light and sun. Mario also creates harmony on the canvas – in the interplay of colors, shades and contrasts.

A man painting an eagle on a canvas

The art is to create balance – a skill that Mario masters.

Art in the back.

But what happens when your first art exhibition is a huge success? You then have to deliver the sold paintings to the customer. In the beginning, Mario did that on the roof of his SUV. “A very impractical solution,” he admits. After careful consideration, he ended up in a Mercedes-Benz dealership. “A beige Sprinter 4×4 immediately caught my eye; the Safari look was exactly my thing. At that moment, I knew this was my van.” In the beginning, it was only used as a van, but today Mario and his wife also drive the Sprinter privately. “The van was a brilliant investment,” he says.

A man loading paintings into a Sprinter

The Sprinter 4×4 is perfect for Mario’s large and delicate paintings.

Modern vibes with a touch of timelessness.

At the moment Mario is preparing for his second exhibition. About 30 paintings will be on auction. “Then I will sell replicas of my works, including limited and signed objects,” the artist announces. Meanwhile, however, his architecture studio is running at full speed. How does he keep both trades in balance? According to his 50/50 rule. “At the beginning of the week I meet with customers and design their dream houses and the rest of the week I dedicate to my paintings,” he says. Whether for architecture or art, Mario has the same intention for both: “I want to give my work a modern and noble atmosphere, but in a timeless sense.” But you can already guess where his focus is headed in the future. “My gut feeling tells me that one day my art will become my main occupation.”

A man sitting in front of a series of paintings

For his second exhibition Mario wants to present 30 animal paintings.

A man standing next to a painting of a gorilla

Once the painting has reached a maximum of drama and emotion, it is complete for the artist.

A man standing in front of two canvases with sketched animal heads

Irrespective of his art or architecture: Mario wants to give his works a timeless atmosphere.

A painted Sprinter 4x4 in a driveway

The Sprinter 4x4 is Mario's ultimate companion.

Photos: Mario Adornetto

More Links to explore: Website @Instagram @Facebook 


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Professional lightning protection
thanks to the Sprinter fleet.

A red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter parked in front of an industrial plant

Hans Thormählen GmbH has been an expert in the field of lightning and surge protection for over 65 years. The family-owned company attaches great importance not only to high-quality products and services, but also to reliable and comfortable vehicles.

The interplay of lightning and thunder.

Black clouds spread across the sky. A battle rages in their midst. Tiny water particles collide violently. This is how increasingly strong electrical current is generated. Suddenly an enormous lightning bolt flashes and lights up the sky. For a moment, everything seems to stand still. A short time later, a loud crack breaks the silence. It ends in loud bass rumbling and a big bang. It marks the finale of an ancient dialogue: The interplay of lightning and thunder. A process that illustrates the pure power of nature probably more than anything else.

Lightning discharges from a cloud

Approximately two million lightning bolts discharge over Germany every year.

Controllable nature.

For a long time, this natural spectacle was considered uncontrollable. Mythologically, lightning was even attributed to the wrath of the gods. Because in reality it regularly caused severe damage, to buildings, for example. So, who could oppose this with any seriousness? A few hundred years later, however, the curse of resentment in the sky suddenly became history. Why? Because there are companies that specialize in building protection. “Even today, lightning cannot be prevented as a natural phenomenon. In the meantime, however, it is controllable. It’ s simply fascinating,” explains Reyno Thormählen. The 55-year-old is the managing director of a company with a long tradition in the Lower Saxony municipality of Großenmeer, Germany.

Portrait of Reyno Thormählen

Even after many years in operation, Reyno Thormählen
is still enthusiastic about lightning protection.

Electrical engineer with a passion.

Thormählen has been providing professional lightning protection throughout Germany for 65 years. Right from the start under the leadership of the same family. ” However, I am not really a genuine Thormählen. I am the son-in-law of the company founder and got to know my wife during my electrical engineering studies,” explains Reyno Thormählen. His studies turned the current managing director into a graduate engineer. The electrical engineer is particularly interested in advancing new technologies. “I am closely involved in technical developments. I’m also happy when I can bring my experience to bear on complicated questions from customers or colleagues,” says Reyno Thormählen.

The status quo of lightning protection.

Modern structural lightning and fire protection and the high complexity of electrical and electronic devices in buildings require new protective measures. Today, a single metal wire is no longer sufficient to adequately protect the building from the effects of lightning, including the numerous electronic devices in the house. In addition to a metal catch and discharge device, a modern earthing system is used. It is completed by an advanced equipotential bonding system, which includes, for example, surge protection devices.

A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter parked in front of a tall building

Safety and protection are the top priorities for Hans Thormählen GmbH..

Dialogue, reliability and excellent products.

Reyno Thormählen is often in dialogue with his employees. “As managing director, I always try to have a sympathetic ear for my colleagues and an interest in what they do. For me, this is one of the strengths of a family business. We all stick together,” he explains. And the same applies to the reliability of Hans Thormählen GmbH towards its customers, which decides whether it can continue to exist for another 65 years. “That’s why I chose Mercedes-Benz for our fleet. For me, there are many parallels between Mercedes-Benz and our company. They are brands that have proven their worth over many years, they have a reputation to uphold, and they are excellent products that are worth their price,” says the managing director.

 Two men talking in front of a red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Dialogue is valued within the company

The Sprinter fleet of Thormählen.

The 38 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters in the Thormählen fleet provide an essential part of the company’s service: installation. They transport tools, fasteners and heavy materials such as round and flat wires or weighting stones. Some vans also use lattice boxes to transport solid cable drums. “The Sprinters give us the perfect opportunity to get our goods to the site. The numerous assembly and configuration options for the new Sprinter generation in particular greatly simplify and optimize our everyday lives,” says Reyno Thormählen. So, what could be dangerous for the company? Perhaps it would just be the absence of lightning.

A man sitting in a red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

The Sprinter as a mobile workshop: The employees of Hans Thormählen GmbH appreciate their workplace on four wheels.

A man climbing up a tower, below is a red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

For employees of Hans Thormählen GmbH, fear of heights is not an issue.

Two red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter in front of a building

For larger installations, two Sprinters are often required at the same time.

A red Mercedes-Benz Sprinter from the side

Fast and competent - Hans Thormählen GmbH has a total
of 38 fully equipped Sprinters to react immediately in the case of an emergency.

Photos: Werbeagentur/ Gundlach, Unsplash (Brandon Morgan)

More Links to explore: @website   


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Modern interior design
with the Sprinter fleet of böhmler.

A group of men standing in front of a Sprinter fleet

The family business böhmler shows how a furnishing retailer has developed over four generations while keeping its finger on the pulse.

A company in its fourth generation.

Munich, 1875: Johann Georg Böhmler goes into business for himself and founds a small specialist shop for feather beds and “home furnishings.” His company “böhmler” quickly establishes itself in the industry, and soon after its foundation, it was allowed to call itself “Royal Bavarian Court Supplier.” With the move to Munich’s old town, its range of services also expanded into the commercial sector, and the product range and customer service improved. But would Johann Georg Böhmler have ever expected his company to look back at over 140 years of history, 200 employees, three locations – and still be family-owned in the fourth generation? No one knows. But the right factors were always passed on: Family unity, a passion for furnishing, and a keen business sense.

An illuminated böhmler furniture store from the outside

A company which has moved with the times.

The böhmler recipe for success.

Böhmler Senior was succeeded by his son Georg, whose three sons took over the company after him and passed it on to the fourth generation in 1993. The three cousins Georg, Stephan, and Thomas still run the company today. During this time, böhmler survived two world wars, expanded its commercial activities, and opened in two additional cities – Stuttgart and Nuremberg. How could the company keep up with the times? Technological progress and lifestyles have changed tremendously. “The willingness of every generation to react quickly and flexibly to changing living needs has payed off,” explains Stephan Böhmler. In addition, böhmler attaches great importance to its philosophy: To inspire, to encourage and to tempt customers to dream again and again. “For us, furnishing is the art of living – an individual art for everyone,” says Georg Böhmler.

Inscription "1875 J.G. Böhmler 1949."

In 1875 the Munich furnishing retailer böhmler was founded by Johann Georg (J.G.) Böhmler.

From the bare brickwork to the decoration:
The böhmler concept.

From the Royal Bavarian Court Supplier to a modern furnishing retailer that bundles all required expertise under one roof. This is what distinguishes böhmler from other furniture stores. “Through many years of tradition, customers could figuratively give us their front door keys and ask us to convert their house, apartment or loft and refurbish it for them from scratch. From the bare brickwork to the decoration”, explains Georg Böhmler. All services relating to living and furnishing, all trades work hand in hand. böhmler covers the following areas of the private and commercial business sectors: Interior concepts, floor coverings and parquet, office and commercial furnishings, advice on furnishing issues and interior decoration.

Room with designer furniture and a picture gallery on the wall

Set up, planning and implementation: All these services are covered by böhmler.

The Sprinter team.

No good furniture store worth its salt can exist without the appropriate means of transport. The böhmler fleet comprises of 14 vehicles, which are used at three locations. “As a company with a long tradition, we feel very at home with the Mercedes-Benz brand. Image, value retention and high quality perfectly match our company standards,” says Thomas Böhmler, Managing Director of böhmler Flooring and Parquet. The Sprinters are left in their original condition and equipped with Sortimo’s craftsmen equipment, including shelving and tool storage systems. This enables optimal use of space. Reliability, spacious cargo areas, floor surfaces, and weight allowances of up to three tons make the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter the perfect craftsman’s vehicles – ideal for böhmler. A special plus is the parking-assist, which is very helpful, especially in Munich’s city center.

Fleet of vehicles in an alleyway

Image, value retention and high quality:
böhmler and Mercedes-Benz share the same corporate philosophy.

Loyal since 1875 and no end in sight.

The furnishing retailer böhmler intends to remain true to its values and its demands for high quality and originality. “This is our guarantee for success,” says Wolfgang Hofmann, Managing Director of böhmler Office und Commercial Business. And this is also proven by the company’s 140-year history. If they continue to manage to keep pace with changing consumer and buying behavior, anticipate the needs of customers and inspire them, then nothing stands in their way. “We love what we do. We are furnishers with heart and soul, it is in our blood and our employees, who are our most important asset, also live this philosophy. And of course, we also want to continue to be first-class in the future,” says Matthias Böhmler, who is already in the starting blocks ready to manage the company in the fifth generation. Success with no end in sight.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: böhmler

More Links to explore: böhmler – Website, @instagram , @facebook , @YouTube


Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Hello freedom: Vanlife with the 410 D.

Blauer Mercedes-Benz Van am Strand neben Palmen

Gilles and Maggy combine work and life in their Mercedes-Benz 410 D -
with the sun as their compass.

Vanlife as a miracle cure for boredom.

Gilles and Maggy’s daily routine eventually became too tedious for them. After almost ten years of a slowly creeping monotony in Paris, the two freelance graphic designers seized the chance for an adventure. What began as the idea of a motorcycle road trip – Gill has a passion for motorcycles – developed into the idea of an extensive trip through Europe. “We wanted to do something more comfortable and suitable for longer distances,” says Maggy. Not a just for motorcycles. That’s when the term “vanlife” first appeared on the scene. The idea of being a nomad impressed the two so much that they decided to move directly into a van full time: “After everything had been clarified with the French authorities, we dissolved our residence and have been living in our home on four wheels since June 2018.”

A blue Mercedes-Benz van with a red motorcycle on the back.

There’s even a motorbike on their van.

“Prépère” – a cosy van with a lot to offer.

There were many factors that convinced Gilles and Maggy to move into their van called “Prépère”, which means “cuddly” in French. It saved money, which would normally be spent on a house or rented apartment under normal circumstances, making their lives easier. They also have access to places they would otherwise never have seen. “What has motivated us and still drives us is the dynamism of the vanlife community,” they affirm. The vanlife community offered them a whole new social network that they and Prépère quickly joined. There was no question that an old Mercedes-Benz van would be their companion. Its durability, the straightforward electronics, its generous payload for equipment such as motorcycles plus its original, cool look speaks for itself.


Mercedes-Benz 410 D

Year of construction


Production location





6 meters


2 meters

Permissible total weight:

3.70 meters

Zulässiges Gesamtgewicht:

3.5 tons

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View of the setting sun from the bed inside a van

As long as they feel the warm sun on their skin,
Gilles and Maggy know they are on the right track.

Creature comforts for an ideal journey.

With the navy blue van the two feel really pampered. On their travels they have a refrigerator, heating, a bed, lots of windows, storage space and even a small living room. Most of all they appreciate their shower and toilet. “We are impressed by people who live in a van without such features,” they admit. Everything that was changed on the original vehicle – from the insulation, the construction of the shower, the windows and lighting to the wooden furniture and walls – was done by the two of them by hand. Why did it work so well? Gilles and Maggy have a knack for DIY projects. Gilles’ greatest hobby is rebuilding motorcycles, and Maggy lives out her passion for painting in her profession as a graphic designer and illustrator. On their Instagram page they regularly share their inspirations for DIY projects. Products such as sleeping masks, laptop trays, storage baskets et cetera are mainly used to simplify vanlife.

“We want to explore new countries and wild places and maintain a relaxed pace of life while spending as much time as possible outdoors.”
Interior design of a van

Practically everything in and around the van is a result of their DIY.

A journey without a foreseeable end.

Work, life, hobbies – and all that while you’re on the road in the van: In this way you can explore a lot of different places. “We’ve been on the road for a year and a half now. We’ve always been following one thing, the sun and its warmth,” Maggy says. According to this motto, the couple travelled to many places in France such as the Vosges Mountains, the Morvan Nature Park, Provence, the Basque Country and Brittany. In the five months they spent in Spain, they visited the desert of Tabernas, Granada and most of the south coast. The moon-like desert landscape of Bardenas Reales left a lasting impression. And that is by no means the end: Gilles and Maggy’s list still includes countries such as Portugal, Switzerland, Italy (the Dolomites) and Slovenia. Meanwhile Maggy wants to carve wooden spoons and chase Gilles on his motorcycle through the wilderness. Their common goal is to always have tanned feet, on which you can see flip-flop tan lines.

A blue van passing through a desert landscape

The desert of Tabernas in Spain was a particular attraction for the two of them.

Two people stand in front of a blue Mercedes-Benz Van

Taking enough time is an important building block for vanlife happiness.

A man driving a van at dusk

At some point, the nomadic couple would like to acquire a permanent residence where they can stay between journeys.

Photos: Gilles und Maggy  

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Regardless of what job you have to tackle – the Sprinter will make your day-to-day tasks easier. And even if those tasks are weighty ones, together, you’ll move mountains. Thanks to a host of different variants and over 600 optional features, the Sprinter can meet a wide variety of requirements.

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Easy car loading with the pactris app.

A couple stands surrounded by parcels in front of the open tailgate of a V-Class

As a digital packing assistant, the pactris app helps to answer the questions if and how the selected products and packages would best fit in the trunk while shopping.

Say goodbye to package puzzles:
now also available for the V-Class.

In 2015, the pactris app emerged as the winning idea from Daimler’s “DigitalLife Day,” an employee ideas competition. One year later, it was available in the app stores – initially for the smart compact car. Following successful pilot runs, pactris is now available as a new service for Mercedes-Benz drivers. The innovative app is now also available for the Mercedes-Benz V-Class. The idea was to use virtual loading to help pactris make optimal use of space in the trunk.

A couple pushes two shopping trolleys full of parcels through a furniture store

No more problems loading the V-Class thanks to the digital packing assistant.

Packing the trunk easy and smart.

This situation is probably familiar to everyone: After a successful shopping spree, you are standing in front of your car, frantically wondering how everything is going to fit into the trunk. That’s what Sebastian Thiemt, the creator of pactris, did. “There are countless apps – why not provide a service for simple everyday problems with a huge annoyance factor,” he thought. No sooner said than done: A sophisticated algorithm tells users as they shop if and how everything will fit into the trunk of their V-Class. Just scan the barcodes of the items – for example, in a furniture store. The app shows how the packages fit into the V-Class. More than five million barcodes are already stored in the system.

  • A woman scans barcodes from parcels on a shopping cart with her smartphone.
  • A red V-Class in a multi-story car park
  • A couple stands in front of a van loaded with parcels and looks at a smartphone
  • A woman looks at her smartphone, while a man in the background loads parcels into a van

Loading the V-Class with pactris: Here's how it works.

  1. While shopping, scan the barcode: pactris helps you to estimate the V-Class space even during your shopping trip. To do this, scan the barcodes of the parcels using the app.
  2. Have the optimal placement of the product calculated: Once the barcode of a parcel has been scanned, the app calculates if and how it best fits into the V-Class. Parcels that have already been scanned are taken into account. If a barcode is not saved, the object can be measured with the AR function of the app.
  3. Load the products quickly and easily: After the shopping trip, pactris indicates the order in which the packages and items are best packed in the V-Class.

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Use the AR feature to measure all objects.

“The V-Class’s versatility is a great challenge because the cargo area can be designed almost infinitely by moving or removing the bench seats,” explains Sebastian Thiemt. pactris solves all loading problems by using a specially developed artificial intelligence system. The developers are particularly satisfied with the AR feature of the app: “We are proud that we have been able to achieve excellent usability so quickly with this new technology. Some people even use it just to measure things.” The versions for other Mercedes-Benz models will follow in the future.

A couple is appraising a table in an antique shop

There is still some room for the table in the cargo area.

A couple checking a smartphone in an antique shop

Don't despair, ask pactris, the digital loading assistant.

A smartphone with the Pactris app that displays a loaded V-Class.

The app displays the current status of the load.

A couple carrying a small table to a V-Class parked on a city street

This turns the shopping tour into a success.

A couple loads a small wooden table into the almost fully loaded trunk of a V-Class

Packing meets Tetris: The concept is remarkably easy.

A smartphone with the Pactris App in front of a fully loaded V-Class

Thanks to clever loading, every inch can be used.

Photos: Maren Wiesner & Louis Cieplik

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The Vito helps you get ahead – both out on the road and in your business. Its cost-effectiveness and quality are as exemplary as its versatility and safety.

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How the “Tempo Matador” turned into the L206 D.

A blue Mercedes-Benz L 206 D on a country road at the edge of a forest

From 1970, the Mercedes-Benz L 206 D supplemented the Mercedes-Benz vans commercial vehicle range. But it was a long journey to that point.

Mercedes-Benz L 206: A metamorphosis.

Even at the time of its market launch, the L 206 could look back on a long history. In its 22-year existence, it also changed manufacturer three times. But how did this all come about? And what made this charming van so attractive for Mercedes-Benz?

The original model, the “Tempo Matador” made in Hamburg, was known from 1966 onwards under the brand name “Rheinstahl – Hanomag” after being taken over by the parent company Rheinstahl AG. After the foundation of Hanomag – Henschel Fahrzeugwerke in 1968 and subsequent takeover by Daimler-Benz AG in 1970, the diesel models of the series were equipped with Mercedes Benz diesel engines. One year later, the van was offered in parallel as a Mercedes-Benz product. In the same year, the new light vans L 206 D and L 306 D were presented at the Daimler-Benz plant in Düsseldorf. In contrast to the Hanomag-Henschel models that were still on offer, these had some new features.

A sepia picture of a Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

The Mercedes-Benz L 206 D can look back on a 22-year career.

An attractive expansion of the van model range.

The Harburg vans were ideal for Mercedes-Benz. They were a welcome addition to the existing model range. The Harburger van had a front engine and front-wheel drive, which made it possible to have a flat loading surface throughout. This made it different from the competitors’ models, which relied on a rear engine. The Mercedes-Benz diesel engines used from 1970 onwards came from the passenger car models: The OM 615 from the 200 D/8 with 40 kW/55 PS, from 1972 onwards the more powerful version of the OM 615 with 44 kW/60 PS from the 220 D/8. The Austin carburettor engines were used in the petrol models of the series until the end of production in 1977.

Interior of a Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

With windows all around, the minibus offers a great advantage:
A fantastic view of the outside world for the driver and up to eight passengers.

Gradually becoming a masterpiece.

In January 1973 the L 206 D shone with new splendor: Colors such as bast yellow, columbia blue or pearl grey perfected the revised model series. Both the face of the vehicle and the time-tested front-wheel drive remained the same. The Mercedes-Benz L 206 D was modified and was now available in new versions.

As early as 1972, an improved seat, suspended pedals and new exterior mirrors offered more driving comfort and safety on the road. Steering and brakes were also optimized inside the vehicle, so that even tougher road conditions could be mastered with ease. The vans with a payload of 1,000 kg up to a respectable 2,000 kg took on a number of challenges. Up to eight passengers could be comfortably accommodated in the vehicle.

Today, the L 206 D is still proudly referred to as the “lightweight” van of the 70s and does not only look good on classic car rallies. As a minibus it complemented the commercial vehicle range below its “big brother”, the L 407, which is still used worldwide today as a camper van.

The steering wheel of a Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

At the time of the L 206 D, power steering was still very rare in vans,
so the driving experience was more enjoyable.

Vehicle profile L 206 D

Production period


Production locations

Hamburg-Harburg and Bremen

Base model


Successor model

"Bremen van"/TN/T 1


Minibus, panel van, high loader flatbed truck


OM 615, 2 l, 4 cylinders, prechamber diesel

Output power

44 kW (60 PS)

Length of

4.490 mm or 5.030 mm (panel van and minibus)

Width of

1.820 mm


2.400 mm oder 2.920 mm (panel van and minibus)


up to 1,3 t

Gross vehicle weight

2,4–2,8 t

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Steering wheel and engine of a Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

From 1972, the L 206 D was equipped with the 44 kW (60 PS) 2.2 liter OM 615 diesel engine.

Rear view of a blue Mercedes-Benz L 206 D

Due to the flat loading sill at the rear, the L 206 D was particularly popular with craftsmen.

A blue Mercedes-Benz L 206 D from the side

The L 206 D was offered as a minibus or panel van.

Photos: Kai Knoerzer, Daimler


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130 countries in 20 years:
The adventures of a globetrotter.

A man with a chequered jacket in a mountain landscape in front of a grey Sprinter

João Leitão has been travelling around the world since 1999 and reports adventures that take your breath away. His goal is to inspire people to do the same.

Revelations of a nomad.

By the campfire, João Leitão could tell you stories of his life for nights on end: He flew above Mount Everest, lived as a monk in a Buddhist monastery and climbed the highest sand dune in the world. He swam with wale sharks, fed wild hyaenas by hand and crossed the Sahara on a moped. With 20 years of travel experience, the native Portuguese relies on a wealth of personal memories. In his blog “Nomad Revelations” – João shares the pros and cons of his lifestyle, as well as the incredible places and things he has been able to experience on account of it. His intention is to encourage people to go out and discover the world – and to do it not only during a two-week holiday.

A group of camels encircles a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

It is the unforeseen encounters that make travelling worthwhile.

A Sprinter is parked in a desert landscape

Sand, snow, rock – the wheels of João’s Sprinter 4×4 have touched all these surfaces.

A nomad knows no limits.

João Leitão was born in the Portuguese capital of Lisbon. In various lectures at Lisbon University, from which he graduated in Visual Arts, he first came into contact with the topics of travel, the beauty of the earth and the miscellaneous lifestyles of its inhabitants. Fascinated by these stories, he set out to explore the world. João’s destinations include more than 130 UN-countries and other regions which officially do not even exist, such as Somaliland or Transnistria. In these scarcely explored regions and on the other legs of his long-time journey, João had lots of unusual experiences: Berbers invited him to a triple wedding in the Sahara, he drove along the equator up to the “Fin del Mundo” (the end of the world) – the Southernmost point of Argentina. In the space of 550 hours, he crossed the Amazon, took part in a Caucasian Challenge Rally, received Kung Fu training in Iran, travelled across Timbuktu and lived with a Kazakh nomadic family.

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The Sprinter 4×4 as a “survival insurance”.

João travels a lot, but he still does have a home. Since 2006, he has lived with his wife and child in the South of Morocco where he runs a hotel and a business which organizes tours. And after a long search, João even found the perfect mobile home for the time he spends on the road. His requirements were: a four-wheel-drive, low fuel consumption, easy parking, a low-floor van with a high roof. He finally selected a Sprinter 4×4, built in 2005, with a two-litre, five-cylinder turbo diesel engine. When he bought it, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, also known as T 1 N, had around 160,000 kilometres on the clock. Since then, quite a few more have been added. Whether in Kazakhstan, Iraq or Kyrgyzstan – not all of the world’s roads are tarred. Therefore, a reliable vehicle with four-wheel drive is indispensable for João.

A Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is parked next to a brook

At dusk: The deep quiet is almost tangible.

Travelling versus holidays.

Of course, life as a long-term nomad also involves drawbacks and risks that João does not want to hide. In Mauretania, Iran, Congo and Mali weapons were aimed at him due to misunderstandings. In twelve different countries, the police stopped him. For eight months, he was put out of action after having contracted malaria in Congo. Nevertheless, he remained true to his lifestyle. It taught him valuable life lessons – which tend to expand one’s consciousness more than books ever could. In João’s eyes, there is a clear difference between travelling as a lifestyle and travelling for vacation purposes. Whereas during a holiday only small pieces of what the earth has to offer will reveal themselves, a genuine traveller will merge the earth with his own world. After more than 20 years “on the road”, João has become one with the whole world.

On his blog, João shares 52 helpful tips which make travelling easier. These are the ten most important ones:

  1. Do not pack anything that you could not afford to lose.
  2. Ask for permission before taking somebody’s photo.
  3. Inform yourself about local customs.
  4. Talk to the people at your bank about the international use of your card.
  5. Look for activities that are free of charge.
  6. Pack your oldest clothes.
  7. Do not change money immediately upon entering a new country.
  8. Always carry your most important possessions with you.
  9. Do not underestimate the advantages of travel insurances.
  10. Learn the basics of the language of the country you want to visit.

The interior of a converted Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Trendy, practical, cosy: In this van, you can feel at home anywhere in the world.

A Sprinter 4x4 in a desert landscape

Far away from civilization, João needs a vehicle he can rely on.

A flock of sheep in the desert, with a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4 behind it

João has visited Tajikistan, too.

Two Mercedes-Benz vans in the desert

Meeting of the generations: Others also rely on the brand with the star.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: João Leitão

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Timeless camping fun, packaged in vintage splendour – the Mercedes-Benz L 319.

A Mercedes-Benz L 319 Mikafa is parked under an archway

Finding an L 319 for sale in good condition is a rare. However, it is practically impossible to find an exceptional Mikafa camper van.

Cult vehicles from Minden.

In the ’50s, the market for campervans was rather meagre. There were hardly any vehicles that met the demands of travel enthusiasts available at an affordable price. With one exception, the Mercedes-Benz L 319 – modified by Mikafa. Originating from the abbreviation for Mindener Karosserie and Fahrzeugbau GmbH, the name Mikafa already stood for innovative and high-quality caravans and campervans. With great attention to detail and skilled workmanship, Mikafa vehicles achieved their iconic status, something that continues to this day.

An L 319 campervan parked in front of a meadow

A legend: The L 319 from Mikafa.

“The price was fairly steep, but I knew that I would never have a chance like this again.”

No distance is too great for your dream car.

As a confirmed classic van enthusiast, Bastian had been searching for an L 319 for almost six years. Then he found the classified ad for his future travel companion “Tassilo.” “At first I could hardly believe it.” An L 319 Mikafa in good condition from the first owner with an MOT seemed like an offer he could not refuse. The same day and 600 kilometers later, he stood facing the blue and white camper for the first time. Without any hesitation, he made the decision and six weeks later became the proud owner of the vintage vehicle.

Profile L 319 Mikafa




Mindener Karosserie und Fahrzeugbau GmbH

Production date:



319 (L 406)


2-liter-diesel, 40 kW


6,3 m


2,5 m

Maximum playload:

3,5 t

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A Mercedes-Benz L 319 Mikafa from the inside

Spacious and comfortable, the L 319 Mikafa is ideal for family getaways.

A van with a history.

This van was a stroke of luck not only due to its rarity. With its previous owner, who wanted to give it up for reasons of age, the van had experienced numerous adventures. As a photographer, he wanted to go out into the big, wide world after his studies. Produced between 1955 and 1968, the L 319 came from a time when travelling was not as affordable and easy as it is today. But with the rebuilt L 319 by Mikafa, nothing stood in the way of the world trip. As a couple, the two were to explore the most distant corners of the world in the next half-century and document where they ended up. The photographer landed in Malaysia via Israel and India and finally even toured Japan, all in his blue and white Mercedes-Benz L 319.

Various maps and brochures lying on a wooden table

A small section of the historical service brochures
that the L 319 Mikafa was able to get hold of on Its travels.

With age comes beauty.

Bastian did not inherit the Mikafa completely without signs of wear, which was no wonder given the completed world tour. But with a new set of seat covers and minor repairs in the driver’s cab, the cult vehicle shone in all its old glory. Even the paintwork on the aluminium body was still in its original condition. “Tassilo” accommodates up to four passengers who don’t have to complain about lack of space. “I wanted to make long trips to the north more comfortably while accommodating the whole family without having to make big compromises,” says Bastian. With a glass roof and a beautiful cockpit, the Mercedes-Benz L 319 from Mikafa is a real feast for the eyes – both inside and out.

“People smile at you everywhere and point. And that’s because the L 319’s appealing look invites you to do so.”

A collector’s item that is escaping retirement.

Some would never use such a collector’s item outside their hallowed halls. However, this L 319 is still used for what it was created for: Family travels. With his family and Tassilo, Bastian continues to hit the road, and the original engine does not let them down. Inspired by his L 319, he describes travelling in his van as a true event. “It is a different way to travel. The journey is often the reward,” he explains. Then, as now, vans with the star were built with great attention to detail. Whether it is the sunroof that slides to the side of the L 319 or the step at the front of the Sprinter – Mercedes-Benz vans always have an ace up their sleeves.

An L 319 classic campervan parked under some trees

The likeable appearance is one reason why many collectors love the L 319.

The cockpit of an old Mercedes-Benz L 319

Timeless charm: The cockpit of the L 319 classic van from Mercedes-Benz.

The cockpit of a Mikafa L 319 with focus on the radio

In the cockpit of the L 319 there is a beautiful old radio.

An L 319 classic campervan driving on a country road

The journey is the reward with the Mercedes-Benz L 319 from Mikafa.

Several plaques hang in the side window of an L 319 Mikafa

Plaques from all over the world decorate the window of Bastian's L 319 Mikafa.

The integrated kitchenette of an L 319 motorhome with a gas stove and sink.

The 1967 vehicle even has an integrated kitchenette and sufficient storage space for supplies.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Bastian Wriedt


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The creative workshop Tüftelei:
A Vario as analog refuge.

A blue Mercedes-Benz Vario is parked in a parking lot

With the project "Tüftelei" Peter Michalski wants to teach people to take things into their own hands again. This mission is Peter's very own path to happiness.

Full power without a sense of success.

A balmy day by the sea. Away from a chatty group of guys, Peter finds a quiet spot. He has taken two weeks off. Sitting on a rock, he finally starts to think. “Eat, sleep, repeat – and work as much as possible in between.” He has been walking this path for 20 years now: 2 decades of full power. But for what? “Well, I haven’t received a trophy yet,” whispers Peter and smiles. On the other hand, he has had a bunch of successful marketing concepts and business strategies. Would he prefer a trophy? As he thinks about it. Slowly an idea begins to develop.

A man sitting in a van laughing

After 20 years in his profession, Peter put his life plan to the test.

Invent your dream job.

“What I lacked at the time was something tangible. Everything I had done up to that point was so fleeting,” Peter says. While sitting on a rock by the sea, he decided to say goodbye to the world of marketing and goodbye to the world of IT. But his demands on the new job were high. Back home in Munich, Peter quickly realized that a normal job was out of the question. Little by little, he found himself inventing his dream job. “I had a strong impulse to do something with my hands. At the same time, I wanted to share this experience with other people,” he explains.

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The starting point.

Only Peter was certain that his project would become a kind of workshop. A place where people work together. Then, in countless training courses, Peter learned how to handle wood, leather and other materials. He also read a lot about craftsmanship and pedagogy. “The educational books made it clear to me that the project should have a workshop character,” he says. In his search for the perfect property, Peter came across an advertisement for a Mercedes-Benz Vario quite by chance. “I just thought to myself, wow! That fits like a glove! Why not have a mobile workshop? This coincidence really inspired me.” The very next day he inspected the vehicle and bought it immediately. As if out of nowhere, Peter came up with a name and “Tüftelei” was born.

Several people working in a van at a workbench

Peter’s dream: Working with together with people doing handicrafts.

Being creative in the workshop ‘Tüftelei.’

But before the workshops could begin, the work on the Vario needed to be done. “The most important part of the conversion was the workbench. It is simply the centerpiece of the creative work,” says Peter. The idea was to install the workbench in the middle of the vehicle so that the participants could stand around it and work. “I wanted people to look at each other and be invited to help one another,” explains Peter. The conversion took some six months until June 2018. “In the end, I was really thrilled. It was just amazing what you can fit into this vehicle. Everything could be realized and we have created a real mobile workshop,” says Peter proudly.

Peter’s trophy.

Peter can also be very proud of what followed. ” The order books are really good. I think you can say that the concept worked,” he says. Week after week, he now heads for various locations in the greater Munich area. This way, Peter invites interested parties to immerse themselves in his analogue world. The participants of his workshops learn how to build knife blocks, how to design leather wristbands, how to create things with their own hands. “There is no real target group. That’s the way it should be. Because creativity should be available to everyone willing. That’s my main motivation,” explains Peter. With this mission he travels through the country in his blue Vario. ” Eventually I somehow got my trophy”, says Peter and grins a winning smile.

Peter stands with participants of a workshop in the Vario

Peter is happy to pass on his knowledge to the participants of the workshops.

Peter at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz Vario

Peter is happy to be at the wheel of his own professional future.

A piece of wood is sawn

Wood is a frequently used material.

A blue Mercedes-Benz Vario is parked in a car park

Where the Vario can be found is decided month by month.

The shown conversions were carried out by independent third parties. The suppliers and conversions were not checked by Mercedes-Benz. In this respect, these illustrations do not represent an assessment of the supplier and/or conversions by Mercedes-Benz.

Photos: Peter Michalski

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