Van profile: Mercedes-Benz 208 D Sprinter

Shaped the face of an entire vehicle class – the Mercedes-Benz 208 D Sprinter. Its diversity has made the Sprinter a best-seller since 1995.


Daimler-Benz AG

Production period

1955 – 1999

Successor model

Sprinter II (NCV3)


Panel van, crew van, flatbed (various wheelbases) and camper vans


Diesel engine: OM 601, 2.4 l, 4-cylinder, 58 kW (81 hp)


4,970 – 6,525 mm


1,935 mm


3,000 – 4,025 mm

Permitted total weight

2,800 kg (208 D)

Maximum speed

135 km/h (with OM 601, 58 kW/81 hp diesel)

Mercedes-Benz 208 D

When many people think of a van, the first thing that comes to mind is the Mercedes-Benz 208 D – better known as the Sprinter. The Sprinter became a legend the moment it was launched in 1995 and was voted “Van of the Year” that very year. The successor to the “Bremer Transporter” was the first vehicle from Daimler to have a proper name instead of an alphanumeric code. This name went on to shape the face of an entire vehicle class. It is available in almost every imaginable configuration: as a crew van, panel van, flatbed or chassis, with a normal or high roof, double cabin and three different wheelbases.

The Sprinter is also revolutionary when it comes to safety: even in 1995 the Sprinter was already fitted with ABS brakes as standard in Germany and six other European markets. The steeply angled hood clearly distinguishes it from the angular “nose” of its predecessor, the T1. In addition, the Sprinter has a loading capacity of 810 kg, a top speed of 135 km/h and a fuel consumption of 10 l/100 km. The low maintenance and repair costs make the Sprinter an affordable, all-round talent. Even today, the Sprinter remains one of the most successful vans and a loyal companion for generations of tradesmen, carriers and independent contractors.

Photos: Kai Knörzer