July 23, 2002

DaimlerChrysler to introduce Sprinter van in Canada and U.S.

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
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Charlotte, North Carolina – DaimlerChrysler Vans LLC (DC Vans) has announced the introduction in Canada and the United States of the company’s new Dodge Sprinter, a large commercial/passenger van based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter sold in Europe and other parts of the world.

“Sprinter will be an important addition to our Dodge brand,” said Ed Brust, Chairman, President and CEO of DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc. “We firmly believe that the unique features of Dodge Sprinter will make it an ideal vehicle to meet the commercial requirements of many Canadian consumers.”

As the market leader in its class in Europe, Sprinter is one of the most successful products of the entire DaimlerChrysler Commercial Vehicles Division. Both cargo and passenger vans are manufactured in the Sprinter plant in Dusseldorf, Germany. Cargo vans are delivered in semi-assembled state to a Freightliner plant in Gaffney, South Carolina and the passenger vans are delivered fully assembled. The Gaffney plant has expanded by about 75,000 square feet to accommodate the Sprinter.

The Sprinter is powered by a high-performance Mercedes-Benz 2.7 litre diesel engine with 154 hp and 243 pound-feet of torque, mated to an automatic five-speed transmission.

In order to ensure that the Sprinter meets customer needs, it is available in three different wheelbases – short: 2997 mm (118 inches), intermediate: 3556 mm (140 inches) and long: 4013 mm (158 inches), in two different configurations – cargo van and passenger van, all of which can be delivered with two different roof heights.

More information and news about the Sprinter and DaimlerChrysler Vans is available by visiting the web site at www.daimlerchrysler-vans.com.

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