New commercial van debuts at SEMA; will slot in below Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Mercedes-Benz is about to increase their commercial van offering in North America by a factor of two next fall when the German automaker rolls out the new Vito. However, it will be called Metris by the time it reaches our shores.

The Metris, a mid-size commercial van, had its North American debut at SEMA this week. It will slot below the full-size Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Currently, there are no other competitors in the mid-size class in North America, says Mercedes-Benz in a release.

MB will offer the new van in both cargo and passenger versions, though production examples of the new model will be shown at a later date.

“We are pleased to reconfirm our September announcement at the IAA Truck Show in Hannover that we will launch a midsize commercial van in the US market in fall 2015,” said Bernie Glaser, Vice President and Managing Director of Daimler Vans USA, LLC.

“It is only logical that we take a global approach and also expand our successful vans business in the USA. Our SEMA “Mission Metris” presence with 4 different van concepts will be an effective way for us to hit the ground running to announce the nameplate ‘Mercedes-Benz Metris’ and to show off its unmatched versatility, size, and safety.”

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