June 26, 2006


New Mercedes-Benz Sprinter launched at Ludwigsfelde plant

Stuttgart, Germany – The first new Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has rolled off the line in Ludwigsfelde, Germany, marking the launch of Sprinter production at the plant, which is located south of Berlin.

The new Sprinter will be produced at two German plants in Düsseldorf and Ludwigsfelde. A completely new manufacturing line containing state-of-the-art automated production equipment was constructed at Ludwigsfelde, where flatbed vans and chassis are built, along with new paint and body shops.

DaimlerChrysler has invested a total of 1.8 billion Euro into development of the new model, with priority placed on workmanship and long-term production quality. The new model has more galvanized sheet metal components than its predecessor, and has better seams, stone chip primer in vulnerable areas, and undersealing to help ensure long life and value retention.

More than 1.3 million Sprinters have been built in 11 years. Stepped-up production for the new model has made it possible to divide the manufacturing between the two plants. The Ludwigsfelde plant currently operates two shifts, with plans for a third.

During the ceremony to mark the production launch, DaimlerChrysler CEO Dr. Dieter Zetsche handed over a new Sprinter to a cabinet-making shop, supervised by social workers, which provides 20 training positions for teenagers or young adults who have been unable to obtain a regular training position or job.

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