The 222,222 Sprinter van to roll off the assembly line was recently delivered to Munich-headquartered Dallmayr, a specialist coffee company.
The milestone vehicle is a new Sprinter 213 CDI with medium-length wheelbase. Painted in white, the van brings immediate reinforcement to the fleet of Dallmayr Vending & Office, according to the automaker. The company, a subsidiary of Alois Dallmayr KG, manages more than 60,000 coffee vending machines – in Germany as well as in more than a dozen other countries.
In Germany alone, a team of several hundred refill technicians, as they are called, is responsible for restocking, maintaining, and servicing Dallmayr’s machines. These are to be found in large corporations as well as medium-sized companies, but also in doctors’ surgeries and public buildings such as universities. Many of the staff travel to visit their customers in a Mercedes-Benz van: sometimes a Citan or Vito, but most often in a Sprinter, according to the automaker. All in all, some 300 vans with the three-pointed star on their bonnet are out on the road each day. The 222,222nd new Sprinter operates out of Dallmayr’s offices in the city of Bayreuth.
A refill technician can cover as much as 30,000 km in a year in one of these vans.