Mercedes-Benz Vans Sales Germany delivered the first batch of a total of more than 2,100 vans – scheduled for delivery in the 2017 fiscal year – to Europe’s largest vehicle rental provider.
The delivered vans belong to a total of 50 special-purpose vehicles with which Europcar wishes to extend its range of offers in the field of van leasing to meet such special customer requirements from the commercial sector, the company announced. The vehicles are intended for use as rental vehicles on the German market.
The special-purpose vehicles include in particular variants of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter equipped with body solutions for special applications in the logistics and construction industry.
Some of the vehicles are equipped with a Cooler Flitzer refrigerated body from Kiesling or a refrigerated box body from Kerstner for the transport of food and other heat-sensitive goods. The Sprinter with a three-way tipper body from Dautel is the specialist for the construction site.
Other vehicles are supplied as versatile platform trucks with crewcabs, equipped with tarpaulins and bows. All the Sprinter special-purpose vans are 316 CDI models powered by 120 kW (163 hp) four-cylinder diesel engines (fuel consumption combined: 7.2 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 187 g/km). These large vans are accompanied by the Vito Mixto 116 CDI with seating for up to six people and a great cargo volume (fuel consumption combined: 6.3 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 166 g/km).
The special-purpose vans are to be initially deployed in the rental business of Europcar in Berlin and Hamburg on a trial basis, and then, if there is sufficient demand, at other German locations.
Klaus Kujawski, Head of Van and Truck at Europcar, adds: “This year we are expanding our fleet portfolio in the sector of lightweight commercial vehicles for commercial customers, by adding the “Customized Fleet” product line.”