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Mercedes ends Crafter production to focus on Sprinter

Published on Tuesday 15 October 2013 in Van News

The success of the Mercedes Sprinter has been underlined once again after the German auto maker announced that it will cease production of the Crafter for Volkswagen when the current arrangement expires in 2016. Mercedes says that the capacity will then be used to concentrate on the next generation of their own brand Sprinter - the most successful van produced by the company with over 150,000 rolling off the production line each year and around 60% of these destined for the European market.

Mercedes has made around 280,000 Crafters for Volkswagen since it started the collaboration in 2005 - Volkswagen will continue to produce a model for the heavy van sector, but haven't confirmed where this will be produced.

A face-lifted model of the ever-popular Sprinter was launched in the UK in September, which saw the introduction of a host of new safety features including 'crosswind assist', 'collision prevention assist' and 'blind spot assist', all designed to help reduce accidents.

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