Record sales for Sprinter. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – Mar. 1, 2015 2016 Sprinter Worker full-size van with the 2.1L Turbo Diesel starts at just $32,495 plus $995 destination and handling. In Chicago last month, Mercedes-Benz Vans debuted the WORKER model, which goes on sale this Spring. Starting at just $32,495, the Sprinter WORKER will offer the simplest and most straightforward equipment and packaging within the Sprinter Van model line, which includes the 2500 and heavy-duty 3500 models. The WORKER offers safety, reliability, and best-in-class service intervals - up to 20,000 miles. The new Sprinter WORKER base model meets the needs of many customers while offering more standard equipment than other brands, including a standard turbo diesel engine, Bluetooth connectivity, Crosswind Assist, and class-leading interior cargo volume. The WORKER model offers maximum capability and customization potential for aftermarket van interiors and exteriors. With a 144" wheelbase and a standard-height roof (the most commonly-ordered Sprinter Van configuration) the Sprinter WORKER boasts a 137.4" cargo floor length and 66.5" interior standing height. The WORKER also receives a powerful diesel engine and an efficient, class-exclusive 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission which allows for more time on the road and less time at the gas pump. Additional standard equipment includes a 4-speaker AM/FM radio with aux-input, USB interface and with Bluetooth Telephone Interface and audio streaming, cabin partition preparation, class-leading 6 standard airbags, industry-exclusive Crosswind Assist and Load-Adaptive Traction Control (ESP). Available only in white, the Sprinter WORKER provides both small-business owners and fleet companies with an ideal canvas for signage, advertising and wrapping with graphics. With a total roof load capacity of 660 lbs., ladder racks and roof attachments can be added to the WORKER from any number of upfitters. Inside, the WORKER's standard 319.1 cu.-ft. of cargo volume provides ample room for racks, bins, shelves, cabinets and toolboxes. The standard steel floor can be left unfinished or can be customized with an optional wood floor or with any other floor covering of choice. 2016 Sprinter Worker It arrives with standard power windows, A/C, tilting & telescoping steering wheel, 5 cup-holders, adjustable armrests, ample storage, and a standard 4-speaker audio system that boasts Bluetooth telephone interface, wireless music streaming and an auxiliary port, the WORKER aims to make time on the road productive convenient and comfortable. The Sprinter WORKER arrives with only one engine. That being the hyper efficient 2.1L turbo diesel engine mated to the 7G-TRONIC 7-speed automatic transmission. Producing 161 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque, the Sprinter WORKER's 2.1L turbo diesel provides seamless power thanks to its two-stage turbocharger and up to double the efficiency of much smaller competitor’s smaller vans with gasoline engines. This van has a towing capacity of 5,000 lbs. and a maximum payload of 3,512 lbs. The Sprinter WORKER has a best-in-class service interval of up to 20,000 miles. With a service interval as long as this, the WORKER can spend more time on the road and less time in the shop. Thanks to its low rate of depreciation and high overall value, the Sprinter once again received ALG's Residual Value Award for Fullsize Commercial Vans in 2016. Trims The CONVENIENCE Package ($1,499) includes: Heated Power Mirrors, Cruise Control, Automatic Light and Rain Sensor (for windshield wipers), Multifunction Steering Wheel with Enhanced Info Screen and Trailer Hitch Pre- wiring The UTILITY Package ($2,999) includes all contents in CONVENIENCE Package, plus: Wood Cargo Floor, Rear Step, LED Lights in Cargo Compartment, Two Additional Keys (4 total), Glass in Rear Cargo Doors and Grab-handles (left/right rear door) The OVERTIME Package ($4,499) includes all contents in both CONVENIENCE and UTILITY packages, plus: Upgraded Audio System, Highbeam Assist, Blind Spot Assist, Rear View Camera, First Aid Kit and Emergency Flashlight Mercedes-Benz February 2016 Sales Overview Mercedes-Benz reported February sales of 25,632 vehicles, down 0.5 percent below the 27,549 vehicles sold in February of 2015. Year to date, sales of 52,594 is up 0.4 percent over the 52,365 sold during the same period of 2015 with two less selling days. On a daily selling rate basis, the three star brand is up 4.6 percent. Mercedes-Benz by itself sold 22,941 vehicles, Sprinter sold 2,269 Vans and smart reached 422 new drives. Mercedes-Benz February 2016 Sales Highlights Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class experienced sales of 3,948 vehicles, up 19.1 percent over the 3,316 sold in February of 2015. Year to date sales of 7,611 vehicles is up 17.8 percent over the 6,460 sold through the same period of 2015. Sprinter Vans marked achieved their best February sales in history with 2,269 sold, up 35.5 percent over the 1,675 sold in February of 2015. Year to date sales of 4,168 is up 31.1 percent over the 3,180 sold through the same period in 2015. The brand's BlueTEC turbo diesel lineup finished the month with a smallish 295 sales. In February GM and especially Chrysler picked up significant market share while Kia's rise is coming out of Hyundai's hide. U.S. February 2016 Sales vs. February 2015 Sales Ranks and Results for the top 14 Automobile Manufacturers GM February 2016 Sales Down 1.5% with 227,825 Vehicles Sold Ford February 2016 Sales Up 20.1% with 209,153 Vehicles Sold Toyota February 2016 Sales Up 4.1% with 187,954 Vehicles Sold FCA February 2016 Sales Up 11.8% with 182,879 Vehicles Sold Nissan February 20165 Sales Up 10.5% with 130,911 Vehicles Sold Honda February 2016 Sales Up 12.8% with 118,985 Vehicles Sold Hyundai February 2016 Sales Up 1.0% with 53,009 Vehicles Sold Kia February 2016 Sales Up 13.0% with 49,737 Vehicles Sold Subaru February 2016 Sales Up 1.6% with 42,011 Vehicles Sold Mercedes-Benz February 2016 Sales Down 0.5% with 25,632 Vehicles Sold BMW February 2016 Sales Down 12.4% with 25,337 Vehicles Sold VW February 2016 Sales Down 13.2% with 22,321 Vehicles Sold Mazda February 2016 Sales Down 16.0% with 21,544 Vehicles Sold Audi February 2016 Sales Up 2.3% with 11,718 Vehicles Sold In February, notice how Nissan is increasing the sales gap over Honda and Kia not only overtook Subaru but is quickly coming up on Hyundai’s heels. The seasonally adjusted annual selling rate (SAAR) for light vehicles in February was 17.7 million vehicles.