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Old 09-02-2009, 12:08 PM   #1
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Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores
http://www.autoweek.com/article/2009...NEWS/909029997

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Contracts will be terminated by Jan. 1 with the nearly 350 Dodge dealers who sell most of Daimler's Sprinter vans in the United States. The Dodge version of the Sprinter will be discontinued
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The vans will be sold by the newly created Daimler Vans USA
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Chrysler May Use Fiat Vehicle to Replace Sprinter

http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?p...d=acDBlbKeCIVk

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Chrysler and Fiat may sell the Fiat Ducato or the Daily from the Turin, Italy-based automakerís Iveco unit in North America, Gualberto Ranieri, vice president of public relations for the U.S. company, said today in an e-mail.
Fiat Ducato:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiat_Ducato

Iveco Daily:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iveco_Daily
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:23 PM   #2
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Re: Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

Wondered when that would happen. I would assume that SMB would stay with the Sprinter at least for a couple of years to see how the Chrysler/Fiat products looks and sells.
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Old 09-02-2009, 06:13 PM   #3
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Re: Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

I was in Germany this summer and went to a big offroad expo...there were some very cool Ivecco's and Ducato 4wd vans.


It would be super cool to see a SMB conversion of either the Fiat Ducato 4x4


Or the Ivecco Daily


Lots of room inside, both have proven 4wd systems (although parts might be an issue in the USA for a while, not sure what Canada and Mexico are like for Fiat) but the Euro folks have been tricking these out for a while so SMB would have some cool examples to work off of.

Since SMB has a close relationship with Chrysler already I would think that this would be a great chance to expand their line up. The real question is who is gonna order the first one?
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Re: Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

I will volunteer to test one out!
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Re: Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

Owner reviews of the Fiat Ducato.
Some of them are not happy.

http://www.roadtestreports.co.uk/car...7/Fiat/Ducato/
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Old 09-10-2009, 09:04 PM   #6
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Re: Mercedes to sell Sprinter vans through its own stores

Check out the HP and Torque numbers in this article. I can't vouch for the accuracy of this information, but if true, it would be a nice improvement in performance and could be enough to get me into the Sprinter. The fixed 74" roof and extra room sure sounds nice.


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And if youíre thinking about a Sprinter, you might want to hold off until then; the model will be relaunched with the more modern 3.0-liter BlueTec turbo-diesel V-6 thatís offered on the Mercedes-Benz ML320 BlueTec, along with variants of the GL-Class and R-Class. The new engine in the Benz SUVs makes 210 horsepower and 398 pound-feet, while the older 3.0-liter turbo-diesel V-6 currently in the Sprinter makes 154 hp and 280 lb-ft.
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http://blogs.thecarconnection.com/marty ... o-mercedes
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