Author and adventurer Ronni Lundy became the proud owner of the first Dodge Sprinter Westfalia recreational vehicle during a ceremony at Airstream’s headquarters in Jackson Center, Ohio, last week.
Officials from Airstream, Westfalia and DaimlerChrysler, manufacturer of the Sprinter van, presented the keys and a few bonus items to Lundy.
“As the latest addition to the global Sprinter family of commercial vans, this unique vehicle is a very visible example of the benefits and rewards that come with cooperation and collaboration among our business alliance partners,” said Rolf Bartke, executive vice president DaimlerChrysler AG and head of the Mercedes-Benz vans business unit. “Combining the best elements of both commercial and recreational vehicles, the Westfalia is a tremendous complement to the global Sprinter portfolio and RV products in general.”
“We’re extremely pleased to finally be able to put our first new Dodge Sprinter Westfalia in service and in our customer’s possession,” said Airstream President Dicky Reigel. “For camper-van users and outdoor enthusiasts, this is the beginning of a new era, and the broad smile, confidence and satisfaction shown by Ms. Lundy in this new collaborative product confirms what we already knew: We do indeed have a very competitive vehicle that RV users will appreciate and enjoy.”
Lundy, a professional writer, chose the Westfalia as her vehicle of choice as she embarks on a cross-country journey. She will chronicle her travels and experiences in a book.
“This is a fabulous vehicle and so far driving it has been just a dream,” said Lundy. “I couldn’t even pull into the mall parking lot in Louisville without having someone come by and ask for a peek inside.”
“Westfalia has enjoyed a strong relationship with the American market and customer for over 50 years and this new camper-van is just the latest in a proud legacy of providing quality products to the recreational vehicle marketplace,” said Andreas Maas, managing director of Westfalia Van Conversion.
Built in Germany, the new Dodge Sprinter Westfalia officially debuted in December as the result of an exclusive distribution agreement between Dodge and Airstream, a unit of Thor Industries Inc., which also is the leading producer of travel trailers and fifth-wheels.
The Dodge Sprinter Westfalia is viewed by the companies involved in its production as a smart alternative that offers the outdoor enthusiast increased comfort, convenience, safety, functionality and quality. It provides expanded living and sleeping capacity for four people. It has a full kitchen with refrigerator, stove-top burners, plenty of storage, and a fold-out dining table to seat five. The bathroom is complete with a shower, sink and toilet.