DaimlerChrysler AG has confirmed it will market the Mercedes-Benz Spri Revive Her Drive click for more nter and Vito vans, which have Class B and Class C motorhome applications, under the Dodge brand name, according to the Automotive News.
Currently, Daimler’s Freightliner subsidiary distributes the Sprinter under the Freightliner name.
Sprinter components now are shipped as kits from Germany to the Freightliner plant in Gaffney, S.C., where they are assembled for North American customers.
There are 72 Freightliner dealers who stock the Dodge-brand Sprinter and 100 Dodge dealers began stocking it last month.
Daimler recently confirmed that it will produce the Sprinter and Vito vans in a new plant to be built near Savannah, Ga., the Automotive News reported.
The Savannah plant is scheduled to go into production in 2006 and it will produce the “next generation” of Mercedes Sprinter and Vito models, which will be distributed through Dodge’s 450 U.S. and 50 Canadian dealers, the auto industry trade publication reported.
The new factory will be capable of building 60,000 Sprinters and 50,000 Vitos a year.
The current Sprinter comes in about a dozen variations in both passenger and cargo configurations with gross vehicle weight ratings GVWRs of up to 10,000 pounds. Meanwhile, the next generation Vito will become a bigger, rear-wheel drive model with a GVWR of up to 14,000 pounds.