Daimler Expanding Sprinter Production To North America

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon

When Daimler begins production of its next-gen Sprinter, quite a few of the vans will be leaving an assembly line somewhere in North America.

Automotive News reports the partial shift in production will help the automaker “cover the growing demand for large vans in the North American market economically” by producing them locally “in the NAFTA region,” according to Mercedes’ head of vans, Volker Mornhinweg.

Presently, the U.S.-bound Sprinters are made in Dusseldorf and Ludwigsfelde, Germany, then sent over in CKD form to Ladson, S.C. for reassembly. Around 23,000 Sprinters were sent in this manner to U.S. customers in 2013, the sales second only to Germany.

As for where the new plant will be built, Mornhinweg says the exact location would be chosen in the coming months, with sites in the U.S., Canada and Mexico being examined.

Cameron Aubernon
Cameron Aubernon

Seattle-based writer, blogger, and photographer for many a publication. Born in Louisville. Raised in Kansas. Where I lay my head is home.

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  • NeilM NeilM on Oct 22, 2014

    This may be a worthy vehicle for its intended utilitarian purposes, but if ever something was misnamed, it's surely the Sprinter. How about the Plodder instead? Or maybe MB dropped in an AMG 6.3 engine and didn't tell us?

  • Calgarytek Calgarytek on Oct 22, 2014

    Have heard nothing but complaints about these vans. They're not suited to the great white north as almost all of them are bleeding red after a few winters. Goes to show you that there's a lot more rotten stuff under the skin. Perhaps the people who design Sprinters should get together with the people who design the Actross and maybe get those people to show them how to make a...truck with a van body.

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    • Highdesertcat Highdesertcat on Oct 22, 2014

      The Dodge 2500 version of the Sprinter seems to do well in my part of the country, and several have been made into Conversion Vans and Camper Vans, with windows all-around, nice Captain's chairs, beds and plush interiors. While the basic Sprinter costs ~$30K, the conversion process can easily add $50K or more in trim and labor. OTOH, many airports seem to use these as shuttle-buses as well. I've been on a few. So there exists a market for them ever since the Detroit full-size Vans have been dropped or replaced with lighter-duty fare.

  • Threeer Threeer on Oct 22, 2014

    You mean like the ones built in North Charleston, SC?

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    • Ppxhbqt Ppxhbqt on Oct 23, 2014

      And that plant's address is Ladson, as mentioned in the article.

  • Philadlj Philadlj on Oct 23, 2014

    I vote for Philadelphia or Baltimore. (I don't get a vote.)