Fujian Daimler, the commercial joint venture of Fujian Auto and Daimler AG, released the Sprinter van on Nov. 21, the opening day of the 2011 Guangzhou Auto Show. Available in three basic models with seating capacities ranging from 14 to 21, the Sprinter is the latest addition to Fujian-Daimler’s van lineup, which until now included the Viano and Vito MPV.
The Sprinter comes with two wheelbase options, 3,665mm and 4,325mm, and one engine choice, a diesel 2.143L inline 4 cylinder (OM 651 DE22LA), which can put out a maximum of 110kW of power and 330Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission.
Standard equipment include ESP (with ABS,EBD,BAS,ASR,LAC), parking assist, driver’s front airbag, cruise control, automatic halogen headlights, leather seats, and drive authorization system.
Promoted as a high-end minibus, the Sprinter is said to fill a vacuum in a rapidly growing market in China. In the first half of this year, sales of minibuses gained 17% over a year ago, outpacing the overall Chinese auto market. The main competitors of the Sprinter include IVECO from Nanjing-IVECO, Ford Transit, and SAIC Maxus V80, although all of the latter three sell for significantly less. The low-end minibus market is dominated by local brands like Foton, JAC, and Jinbei.
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