RUSSIA: Mercedes-Benz-GAZ venture builds 10,000th Sprinter Classic
Russian made Sprinter Classics now have about 40% local content by value
Mercedes-Benz Vans Russian assembler GAZ has built its 10,000th Sprinter Classic (previous generation model) 18 months after production began in September 2013 in Nischni Nowgorod.
In 2014 a record 6,600 were sold. The Classic the most popular M-B van in Russia and top amongs foreign brands.
Soeren Haese, head of Mercedes-Benz Vans in the market said: "The Sprinter Classic is the key pillar of our van business in Russia. This vehicle is tailored specifically to the market and thus sets new standards in the large van segment".
The van has the OM646 engine, built in Jaroslawl. All models have electronic stability control, ABS and ASR as standard which is rare in the segment.
The Mercedes-Benz-GAZ venture to produc the Sprinter Classic under licence cost about EUR100m for production facilities and sales support. Local content is around 40% by value and assembly created about 1,000 new jobs in Nischni Nowgorod and at the engine factory in Jaroslawl.