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Old 07-28-2016, 12:38 PM   #1
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Mercedes-Benz broke ground Wednesday (July 27) on a $500 million addition to its commercial van factory in South Carolina in a bid to beat competitors by building the next-generation Sprinter stateside and sidestep a steep tariff.
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The current hot RV platform is no longer the Sprinter.

The Dodge Ram ProMaster has made so much inroad, you will soon see more of them on the road than the Sprinter.


Maybe the new mid-size Mercedes van will win back some numbers?
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The current hot RV platform is no longer the Sprinter.

The Dodge Ram ProMaster has made so much inroad, you will soon see more of them on the road than the Sprinter.


Maybe the new mid-size Mercedes van will win back some numbers?
Isn't the Sprinter still outselling the Promaster by a significant amount?
What was the diesel sales percentage? Over 60% or something like that and Roadtrek is still selling Chevys so all the gas ones are not Promasters...

Aren't there so many Sprinters on the road that even if the Promaster took the lead it would take years to have more on the road?
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In the Class B sector, 64.7% of total units were built on diesel chassis while 35.3% were built on a gas platform.
I'm still surprised by that stat. Gas powered Lexors, Travatos and Zions & Chevy's would all be mixed in the 35.3%.

If the Sprinter starts to sell for less because of the new plant then the diesel percent could very well increase.
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The plant groundbreaking press event did feature a Class B Sprinter as their highlighted Master Upfitter - a rugged Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4 with pop top and snorkel.

MB also stated they expect RV sales in both van and cutaway (Class C) formats to be a growth driver for US Sprinter production. I suppose time will tell how MB fares against Ford Transit and FCA Ram Promaster in the market.
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The plant groundbreaking press event did feature a Class B Sprinter as their highlighted Master Upfitter - a rugged Sportsmobile Sprinter 4x4 with pop top and snorkel.

MB also stated they expect RV sales in both van and cutaway (Class C) formats to be a growth driver for US Sprinter production. I suppose time will tell how MB fares against Ford Transit and FCA Ram Promaster in the market.
Got to use one with a snorkel for a press event...
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As far as Winnebago goes, with the class C Transit Fuse recently coming out at a $10k+ lower price than the View/Navion, they've had to increase Fuse production twice now, at the cost of Sprinter View/Navion numbers.
And the settled in after 18 mos. production of the Promaster Travato and Sprinter ERA, has gone to a 4 to 1 ratio of Travatos over ERAs....
I know the Travato is flying out the door as fast as they can make them, partially explaining the Winnebago increase in B market percentages.

For one, Ford is not going to let anybody undercut them in the fleet markets, so I don't see MB picking much further up if any with the Sprinter in the foreseeable future. MB is hiding the Sprinter sales numbers lately by combining Metris numbers in with it
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Got to use one with a snorkel for a press event...
LOL But it needs a Roo bar too. Been seeing a lot of roos romping 'round the Rockies recently...
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For one, Ford is not going to let anybody undercut them in the fleet markets, so I don't see MB picking much further up if any with the Sprinter in the foreseeable future. MB is hiding the Sprinter sales numbers lately by combining Metris numbers in with it
Got to agree with this, as Ford wants the lead in that market almost as bad as theydo in the pickup market. Add to that a lot of the van buyers like plumbers and electricians really, really, dislike dealing with high service and parts for MB vans. Even small fleets can't get away from the array of proprietary software and testers that MB requires to test anything. You can bet there will be plenty of aftermarket diagnostics stuff available for the Fords, especially with a US drivetrain.
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