Still set­ting the safety stan­dard

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

Twenty years ago, Mercedes-Benz sent the first 500 Sprinter panel vans off the as­sem­bly line at its Düs­sel­dorf plant. The large van set new safety stan­dards, be­ing the first van with disc brakes on both front and rear wheels, as well as with the ABS anti-lock brak­ing sys­tem. The in­ter­na­tional mo­tor­ing me­dia were so im­pressed they voted the Sprinter the ‘Van of the Year 1995’. Fif­teen years ago the Sprinter ar­rived in South Africa, where over 25 000 have been sold since the year 2000. The new vans con­tinue to set stan­dards for fru­gal fuel con­sump­tion as well as safety, as the lat­est mod­els come with as­sis­tance sys­tems to help driv­ers with col­li­sion pre­ven­tion, blind spot check­ing, and lane de­par­ture warn­ing. PHOTO: QUICK­PIC

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