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    2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris Starts At $29,945*, Arrives In October


    • Mercedes introduces a new little brother to its venerable Sprinter commercial van with the 2016 Mercedes-Benz Metris


    The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is welcoming new van to the U.S. Introduced today at the 2015 NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis, the Metris is Mercedes-Benz's mid-size van that fills in a space between the likes of the Ford Transit Connect and Sprinter vans. Other markets know the Metris as the Vito.

    The Metris is a downsized version of the Sprinter in terms of looks. Power comes from a four-cylinder with 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. This is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All Metris models will come with a crosswind assistance system that keep the van driving in a straight line in high winds. The option list includes such items as active parking assist system, lane keeping assist, parking sensors, collision prevention assist, blind spot assist, and a rearview camera.

    Pricing for the Metris starts at $29,945 for the cargo van and $33,495 for the passenger van (includes a $995 destination fee).

    The Metris arrives at Mercedes' dealers this October.

    Source: Mercedes-Benz

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    Mercedes-Benz Metris Midsize Commerical Van Makes Its Debut At NTEA Work Truck Show

    March 04, 2015 - Montvale/Indianapolis

    • “Mercedes-Benz Metris”: The next big thing is mid-sized.
    • Introduction of the “Mercedes-Benz Metris” nameplate for the U.S. and Canadian markets
    • New Mid-Size Commercial Van debuts at NTEA Work Truck Show on March 4, 2015
    • Metris goes on sale in October 2015, offering both Passenger Van and Cargo Van versions without any competitors in the same size or cargo category
    • The Mercedes-Benz Metris Mid-Size Commercial Van is positioned as “right-sized” with corresponding maximum cargo capacity and payload on a small footprint and matching price positioning
    • The Mercedes-Benz Metris will be the benchmark in terms of safety with a high level of standard safety features as well as class-leading safety options
    • A starting price of $28,950 gives the Metris the most attractive price of any U.S. Mercedes-Benz
    • A powerful, highly fuel efficient 4-cylinder gasoline engine (208 hp/258 lb-ft) with optional ECO Start/Stop is mated to a 7G-tronic 7-speed automatic transmission
    • Top service at dealers, safety/ergonomics, and exemplary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) are key pillars for all Mercedes-Benz Vans
    • Sprinter full-size commercial van business continues to flourish with new variants
    • The V-Class luxury passenger variant is not planned for the U.S. or Canada

    Mercedes-Benz Vans USA is introducing the “Mercedes-Benz Metris” at the NTEA Work Truck Show in Indianapolis on Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 10:00 am. This follows the “Mission: Metris” teaser campaign at SEMA in Las Vegas in November 2014, which featured four custom upfitted Metris concept vans. The Metris, which launches at U.S. dealers in October 2015, is the U.S. and Canadian sibling to the “Vito,” which remains the midsize commercial van nameplate for all other global markets.

    “We are pleased to debut the Mercedes-Benz Metris at NTEA, which is a major step in launching our midsize commercial van in the U.S. market in October 2015,” said Bernie Glaser, Vice President and Managing Director of Daimler Vans USA, LLC. “It is only logical that we adopt the global approach and also expand our successful vans business in the USA. Our SEMA ‘Mission: Metris’ presence with four distinctive van concepts was an effective way for us to hit the ground running to announce the nameplate ‘Mercedes-Benz Metris’ and to show off its unmatched versatility, size, and safety. And now, we can’t wait to offer our customers and upfitters both the Sprinter and Metris Vans as a full-line vans brand: Mercedes-Benz Vans.”

    The Metris is a right-sized vehicle: It is larger than the small vans and smaller than the large vans. Its value proposition includes superior craftsmanship, high cargo/towing capacity, and an attractive price. It is designed to thrive in large metropolitan areas with an agile yet spacious presence. The Cargo Van starts at $28,950, and the Passenger Van starts at $32,500 (excluding $995 destination/delivery charge for both vans). Because all Mercedes-Benz Vans feature the advantages of top service at dealerships, top levels of safety and ergonomics, and exemplary Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), the Metris shines in all areas. It can easily fit into a parking garage in a large metropolitan area, and can also meet the needs of those who work out of their homes. In addition, it carries many of the rugged characteristics of the Sprinter.

    Upon launching in October 2015 at the 200+ Mercedes-Benz U.S. dealers authorized to sell Vans, the Metris will be available with a powerful and highly efficient 4-cylinder gasoline engine that has 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, mated to a refined, efficient, and robust 7-speed automatic transmission with rear-wheel drive. This powertrain application, with optional ECO start/stop, was developed specifically for the U.S. and Canadian markets to meet the needs of the Mid-Size Commercial Van Segment, and also comes with a service interval of up to 15,000 miles.

    Advanced safety features are a hallmark for any Mercedes-Benz vehicle, and the Metris will feature 6 airbags for the Cargo Van variant and 8 airbags for the Passenger Van variant. All models will feature standard ATTENTION ASSIST, standard Crosswind Assist, and standard load-adaptive ESP. Optional safety features will include Active Parking Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, PARKTRONIC, Collision Prevention Assist, Blind Spot Assist, and a rearview camera. Many of the interior features are taken from other recent automotive entrants into the Mercedes-Benz lineup, such as premium touches and overall fit-and-finish. Large cupholders have also been added to the center console on the dashboard to meet North American customer needs of long-haul or local driving.

    In the U.S. full-size commercial van segment, sales of the Sprinter continue to be brisk, up 17.4% YTD. Model year 2014 brought new major enhancements such as a fresh and confident new front end exterior design, 4-cylinder BlueTEC clean diesel powertrain that already plays a similar role as its big brother, the V6, and upgrades of safety and infotainment.

    Model year 2015 saw many additional enhancements for the Sprinter including:

    • Addition of standard Crosswind Assist on all 2500 models.
    • Increased service intervals of up to 20,000 miles (MY 2014 service intervals were up to 15,000 miles).
    • Optional Sprinter 4x4 version of both Cargo Van and Passenger Van versions will also be added in Q1/2015, which will be the only ex-factory four-wheel drive system on the market for a commercial van in the USA.
    • Addition of a third roof option. The new super high roof underlines the benchmark position concerning interior heights by offering an interior roof height of up to 7 feet.
    • SULEV option for our standard 4-cylinder BlueTEC engine is the first SULEV diesel engine worldwide and underlines our ‘Green Leadership.’
    • A Super Single heavy duty package variant is being introduced in early 2015, which is an alternative to the 3500 dually rear wheel setup that allows for a 48.3 in. loading width between wheels.
    • All of these features highlight the position of the Sprinter as the most innovative large van in the segment. Independent from the model year, over 75% of all Sprinters have upfitter treatment on them, regardless of extra shelving or extensive Recreational Vehicle modifications.

    To coincide with the launch of the new Metris midsize commercial van, this year the Daimler Vans USA team is pleased to announce that they will be rolling out a new and improved Upfitter Program in the coming months. Upfitters play a crucial role in meeting the vast array of customer requirements, and the planned enhancements to this already highly successful initiative will help maximize the full potential in the U.S. market.



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    I think we just get the commercial version for the US, to pair up with the Sprinter.  This fills a void though, there are only compact vans or giant full size for the commercial market.

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    I think we just get the commercial version for the US, to pair up with the Sprinter.  This fills a void though, there are only compact vans or giant full size for the commercial market.

     

    Yes. Mercedes says in their press release the more luxurious version, the V-Class will not be sold in the U.S.

     

     

    Aw, it's a Mercedes Mini-van. How cute. :P

     

    I hope we get this version so I can live out my old VW Eurovan fantasies:

     

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    Now you're making me wish Volkswagen sold vans again  :P

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    I think we just get the commercial version for the US, to pair up with the Sprinter.  This fills a void though, there are only compact vans or giant full size for the commercial market.

     

    .... um....

     

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    Chevroletdes Benz - Luxury Pretensions, Generic Intentions.

     

    Based on SMK's logic, if Benz produces a truck between a compact truck and giant full size truck, it will be a complete generic auto manufacturer.

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    WOW, They are truly playing in Ford and Chevy ballpark now.

     

    Guess the S-Class is not the luxury class they state it to be.

    Is the Corvette a bad sports car because Chevy makes the lowly Sonic with a 138 hp engine?  The S-class is still the best car in the world, regardless of what Mercedes does with their commercial line.  This van might sell fairly well too, and they already produce it, so it wasn't like it cost them R&D dollars.

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    But Chevrolet isn't a 'sports car brand' now, is it?

     

    You cannot be a 'luxury brand' and sell all these tin boxes under the same brand. They are dis-associating themselves from that label with each new, lower-priced appliance.

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    WOW, They are truly playing in Ford and Chevy ballpark now.

     

    Guess the S-Class is not the luxury class they state it to be.

    Is the Corvette a bad sports car because Chevy makes the lowly Sonic with a 138 hp engine?  The S-class is still the best car in the world, regardless of what Mercedes does with their commercial line.  This van might sell fairly well too, and they already produce it, so it wasn't like it cost them R&D dollars.

     

    You can call it the commercial line all you want, the media see's it as a Mercedes-Benze consumer Minivan. People will do the same to MB as they have done to all other companies. Over time they no longer see the Luxury only line of product, but now they see a modge podge of low cost product that looks cheap, breaks and is no longer associated with the 1% crowd.

     

    Does not matter if the S-Class is the best selling top line product now and that is has plenty of breaks due to bleeding edge technology. A billionaire is not going to want to see a low income or middle class person driving a MB badged auto. 

     

    The whole point of what plenty of people are saying is that MB is diluting their status here in America and soon, MB will be no different than Lincoln, Acura, Buick or even Cadillac and in many cases will be worse due to the low end product line.

     

    MB would have done better to bring in the low end products, commercial, etc as another label here to protect their luxury line and status. 

     

    This will be their downfall and undoing. Same with BMW.

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    MB would have done better to bring in the low end products, commercial, etc as another label here to protect their luxury line and status.

     

    Yup. Been saying it for years, because they already have a commercial brand going. The U.S. is not Europe, the image here is much different, and it's the image that is selling a lot of MBs here. Past European commercial vehicle history doesn't apply here.

     

    It's not at all on the same order as when you used see a single, lonely HD mercedes truck. This is all I ever saw years back and they were ALWAYS a box/moving truck, but you'd see maybe 1 a year. They were a curiosity. Being HD, the natural association is they were relatively costly)compared to the average family sedan).

     

    ​NOW, I am more & more commonly seeing banged up & rusty sprinters because they are COMMON and getting long in the tooth. Here comes yet another cargo van that's only going to add to the low-rent image the sprinter is growing… and its cheaper than the average family sedan.

     

    ​These are long-term events, but as such, they are akin to the 'rolling snowball'; once they get going they're hard to stop. MB is only looking at the short term money grab. These never should have been badged as an MB.  

     

    I looked at my local dealer on google street view, and counted 25 sprinters lined up along the road. Looks like a Ryder rental lot.

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    The mercedes-Benze just built a new store and moved from their old place last year to the new one in summer of 2014 and now this year it still looks this way with tons of Sprinter Vans out front and the cars up on the roof parking lot.

     

    Bing View and was the same on Goodle Map too.

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    Google Street View, Not impressive for all the Low end sheet metal, but I will say I wish my cadillac dealership had a building like this.

     

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    Google Street View, Not impressive for all the Low end sheet metal, but I will say I wish my cadillac dealership had a building like this.

    Agreed on both counts. No doubt most passer-bys won't know if it's a car dealership or a truck rental outlet with a fancy facade.

     

    It IS a decent looking building, tho.

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    A few years ago many of you claimed that offering the Sprinter was going to drag the Mercedes brand image down, and it didn't.

     

    Mercedes still sticks to "The Best or Nothing" philosophy.  The Metris/Sprinter are the best commercial vans, they have the best luxury car in the world, the best race car in the world, the best off-roader in the world.  They out did Rolls-Royce in luxury, beat Ferrari and McLaren on the track, and outdid Hummer off road.

     

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    LIke it was said above- it's a gradual process. It absolutely is happening, tho- those non-production and super rare cars aren't setting the image because no one buys them / sees them. It's the walmart lots peppered with CLAs and c-classes, and cheaper & cheaper mass production models that's unraveling things. Why is anyone buying a cramped CLA when there are other choices in it's price tier?

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    A few years ago many of you claimed that offering the Sprinter was going to drag the Mercedes brand image down, and it didn't.

     

    Mercedes still sticks to "The Best or Nothing" philosophy.  The Metris/Sprinter are the best commercial vans, they have the best luxury car in the world, the best race car in the world, the best off-roader in the world.  They out did Rolls-Royce in luxury, beat Ferrari and McLaren on the track, and outdid Hummer off road.

     

     

    You have a right to believe this, but my own brother in-law bought MB Sprinters for his Appliance repair business based on the thought they would be better quality than what he got from Frod and GM Vans. He found them to be the most un-reliable vans he has ever owned. After many transmission failures, plastic interior pieces that break and items as simple as the radio and hvac stopped working. Once the warranty ran out, he has been trading them in and going back to Ford and GM for service vans. On top of this for Washington state we do get allot of rain but we do not use road salt during the winter and most auto's here do not rust like the east coast and yet the Sprinters had early rust all over.

     

    His experience here is not alone. Many companies here are not happy with the poor quality of the sprinters and they are no longer even purchased by the local cities as the dependability is poor.

     

    This is why myself and others have stated MB should have done their commercial line and lower cost line as another label. This WILL HURT MB brand in the US as a Luxury Auto Maker. This is very different here than in Europe where the whoring out of S-Class and E-Class auto's as Taxis is accepted as normal practice. You do not find luxury like that here in the taxi fleets or even the bulk of the private car fleet.

     

    I give MB 5 to 7 years before this comes back to haunt them with hurting sales.

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    ^ Shifting sales is where it will pop up first, as larger percentages of sales go to cheaper & newer models. b-class is coming here next, isn't it?

     

    Mercedes is a mass market, everything-to-everyone brand, just like Chevrolet. They happen to make a handful of really expensive cars, but they know where their bread is buttered; cheaper appliances.

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    Best or nothing - yeah that's why it took 5 years and close to $1B in investment to win only one F1 championship. Many smaller teams have done that at much smaller budgets. To me that's waste of money for a sense of bragging that means nothing.

     

    Hummer came way after the old fart G Class. What excuse do you have for this vehicle that has stayed unchanged since before you were conceived?

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    A few years ago many of you claimed that offering the Sprinter was going to drag the Mercedes brand image down, and it didn't.

     

    Mercedes still sticks to "The Best or Nothing" philosophy.  The Metris/Sprinter are the best commercial vans, they have the best luxury car in the world, the best race car in the world, the best off-roader in the world.  They out did Rolls-Royce in luxury, beat Ferrari and McLaren on the track, and outdid Hummer off road.

     

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    The best... or maybe a Dodge Dart instead.

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    That's a really good Dodge Dart.

     

    The best... or maybe a Mitsubishi Outlander Sport instead...

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    That's a really good Outlander Sport

     

    The best... or maybe a Mazda 5 instead...

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    That's a really good Mazda 5

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    A few years ago many of you claimed that offering the Sprinter was going to drag the Mercedes brand image down, and it didn't.

     

    Mercedes still sticks to "The Best or Nothing" philosophy.  The Metris/Sprinter are the best commercial vans, they have the best luxury car in the world, the best race car in the world, the best off-roader in the world.  They out did Rolls-Royce in luxury, beat Ferrari and McLaren on the track, and outdid Hummer off road.

     

    SMK, So I would like you to explain how you would respond to this line of talk.

     

    I went to the finance department of our division. Mostly Asian folks, that being Chinese, Korean, Indian, and the rest white.

     

    I ask them what they thought when they think of Mercedes-Benze?

     

    Answer for majority was High End Luxury, wealthy class of drivers.

     

    I asked them what they thought of and showed them the MB Sprinter. 

     

    Answer was for the most part, why is MB doing commercial vans?

     

    I asked them what they thought of a 20K or 18K version of MB and then showed them pictures of MB CLA 250 and GLA 250.

     

    Universal response was why is a Luxury company trying to compete against Ford and Chevy?

     

    The end result was they started out thinking of MB as a Elite Luxury line and at the end they said they would look elsewhere for an elite auto that was not competing against Ford and Chevy or any other entry or mid tier car company.

     

    This is the self destruction that MB is doing to itself here in North America. Europe is obviously fine with MB selling from entry level FWD appliances to ubber luxury auto's. North America expects Luxury auto companies to stay luxury and not move down market.

     

    This is why everyone here feels what MB and BMW is doing is wrong and self destructive.

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