• Mercedes-Benz Vans at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018

    Mercedes-Benz Vans – Highlights of the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018.

    Get informed about the highlights of Mercedes-Benz Vans which were presented at the 67th IAA Commercial Vehicles: Trendsetting, visionary concepts and ground-breaking solutions.

Discover the mobility of the future.

Mercedes-Benz Vans presents the latest technology and innovations in the areas of autonomous driving, shared mobility, connected driving and e-mobility. True to the slogan “We talk about the future”, this year’s discussion platform “future talks by Mercedes-Benz Vans” invites visitors with inspiring keynotes and live demonstrations of use cases to inform and exchange information about tomorrow's transport and logistics trends.

Mercedes-Benz Vans at the IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018
Sprinter, Vito and Citan from Mercedes-Benz are parked in front of a building

The new Sprinter – fit for the future.

The bestseller among large vans presents itself with lots of future-oriented features – from new safety and assistance systems via standard networking to a completely new cockpit with a groundbreaking infotainment system. The new Sprinter will be accompanied by Vito, V-Class, Citan and the X-Class, which will be represented at the IAA Commercial Vehicles for the first time.

Highlights of the IAA commercial vehicles 2018.

From 20th to 27th of September 2018, the 67th IAA commercial vehicles opens its gates in Hanover. Visit Mercedes-Benz Vans at hall 14 and 15 and take a glimpse of the future.

You will experience groundbreaking and visionary concepts, topics of future transportation as well as modern solutions for the biggest challenges of the industry. More detailed information.

A Sprinter of the new generation in side view.

Over 1,700 variations – the new Sprinter generation.

More than 1,700 different Sprinter variants can be generated by combining body styles, powertrain configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages and cargo space heights. This versatility makes the new Sprinter the vehicle of choice for a wide range of transport needs and sectors. Whether as a construction site vehicle, a van for parcel delivery services, a vehicle for service technicians or a VIP shuttle: the new Sprinter is up to almost any task. This unprecedented number of variants, innovative connectivity services and a new telematics generation make it an overall system solution that meets a wide range of transport and mobility needs.

Mercedes PRO connect and Mercedes-Benz Van Uptime.

Mercedes PRO offers solutions and digital services for everyday business. Available for fleets, Mercedes PRO connect optimises the communications between fleet manager, vehicles and drivers. The connectivity solution allows the online management of orders as well as the virtually real-time interrogation of vehicle information. Its advantages range from minimised downtimes thanks to proactive maintenance and repair management to clearly presented data for business analytics. Every fleet can benefit from the web-based service – from small businesses to key accounts.

Mercedes PRO at the IAA Commercial Verhicles 2018.
The dashboard of the new Sprinter with integrated MBUX display

“Hey Mercedes!” – sheer comfort with MBUX.

The MBUX is an innovation that offers sheer comfort: The multimedia system impressively displays its capabilities when used in conjunction with Mercedes PRO services. The new Sprinter also responds to “Hey Mercedes” and recognises everyday expressions. In addition, the navigation application from the “Improved Navigation” value-added package displays information such as fuel prices and weather data. The integration of artificial intelligence is a particular new feature: the telematics system gets to know the user from previous behaviour, suggesting suitable destinations, contacts or radio stations.

Pure innovation: the tracking system CoROS.

Newly developed, CoROS (Cargo Recognition and Organization System) actively supports parcel delivery drivers with camera-based object tracking and machine learning software. Manual, time-consuming scanning and sorting of each shipment is no longer necessary. Once a parcel is inside the vehicle, CoROS uses illuminated LEDs to indicate the optimal storage location in the cargo space.

This means that the system, driver and fleet manager know at all times where the parcels are, even if their position changes during the journey. Another asset is the speed delivery door, which helps transport and delivery companies to maximize the security of their load.

eVito and eSprinter are displayed side by side

eVito: the future for an urban delivery traffic.

Mercedes-Benz Vans will demonstrate how efficiency, economy and reliability will soon be shaping the streetscape with the battery-electric eVito. In day-to-day fleet operation, battery-electric vehicles will be measured against the same standards as conventionally powered vehicles. If the eVito is used predominantly in the city, a maximum speed of 80 km/h conserves energy while increasing the range.

Starting sustainable driving in 2019: the new eSprinter.

To meet as many transport needs as possible while allowing many different sectors to enter the world of locally emission-free electromobility, a second model, the eSprinter, will soon come onto the market. It will make its market debut next year. The customer’s intended application is now the key factor. The choice of battery-electric drive or conventional combustion engine will be dependent solely on which represents the best solution for the particular application. In the medium-term future, the powertrain portfolio will be extended by addition of the fuel cell. The advantages of this technology are showcased by the Concept Sprinter F-CELL.

The eSprinter in front view, exhibited at the IAA
The concept vehicle Vision URBANETIC with Ride Sharing superstructure is examined by trade fair visitors

Mobility concept for visionaries: Vision URBANETIC.

The spectacular Vision URBANETIC design study, meanwhile, provides an indication of what the van might look like even beyond tomorrow. It is based on an autonomously driving, all-electric chassis with a totally new design. With interchangeable bodies for carrying goods or passengers, this van encompasses a wide range of applications in an urban context depending on the day of the week, time of day and individual requirements. All of which, in turn, is built on an IT structure that analyses supply and demand within a defined area in real time. The outcome is an autonomously driving fleet that is efficiently and adaptably based on today’s mobility needs.

Ride sharing in the German capital: the “BerlKönig”.

In 2017, Mercedes-Benz Vans and US start-up Via set up a joint venture called ViaVan to establish on-demand ride sharing in Europe. ViaVan has been on the market in Amsterdam and London since early 2018. Together with Berliner Verkehrsgesellschaft (BVG) it recently launched “BerlKönig”. The two partners have developed an integrated, needs-based mobility solution for the German capital. In addition to safety and comfort, some of the vehicles, which have been specially optimised for this application, offer passengers useful features. An intelligent algorithm analyses the transport needs in real time and deploys the available vehicles on that basis.

The BerlKönig of ViaVan exhibited at the IAA
A man uses the “counterless rental” and rents a van without a key

VAN2SHARE: innovative and digital.

With VAN2SHARE, Mercedes-Benz Vans presents an innovative, digital van sharing solution which brings together drivers, vehicles and orders on a single platform. It also allows keyless access to the vehicle while offering extensive data analytics options for improved fleet management. The solution is aimed primarily at passenger transport operators, CEP services and car rental companies. VAN2SHARE opens up new business models for car rental companies, such as “Counterless rental”. The solution also offers advantages for logistics service providers.