Supplied by Mercedes-Benz Van Centre Exeter, the new additions are all long L3 316 CDI models with 161bhp engines. The operator specified rear-wheel drive; the new Sprinter also comes in 4x4 and front-wheel drive versions.
The first four to go into operation were high-roofed H2 panel vans, which were insulated and fitted with GAH fridge units by Somers Refrigeration, of Norwich. Three of these are assigned to the operator’s Priority Chilled division, which distributes ambient, chilled and frozen goods, as well as pharmaceuticals.
The other two Sprinters are chassis cabs, with curtainsided Luton bodies by JC Payne (UK), of Walsall. One has barn doors, the other a full-closure tail-lift.
“We like to run vehicles with a good cross-section of specifications, so we’re well placed to meet varying customer demands,” says Steve Brown, Priority Transport’s managing director.
“The Sprinter has always led the market in terms of its reliability and durability, but we also value highly the Mercedes-Benz back-up and warranty.
“Our vehicles can easily cover in excess of half a million miles over three years, so the fact that they’re covered throughout this period by a warranty which has no mileage limit is very reassuring,” he says, adding that the MobiloVan free roadside assistance is also a benefit.
As well as an array of safety features, the new Sprinter features the MBUX infotainment system and 4G connectivity with its Mercedes Pro Connect system.
“The new model is great to drive and some of the technology is fantastic,” says Brown. “Looking to the future, I’m certainly interested in the connectivity angle, and in seeing how the data provided by the Pro Connect system can help us to run our vehicles more efficiently and safely.”