Portland, Ore., March 27, 2020 FedEx Express, the world's largest express transportation company, has placed the first order for 1,900 new Freightliner Sprinter vans. The Sprinter, introduced at the Mid-America Truck Show in Louisville, Ky., this month, is Freightliner's first major expansion into the light commercial vehicle market. The new Sprinter is a heavy Class 2 and Class 3 van being produced by Freightliner through a joint venture with Mercedes-Benz.
We are proud to continue our alliance with FedEx Express in yet another product range, said Freightliner President Jim Hebe. Freightliner vehicles from heavy-duty Class 8 trucks to walk-in vans and now the Sprinter will be on the road helping FedEx Express meet ever-growing customer demand.
The Sprinter is a completely new alternative for customers seeking a commercial van product, Hebe added. This vehicle will challenge the current standard in the commercial van market with unmatched performance, efficiency and cargo space.
The first Sprinter Cargo van for FedEx Express is scheduled for delivery in August. The Sprinter features superior cargo space and full-height rear doors for speed and flexibility in loading and unloading the vehicle. The Sprinter also incorporates sidewalls that are nearly vertical from the floor of the van to the bottom of the windows, creating more useable interior space.
The FedEx Express units will be built in two configurations. Both will feature the high-roof option at 73 inches. The 140-inch wheelbase units have 367 cubic feet of cargo space with a payload capacity of approximately 3,800 lbs. The 158-inch wheelbase units have 473 cubic feet of cargo space with approximately 3,500 lbs. of payload capacity.
Building off the innovative technology of Mercedes-Benz, the Sprinter is equipped with a Mercedes-Benz 5-cylinder in line turbo charged diesel engine. This engine delivers better fuel economy, longer maintenance intervals and better durability than competing gas-powered vans. The engine has a 156 horsepower rating with 244 ft. lbs. of torque and is matched with a 5-speed automatic transmission as standard equipment.
Freightliner is producing the Sprinter in Gaffney, S.C., at its custom chassis facility in a recently completed 54,000-square-foot, $11.4 million expansion. Sprinter cargo and passenger applications are available for order now, and cab chassis will be available in 2002. The Sprinter will be distributed throughout the United States and Canada through a dedicated Freightliner light commercial vehicle dealer network.
Freightliner LLC, headquartered in Portland, Oregon, is the leading manufacturer of commercial vehicles in North America. The company produces and markets Class 2-8 vehicles under the Freightliner, Sterling, Western Star, American LaFrance, Thomas Built Buses and Orion Bus nameplates. Freightliner is a DaimlerChrysler Company, the world's leading commercial vehicle manufacturer.