Mercedes-Benz Rus has successfully completed the first stage of the localisation of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic. Along with a Russian made diesel engine, 50% localisation rate has been achieved thanks to the the localisation of the production of suspensions, exterior and interior parts and stamped parts of the body. The Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry has confirmed the “Made in Russia” status of Sprinter Classic, as reported by Mercedes-Benz Rus press office.
As one may remember, Mercedes-Benz Rus has been manufacturing Sprinter T1N in cooperation with GAZ Group since 2013. The vehicle has been equipped with new security systems, such as: ESP 9i, transmission, suspension and engine and renamed as Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic. In general, the entire system of the vehicle has been adapted for Russian conditions. The stamped parts were being shipped from abroad in the beginning. In 2015, both companies launched the production of stamped parts for Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic and GAZelle Next on modern automated equipment.
Daimler is constantly exploring the market and suppliers in search of reliable partners to increase the localisation rates. New local partners have started the production of a large number of stamped body parts in 2016: all front and interior door panels, sidewalls, wings and hoods, as well as the main power elements for the body. GAZ Group is responsible for the production of the doors and hoods.
The Russian Federation Chamber of Commerce and Industry has prepared an expert report this year, according to which, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic meets the requirements for locally manufactured products. In the meantime, the Mercedes-Benz Vans division continues to work on further expansion of localisation and the reduction of costs.
Mercedes-Benz Vans have launched the serial production of engines with the ecological norm Euro-5 in Yaroslavl in January 2016. The new economically unrivalled engine is available for all Sprinter Classic models in two capacity versions. Major modifications have been made in the engine system, in connection with the transition to a higher environmental standard. Such as the OM646 diesel engine with a volume of 2143 cc, available as 109 hp and 136 hp. In addition, Russia is the only manufacturer that supplies Daimler with components for the engine. Camshafts, cylinder blocks and cylinder heads are exported from Russia to the Global Logistics Centre of Mercedes-Benz, which supplies parts to markets throughout the world.
“We are actively working with local partners, in order to offer our customers more individual and attractive solutions. The need for quality Russian body manufacturers and suppliers has grown exponentially with the launch of Sprinter Classic production. All local partners have undergone rigorous testing, demonstrating the transparency of production processes and the ability to provide high quality products consistently. The path to more than 50% of the location was long and thorny, but thanks to a flexible management in conjunction with GAZ Group we have gradually achieved the result. Our aim is to offer an attractive product to our clients – Sprinter Classic and its possible variants- at a competitive price and we will continue continue to work in this direction” – said the general manager of Mercedes-Benz Vans in Russia: Sören Häse.