Today, worldwide almost one in five new vehicles sold is a commercial vehicle and Dodge has done an excellent job of providing buyers with plenty of options. Their commercial vehicles are now among the best selling in the world, and a great deal of that success has been due to their Sprinter model.
– Dodge Is an Industry Leader in Commercial Vehicle Sales
During the first half of 2008, the company experienced a 123 percent increase from the first six months of 2007 in commercial sales with 20,177 units sold. That allowed Dodge’s share of the total retail market for Class 3-5 vehicles to grow to 21 percent, with sales of its Sprinter also jumping up 21 percent last year. This boost in sales has made them the fourth largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles worldwide.
“While continuing to conquer new territory and set new commercial standards, the commercial car market remains a white-space opportunity for the Dodge brand,” said Mike Accavitti, Director – Dodge Brand Marketing in an interview. “Dodge has introduced six all-new cars since 2003 and we will continue to fill this space with bold, powerful and capable commercial-grade vehicles.”
– Dodge Offers Best-in-Class Fuel Economy and Price
Since returning to the commercial vehicle market in 2004, they have created several trucks and vans that have earned “best-in-class” awards for fuel economy, including the Dodge Ram 4500 and 5500 Chassis Cab models. Their cars also boast of low maintenance costs, which have resulted in a 16 percent market share of the Class 4-5 segments.
“Delivering maximum uptime, dependability, capability, safety and increased savings, Dodge is continuing its commercial market onslaught with a barrage of product enhancements and upgrades intended to further improve an already great commercial line-up while better serving our business customers’ specialized needs,” Accavitti added.
– The Dodge Sprinter Provides Exceptional Value
And of course, the Sprinter, introduced in 2003, is one of their crown jewels in its commercial fleet. It has the lowest ownership costs of any van in its class and leads its segment in fuel economy, getting about 25 freeway miles to the gallon. In terms of its specifications, the Sprinter cargo van offers two wheelbases of 144 and 170 inches, as well as three body lengths of 233, 273, or 289 inches.
Consumers may choose from standard, high, or Mega Roof heights. While many features like antilock brakes and automatic climate control come standard, there are lots of great things like rear parking assist, heated front seats, and integrated phone connectivity that can be added as options. The Sprinter has a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6 engine, with 154 horsepower, but buyers can opt for more horsepower by choosing the 3.5-liter V6 engine instead.
The full-size van continues to be a major hit with consumers. During the first seven months of 2008, the company sold more than 9,500 Sprinters, a 21 percent increase from the previous year. One of the reasons for its long-lived success is that at least three of the world’s most recognizable courier services chosen to invest heavily in Sprinter fleets. Its fuel efficiency and practical design make it a great buy as both a passenger and cargo vehicle.