Belgian telecomms giant places order for 600 Sprinters
The company, which is one of Belgium's leading provider of telecommunications and internet services as well as digital TV, has almost 17,000 employees and maintains a fleet of more than 8,000 cars, vans, and trucks.
Belgacom ordered a total of 600 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 519 CDI panel vans of 5.0 tonnes GVW. These vehicles feature a three-part body, which consists of a driver's cab, a mobile workstation equipped with the latest in information and telecommunications technology, and a cargo area for cables and tools. The Sprinter can also pull a 3.0-tonne trailer, enabling it to take a small excavator to repair sites, for example.
Belgacom says it awarded the contract to Mercedes-Benz Vans as the vehicles meet its highest technical standards and also scored well regarding the customer's wishes for special features. In addition, the vans offered the lowest total cost of ownership costs.
All the vehicles are equipped as standard with the latest version of the ESP stability programme, which determines the weight and position of the freight and optimally adjusts the controlled braking operations. The Sprinters are also equipped as standard with adaptive brake lights that flash rapidly during emergency braking. This provides an additional warning signal to following motorists and can therefore help reduce the number of rear-end collisions. All models come with clean Euro 5-compliant engines.
The first Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was delivered to the customer in December 2009. Over the next two years, Mercedes-Benz Vans will deliver some 25 vehicles per month to Belgacom.
The contract also encompasses a comprehensive service package from Mercedes-Benz CharterWay, which will be responsible for the maintenance and vehicle management of all 600 Sprinters.