The contract was awarded by Brussels-based Belgacom, the country’s leading provider of telecommunications, Internet services and digital TV, with the first Mercedes-Sprinter van already being in the customer’s possession. Over the next two years, the vehicle maker will deliver around 25 vans per month to Belgacom.
The contract includes a comprehensive service package from Mercedes-Benz CharterWay, which will be responsible for the maintenance and vehicle management of all 600 Sprinters.
“Mercedes-Benz Vans was awarded the contract for two reasons: On the one hand, the vehicles meet the highest technical standards and also scored well regarding the customer’s wishes for special features. On the other hand, the customer was also impressed by the fact that Mercedes-Benz Vans offered the lowest total cost of ownership,” stated the press release.
The Sprinter model chosen by Belgacom is the 519 CDI panel van of 5.0 tons gross vehicle weight. This comes with an Euro 5-compliant engine and has a special structure, as it features a three-part body, consisting of a driver’s cab, mobile workstation equipped with the latest information and telecommunications technology, and a cargo area for cables and tools. In addition to that, the van has a maximum pulling capacity of 3.0 tons.
The vehicles is fitted with and advanced safety features, such as an ESP system that adjusts its actions according to the weight and position of the freight and adaptive braking lights, which flash rapidly during emergency braking, providing an additional warning signal and reducing the risk of a rear-end collision.