Mercedes-Benz has introduced the new Sprinter van to the Irish market.
The van is equipped with a number of standard and optional safety features that Mercedes-Benz claims are appearing in this category of vehicle for the first time.
Making its world premiere in any commercial vehicle, and available as standard, is Crosswind Assist. This new safety element kicks in automatically to help keep the van on course in strong, gusting winds.
Other standard features include a number of cabin enhancements and a new-generation radio system with state-of-the-art electronic entertainment features and Bluetooth.
Two other 'world first' safety elements available as optional extras are Collision Prevention Assist, which sounds an alert if the van comes too close to moving traffic ahead; and Blind Spot Assist, which alerts the driver to the presence of other vehicles when changing lane.
Also new are Lane Keeping Assist, which warns the driver if the vehicle drifts off course; and High Beam Assist, which provides optimal illumination of the road ahead.
Externally, the Sprinter has been given a facelift.
Billed as the first van to meet future Euro VI emissions standards, the performance of its diesel engines remains unchanged, with four and six-cylinder units delivering outputs from 95-190bhp.
Transmission is delivered by an ECO-gear six-speed manual or G-TRONIC PLUS automatic transmission with lock-up clutch - another world first for vans.
Consumption figures of 6.3 litres per 100km and an extended maintenance interval of up to 60,000km complete the picture.