In the USA the Sprinter is sold with the
same 5 speed automatic transmission
that they used to put in the E class.
In other countries they put in something
called a Sprintshift which has 6 speeds
and both automatic and manual modes.
In terms of automatic capabilities are
there any significant differences between
the two? It would seem to me that 6
speeds would be marginally better than
Why would MB sell a vehicle in
the UK with a six speed automatic and
in the US with a 5 speed automatic?
Plus the UK( and not the US )
get AWD and 4x4 options:
Seems to me those would
go over well in the US.
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A sprintshift is a manual gearbox with automated clutch and electric
shifting device (simply spoken). I can shift automatically, but it
usually is opreated manually. Its benefits are better fuel economy and no
performance loss against the usual manual gearbox. These issues are very
important in a market, where most van drivers are not used to find an
automatic gearbox in a van and where a gallon of fuel costs a fortune.
The drawback of a sprintshift is its lack of smoothness while changing
gears. No UK van driver, used to drive a Ford Transit or a LDV Convoy,
will notice that.
In the US most vans are equipped with an automatic gearbox and most
drivers do not know how to operate a manual box. Besides this fuel is
cheap. So an automatic gearbox will meet the customers expectations
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