Dr Rolf Bartke, head of Mercedes-Benz UK vans business unit, said the facelifted Sprinter would take a further percentage point of market share in 2000 on top of the current 10.3%, despite the launch of the new Transit model.
Growth would also come from Vito, currently sold as a single model.
“The next range will come on to the market within two years and offer a number of variants with different wheelbases and roof heights,” said Dr Bartke.
“We expect this broader model range to take a similar market share to Sprinter within four years.”
Dr Bartke said the task was to defend market share from the market-leading Ford Transit. Sprinter would do this by offering innovation and a balance of performance versus cost. He dismissed the new Transit as “merely a facelift”.