1885 Gottlieb Daimler patented a vertical cylinder engine that he developed in cooperation with Maybach.
1896 Daimler delivers the first commercial vehicle onto the market complete with a 1,500 kg payload capacity.
1905 Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft introduced two important innovations in vehicle technical design: the location of the radiator at the front end and cast iron wheels.
1935 10,000th diesel powered vehicle built.
1955 A new class of Mercedes-Benz, the 'van' is born - namely in the form of Mercedes-Benz L319.
1959 Safety body.
1978 Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD).
1981 The airbag.
1986 Acceleration Skid Control (ASR).
1994 The fuel cell.
1996 Brake Assist System (BAS).
1998 The Vito and Sprinter range is launched into Australia and sales exceed all expectations.
1999 Britz motor homes start to use Sprinter in its fleet and the Ambulance service of New South Wales convert the first Mercedes-Benz van.
2000 New Sprinter (NCV3) arrives, featuring the new-generation CDI engines and dash-mounted gearshift.
2002 Anti-lock braking System (ABS).
The majority of Australian ambulances now use the Sprinter as its front-line stretcher response unit.
2004 ADAPTIVE Electronic Stability Program (ESP).
New Vito is the first van range in Australia to have ADAPTIVE ESP safety as standard.
2005 100 Limited Edition Blue Arrow Vito vans produced to commemorate 50 years since the release of the first van.
2006 Roll Movement Intervention (RMI).
Adjustable Steering Wheel.
Three-year / 200,000 km warranty for all models sets a new industry benchmark.
Under steering control (USC).
2008 Mercedes-Benz Vans wins Australia Post's mail van contract - the first supplier contract change in more than 20 years.
2009 Natural Gas Technology.
Load Adaptive Control (LAC).
Mercedes-Benz Vito is the first van to be awarded a 5-star safety rating by ANCAP when fitted with optional window airbags.
2010 Trailer Stability Assist (TSA).
The new Sprinter is launched with Euro 5 compliant engines and improved safety features. It's clean, economical and effective.
2011 The new Vito is launched with Euro 5 compliant diesel engines and improved safety features. It also wins Delivery Magazine's Van of the Year.
2012 The new Valente is launched and wins Delivery magazine's People Mover of the Year.
2013 The Valente wins Delivery magazine's People Mover of the Year for the second consecutive year, whilst the Sprinter is awarded Van of the Year.

Sprinter: 2014 Van of the Year

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter wins 'Van of the Year' and 'People Mover of the Year'.