|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.|
|1978||Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD).|
|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.|