TORONTO, June 23, 2016 /CNW/ - Hans-Jörg Mehl, Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Mercedes-Benz Canada, Michael Weidemann, Executive Vice-President of ENERCON Canada and Volker Kendziorra, Global Head of Service of ENERCON, gathered at the Niagara Region Wind Farm in Smithville today to officially celebrate the beginning of a Canadian partnership that saw 20 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4s added to the fleet of service vehicles that support ENERCON's wind farms across the country. This is the culmination of a project that started in 2014 with a single 4x4 prototype based on a standard rear-wheel drive Sprinter built to Canadian specifications in Düsseldorf, Germany.
ENERCON tested the prototype over the course of a six month period, travelling from Nova Scotia through Quebec to Ontario for a total of 7,984 kilometres. In order to establish the optimal technical specifications for Canada, the prototype was outfitted with equipment that monitored its engine module. Real-time results were transmitted by GPS back to Mercedes-Benz Global Headquarters in Stuttgart, where they were used to verify and tweak the engine programming for the production Sprinters.
"For many years, ENERCON has used Mercedes-Benz vans to serve our company's wind turbines around the world. We found that the Canadian climate and topography demanded certain requirements, and are pleased to say that the Sprinter 4x4 has met all of them," said Volker Kendziorra.
The Sprinter 4x4 was a natural choice for ENERCON, who sought a fuel-efficient vehicle with the payload capacity to accommodate a full complement of equipment. Further, it was well-positioned to meet the needs of the company, whose wind farms are frequently located away from main roads and well off the beaten track. The Sprinter 4x4 features a low range gear that allows it to navigate steep grades, negotiate challenging off-road terrain, and even tow and manoeuvre heavy trailers.
Thursday's Canadian announcement meets ENERCON's purchasing priorities for its global fleet. Until now, the company's Canadian division relied primarily on retrofitted pickup trucks to work in the field.
"ENERCON and Mercedes-Benz are two major German players, known worldwide for their high-quality standards. We are delighted to be expanding our existing partnership into the Canadian market, and are delighted to be working with Mercedes-Benz Canada. We see today's announcement as a great first step towards a long term relationship in this part of the world," said Michael Weidemann.
"The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter was the pioneer of the modern van movement, and today this model continues to trail blaze as the only 4x4 commercial van in Canada," added Hans-Jörg Mehl. "Our agreement with ENERCON underscores the increasing importance of fuel efficiency to global corporations, an area in which the Sprinter leads the pack. This advantage, coupled with its best-in-class payload and cargo volume – not to mention its remarkable interior height of over 2.2 metres – make for an unbeatable combination."
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the Mercedes-Benz and AMG passenger vehicles, Mercedes-Benz Vans and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,500 people in 21 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 11 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 46 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 44,526 vehicles in 2015. This represents the best year ever for the company and has positioned Mercedes-Benz as the top luxury manufacturer in Canada for the second consecutive year.
About ENERCON Canada
Established in Germany over 30 years ago, ENERCON is an international leader in wind turbine design and sales. Known worldwide for its gearless generator technologies, high manufacturing standards, and comprehensive long-term service agreements, the company has become synonymous with reliability and performance. To date, ENERCON has installed more than 25,600 turbines worldwide, ranging from 500 kW to 7.5 MW, representing more than 41.2 GW of installed capacity.
A major player in the Canadian market since its entry in 2001, ENERCON Canada Inc. has over 600 employees with offices located in Montreal, Toronto and Dartmouth, service stations coast-to-coast, manufacturing sites in Matane (QC) and Beamsville (ON), and a dedicated training and warehouse facility in Boucherville (QC). ENERCON Canada Inc. currently has over 2,000 MW installed throughout seven Canadian provinces and territories.
SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
Image with caption: "Michael Weidemann, Executive VP of ENERCON Canada, Hans-Jörg Mehl, VP and CFO of Mercedes-Benz Canada, and Volker Kendziorra, Global Head of Service of ENERCON, gathered in Smithville, Ontario today to officially celebrate the beginning of a Canadian partnership that saw 20 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4s added to the fleet of service vehicles that support ENERCON’s wind farms across the country. (CNW Group/Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160623_C8764_PHOTO_EN_721273.jpg
Image with caption: "Today, representatives from Mercedes-Benz Canada and ENERCON gathered in Smithville, Ontario to officially celebrate the beginning of a Canadian partnership that saw 20 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 4x4s added to the fleet of service vehicles that support ENERCON’s wind farms across the country. (CNW Group/Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160623_C8764_PHOTO_EN_721274.jpg
For further information: Mercedes-Benz Canada: JoAnne Caza, 416-847-7550, [email protected]; Nathalie Gravel, 416-847-7509, [email protected]; ENERCON Canada: Eva Lotta Schmidt, 438-837-1819, [email protected]