1896 - Gottlieb Daimler creates the first truck.
1896 - Carl Benz creates the first van dubbed a "combination delivery vehicle."
1926 - Daimler and Benz merge to form Daimler-Benz AG, which begins producing commercial vans and trucks under the name Mercedes-Benz.
1981 - Daimler-Benz purchases the U.S.-based Freightliner Corporation, a manufacturer of heavy trucks.
1995 - First generation Sprinter launches in Europe to replace the Mercedes-Benz T1 van.
2001 - The Sprinter cargo and passenger van models officially launch in the United States under the Freightliner brand.
2004 - The Sprinter Cab Chassis officially launches in the United States.
2005 - First generation Sprinter achieves a production record of 150,000 units.
2007 - Second generation Sprinter enters the United States market.
2010 - Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is sold in the United States for the first time.