The 200 Sprinter 314 CDI Long models will be based across the company’s nationwide network of 55 service centres.
The vehicles were delivered through the Bolton branch of dealer Ciceley Commercials and join Yodel’s fleet of more than 800 vans, the vast majority of which are Mercedes models.
The new vehicles are direct replacements for Sprinters and will each clock up some 27,000 miles per year.
Yodel’s executive chairman, Dick Stead said: “We have been relying on Mercedes-Benz Sprinters since we began trading in 2010. They have proved to be extremely well built, with a genuine appetite for hard work.
“This robust dependability, supported by the fact that our drivers really like their vans, is what’s kept us coming back for more – although with these latest versions we’ve taken the opportunity to improve our specification in some key areas of safety and security.”
Yodel’s first Euro 6 vans are powered by 143hp four-cylinder engines and are fitted with the factory-option Parametric Special Module, a programmable computer interface which allows the customer to set a series of parameters controlling their performance and functions.
Yodel has opted to introduce settings that disable the radio whenever reverse gear is selected; limit reversing speed to 10mph; switch on the hazard lights whenever a door is opened; and lock the doors automatically whenever a driver moves away from the vehicle or when the van is on the move. Safety has been further enhanced by the addition of optional reversing cameras.
“These improvements have made a great van even better, so we’re delighted with our new Sprinters,” continued Stead.