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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

On the longest day of the year, a fleet of Mercedes-Benz vans worked the longest day of their lives

The 2013 Summer Solstice fell on Friday June 21st. Regrettably, I spent the day in transit, so didn't get any opportunity to make merry and enjoy some revelry in a stone circle. But whilst I might have resented my long train journey, that was nothing compared to the day undertaken by a fleet of Mercedes-Benz drivers.

In the 17 hours of recorded daylight on Friday June 21st, the Parcelforce Worldwide Mercedes-Benz fleet covered a combined 139,500 miles. This was just another day for these guys. Every day they deliver packages to every corner of the UK, operating from 53 depots and working to supremely tight schedules and deadlines. They have a system whereby as little time as possible is lost, so it stands to reason that the longest day of the year should have been their longest working day.

As a result, during the 06:00 – 18:00 shift, the Parcelforce Worldwide Mercedes-Benz fleet covered an average of 11,625 miles every hour.

This is a testament, of course, not only to the steadfast determination of the Parcelforce Worldwide delivery machine, but also to the sheer reliable tenacity of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has been subjected to such rigorous tests as have been designed to ensure both mechanical durability and driver comfort, even on the longest and most demanding of journeys.

Says a statement from Parcelforce: “Providing an extra challenge is the guarantee made by Parcelforce Worldwide of express delivery to all 29 million addresses in the UK – meaning the Sprinter fleet is subjected to often tough road conditions and ever tougher weather.

“Yet through the combination of the most extensive testing imaginable and the 24 hour support of a dedicated Retailer network, the Sprinter can cope – ensuring that 21st June is not the only long day of the year.”

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is due to be launched in the UK in September 2013.