FRANKFURT, Sept 6 German automotive group
Daimler said on Friday it will stop building the VW
Crafter large delivery van for Volkswagen at the end
of 2016, when its existing contract expires.
"Both partners had a benefit from the long lasting
cooperation. With the next Sprinter, which is currently in
development, we will ultimately be dependent on the production
capacities that we have currently made available to Volkswagen,"
said Mercedes-Benz Vans chief Volker Mornhinweg in a statement.
Around 150,000 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter delivery vans are
currently built each year.
The VW Crafter has been manufactured by Daimler using the
Sprinter platform since 2005.
(Reporting by Christiaan Hetzner; Editing by Christoph Steitz)