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Mercedes-Benz converts Sprinter 23-seaters to benefit the taxi industry

Mercedes-Benz Vans SA is converting 23-seater printer specifications to make them more suitable for the local taxi industry.

The carmaker says it has applied best-in-class features, including a robust seat anchorage system that conforms to the highest safety standards.

Inkanyezi also boasts adaptive standard brake lights.

“The vehicle conversion facility in East London can now convert our 23-seater Sprinter Inkanyezi vans locally to support the South African economy. Taxi owners will not have to wait until the vehicles are converted before they can begin operating and making money,”said Marcus Venter, Head of Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Vans SA.

The popular Inkanyezi, isiZulu for “The Star,” is available at dealers as a long-wheelbase 516 CDI with a recommended retail price of R945.000,00 including VAT and a nationwide after-sales service.


In an emergency, the normal brake light flashes, and is more visible to other motorists than a conventional brake light,

Safety options include Active Brake, Active Distance DISTRONIC and Parking Assists, Active Distance DISTRONIC, Parking and Lane Keeping Assists.

The Inkanyezi has Blind Spot Assist with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a reversing camera with a display on the interior rear-view mirror, which provides an extra layer of safety at all speeds and under any conditions.

With its 360-degree camera, the parking package makes it easier to maneuver in tight parking spots like taxi ranks, loading and unloading areas.

In addition, the conversion parts are far more durable and are covered by a two-year, unlimited-kilometer warranty.

Inkanyezi’s optional extras, such as parcel shelves, USB ports, and a tow bar, are plug-and-play and can be easily installed by dealers. Its high-quality vinyl seats are not only durable and easy to clean, but also comfortable for drivers and passengers.

Besides offering a functional workspace for the driver, the front cabin has a relaxed atmosphere for the front passenger throughout the country, making owning and operating the van as simple as possible.

With a multifunction steering wheel, the driver can conveniently operate the on-board computer. Features such as the Mercedes-Benz User Experience multimedia system, which has a 10.25-inch touchscreen, enhance the driver’s and passengers’ experience and provide route guidance.

Inkanyezi comes standard with a side step, making it easy to enter and exit the vehicle. The van’s floors are covered with a hard-wearing Marley, providing an anti-slip surface.

The rear-wheel drive Inkanyezi 516 CDI is powered by a 2 litre, 4-cylinder diesel engine that delivers power and efficiency, both of which are critical for taxi companies to be profitable. The vehicle offers a peak torque of 330Nm between 1200 and 2200rpm, with a 120 KW power output.

Its fibre glass dome roof liner, easy to clean and ultra-light, reduces the vehicle’s weight, helping achieve excellent fuel efficiency; it also maximises space and makes it more comfortable for passengers.

The Inkanyezi is highly utilized in the taxi industry. In this sector, efficiency is a key success factor.

Purchase price, fuel, maintenance and repair costs are some of the most crucial factors in a taxi’s operating costs.

Venter said Inkanyezi complies with stringent criteria in all these areas to ensure profitability for taxi operators.


Pricing for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Inkanyezi 516 CDI starts at a recommended R945.000,00 including VAT.

The Inkanyezi’s service intervals are every 20 000 km, and the warranty is a comprehensive 2-year/unlimited kilometre offering.

Offers on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Inkanyezi 516 CDI are available from Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, a registered financial services provider.

For more information on the Mercedes-Benz Inkanyezi, visit

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