CC Global: 2016 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 314 CDI Wheelchair-Accessible Taxicab – Big Brown Taxi

2016 MB Sprinter 314 CDI - 1

The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is my country’s best selling full-size van. In that segment, it also predominates the market for taxicabs and ambulances. This 4,325 mm (170.3”) long wheelbase Sprinter taxi stood out, thanks to its shade of brown. Most of them are white or silver. Just like cars.

2016 MB Sprinter 314 CDI - 2

Because of the blue license plates, the minibus can be recognized as a taxi from a country mile. Every vehicle in the business wears them.

The Sprinter is powered by a 2,143 cc, inline-four turbodiesel with 143 DIN-hp. That Mercedes-Benz engine line, known as the OM 651, was introduced in 2008 and can be found under the hood of many “light-duty” Benzes, right up to the 221- and 222-series of the S-Class.

2016 MB Sprinter 314 CDI - 3

According to its registration, this second gen Sprinter is a nine-seater (the driver included) and can accommodate five wheelchairs.

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I couldn’t find out which company did the interior conversion, but here’s a similar configuration. (photo courtesy of Aanpassingsbedrijf Bierman B.V.)

2015 Ford Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi - 1

Further down the street, I caught this much smaller van, yet with more power and a somewhat bigger engine. A 155 DIN-hp, 2015 Ford Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi, owned by a landscaper.

The front-wheel drive Transit Custom, introduced in 2012, fits right between the compact Transit Connect and the full-size Transit.

2015 Ford Transit Custom 2.2 TDCi - 2

Just like the big Benz, the zippy Ford also has sidebars. With such a chic chique last name, it would be nice if the landscaper is specialized in French gardens.