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TINA.org investigated the marketing for the 2019 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, which revealed that Mercedes-Benz USA was running a deceptive national marketing campaign that made the unqualified claim that its 2019 Sprinter van was “Built in the USA” despite the fact that the overwhelming majority of Sprinter vans were imported from Germany and the remaining vans contained significant non-U.S. components.


Highlights

  • Sent warning letter to company
  • Company halted its Built in USA campaign for the 2019 Sprinter
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Timeline

March – first week of April 2019: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) removes several deceptive marketing materials from publication, including a national television commercial and social media promotional posts.  MBUSA also makes several changes to other marketing materials, including edits to its website and national radio commercial that remove the “Built in the USA” claim.

March 29, 2019: Mercedes-Benz responds saying, among other things, that the company is in the process of removing the marketing materials raised in TINA.org’s letter.

March 22, 2019: TINA.org sends a warning letter to Mercedes-Benz notifying it of TINA.org’s findings and requesting that the company promptly remove from publication all marketing materials that make deceptive Built in USA claims about its 2019 Sprinter.


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