On 5 December 2008 the last four of a total of 24 identically built Sprinter Transfer 55 vehicles were handed over at the Dortmund minibus plant. The rural-service buses were presented to Ulrich Jäger, Head of Deutsche Bahn Ostwestfalen-Lippe-Bus (OWL), by Dr. Ulrich Hesselmann, Head of Mercedes-Benz Minibus GmbH. The 24 traffic-red Mercedes-Benz minibuses will be used over the next six years primarily for transporting schoolchildren in the German states of North Rhine-Westphalia and Lower Saxony.
At a length of 7665 mm the Sprinter Transfer 55 is the largest of a total of 5 rural-service bus models in the Mercedes-Benz minibus range (Sprinter Transfer 23, Sprinter Transfer 34, Sprinter Transfer 35, Sprinter Transfer 45 and Sprinter Transfer 55). It is based on the longest (7345 mm) Sprinter panel van model which was first lengthened by 30 cm and then equipped with a well-proportioned bus rear including a generous luggage compartment door. The larger passenger compartment, built completely in Dortmund, offers comfortable seating space for up to 22 passengers.