Mercedes-Benz is starting off its anniversary year this fall by delivering more than 340 Sprinter vans to serve as emergency and safe patient transportation vehicles in Spain.  The Falck Group, the world's largest private provider of ambulance services, has set high standards for its patients and will use the vehicles in three districts in the Catalan metropolis of Barcelona. More than two million people live within the operating area. The Sprinters will be specially equipped for everyday emergency operations  including a smoother automatic transmission of power that will reduce fuel consumption and keep emissions low.  The first Sprinter left the production lines in Düsseldorf in January 1995.