Auto Sales: Best third quarter for Mercedes Benz worldwide image

Mercedes Benz, the premium automaker from Stuttgart announced a new record in sales for the month of September 2011. The automaker reported worldwide sales of 120,982 vehicles – the best month since the beginning of the year.

Since January 2011 sales now total to 919,288 Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, an increase of 7.6%. “We continue to grow,” says Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars.

China was one of the best markets for the Germans. The brand with the star increased its sales in September by 12.7% to the record level of 15,272 units. A total of 135,506 vehicles have been delivered to customers in China since January (+32.8%), more than ever before.

Last month records were also posted in Taiwan (+57.9%), Russia (+44.6%), South Korea (+37.4%), and India (+14.1%). Sales development was also very dynamic in Brazil (+64,8%), South Africa (+21.7%) and Turkey (+10.5%).

In the United States, Mercedes gained 9 percent to 21,649, the Stuttgart, Germany-based automaker said.

On its home market, Germany, Mercedes remains the most successful premium automaker. At 190,037 vehicles since the beginning of the year, sales were up slightly (+0.5%) from the high figure recorded during the same period in 2010. A total of 222,926 vehicles (+0.1%) have been delivered to customers in Western Europe (excluding Germany) since the beginning of the year; September sales totaled 32,425 units.

In other news, Daimker on Oct.5 said it will guarantee jobs of permanent employees through 2016, extending worker protections that have been in effect since 2004.

Overview of sales by Mercedes-Benz Cars

September 2011 Change in % Jan.-Sept. 2011 Change in %
Mercedes-Benz 120,982 +2.0 919,288 +7.6
smart 8,494 -15.6 77,567 +3.6
Mercedes-Benz Cars 129,476 +0.7 996,855 +7.3
Mercedes-Benz sales by market
Western Europe 56,939 -6.4 412,963 +0.3
- thereof Germany 24,514 -10.1 190,037 +0.5
NAFTA 24,485 +8.5 195,128 +6.0
- thereof the U.S. 21,649 +9.0 169,862 +6.3
Asia/Pacific 28,677 +8.6 229,900 +20.8
- thereof Japan 4,581 -0.7 24,151 +1.7
- thereof China 15,272 +12.7 135,506 +32.8