Worldwide deliveries of Mercedes-Benz vehicles jumped 12.8 percent to a total of 151, 135 units last month, thanks to record sales of compact cars and sport utility vehicles, as well as growing demand in the US and China.
Since the start of the year, the sales also grew with a double-digit percentage, jumping 13.6 percent to a tally of 728,809 autos. “With the GLC, which celebrates its world premiere in Germany this month, we plan to build on our success story,” commented Ola Källenius, the Daimler Ag chief of marketing and sales for Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Its predecessor, the GLK, is currently our top-selling SUV,” the executive added. The Smart brand also posted a stellar increase, with a tally of 11,142 units – a 45.5 percent jump for the new fortwo and forfour models. As far as the Mercedes-Benz brand is concerned, Europe took command of 65,056 autos last month, with the five-month total a record for the period – 316,324 units and an increase of 10.5 percent over the same period last year.
The NAFTA region posted a 13.8 percent growth in May for a new record, with sales in the US jumping 11.1 percent to 29,583 autos. Meanwhile, for the month of May the best sales increase was registered in the Asia-Pacific zone, where deliveries were up 23.4 percent to a new record of 46,260 units. China sales jumped 19.8 percent to a tally of 27,562 vehicles. Japan, which is a traditional stronghold for the brand, saw sales jump 40.6 percent from the year-ago period. Mercedes’ compact cars jumped 22.3 percent to a total of 46,363 units and a new May record.