Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars posts record 2012 sales in the UK image

Mercedes-Benz has recorded its best-ever new car registrations market share in the UK, according to figures released today by the SMMT.

The company’s record-breaking 4.5 percent market share was posted in 2012 with the C-Class Coupé, the SLK-Class, E-Class Cabriolet, CLS-Class Coupé and the S-Class each leading their respective market segments. For the second year in a row Mercedes-Benz has seen double-digit growth.

While the record year was led by spectacular performances from core models within the Mercedes-Benz range – including the C-Class, which finished the year as the ninth overall best-selling car in 2012 – the AMG performance division of Mercedes-Benz also set new records. AMG posted its best ever year in the UK with registrations rising by 119.6 percent, making it the fastest growing performance brand in the UK.

The S-Class finished 2012 as the Number One luxury car in the UK – capturing a substantial 30.5 percent share of its segment. Strong sales of the smart fortwo led to a rise of 11.3 percent for the year with a total of 5,616 cars registered in 2012.

In total, Mercedes-Benz UK registered 91,006 cars in 2012, a rise of 12.1 percent – making it one of the most successful years ever recorded outperforming the overall new car market, which increased by 5.3 percent.