Mercedes-Benz has produced more than 2 million SUVs since the launch of its first sports utility vehicle, the G-Class, over 30 years ago.
The figure includes all SUV’s produced by the brand: the G-Class, M-Class, R-Class, GL-Class and GLK-Class. “The SUVs today are an important pillar of Mercedes-Benz’s growth and have achieved a new sales record in every month since July 2010. The new Mercedes-Benz M-Class, which has enjoyed fantastic customer response to date, will give sales a further boost,” said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars.
In the first 11 months of 2011, a total of 221,518 sports utility vehicles have been delivered worldwide (+24.3%), more than ever before in this period. A new peak was set by the GLK, whose deliveries are at a record high since the beginning of the year (up 25.6 percent). Mercedes’ smallest SUV is being produced also in China since early December, where demand for this model is increasing.
The brand’s other SUVs also recorded increases: R-Class sales jumped by 50.3 per cent, the G-Class recorded growth of 30.9 per cent, GL sales climbed by 28.9 per cent, and deliveries of the M-Class were up 15.8% despite the model change. The SUV models account for around one-fifth of global Mercedes-Benz sales. By far the largest market for the SUV family is the U.S., followed by China and Germany.