Mercedes-Benz withdraws from South Africa’s December sales stats image

Daimler AG’s South African subsidiary will not report domestic new-vehicle sales data to the local automakers’ group.

The carmaker has made this decision as it deals with an investigation into anti-competitive practices in Europe. The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) said today in an e-mailed statement that Mercedes-Benz SA will not participate in the domestic new-vehicle sales and export sales reporting. The group did not say how long Daimler would refrain from reporting data.

Daimler ordered its South-African unit to stop providing figures as a commision in Europe investigates allegations of anti-competitive behavior in Europe. “NAAMSA understands that the global directive by Daimler AG is precautionary in nature and is related to the European Union Competition Commission investigation into alleged anti-competitive practices by various European truck manufacturers,” the association said in a statement.

Mercedes-Benz SA sold 2,106 new cars in November, ranking sixth in the country’s sales ranking. The German carmaker had a market share of 4.2 percent of the total 49,499 new vehicles sold in November. Mercedes-Benz South Africa assembles the C-Class models, as well as a number of trucks at its East London plant, in the Eastern Cape, for the local and export markets.

NAAMSA is scheduled to release data for December tomorrow.