Mercedes-Benz, the car unit of Daimler and the third largest premium automaker in the world, reported its best monthly sales to date in July, with deliveries rising 11% to 130,003 units.
The sales were buoyed by increased demand in Europe, where the automotive industry is finally recovering from the six-year slump that led to a two-decade low. Mercedes grew 7.6% in its home region to 58,205 cars, climbed 12.6% in the world’s largest auto market (China) to 20,871 autos and jumped 15% in the US to 27,192 autos.
“We are using the momentum of the past months and are starting into the second half of the year with a sales growth of 11.3%. Our sales numbers are developing very well worldwide, and particularly strongly in the European markets”, said Ola Källenius, Member of the Divisional Board Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for Marketing & Sales. “Our new models of the compact family and our SUVs were real growth drivers.”
The company had a great performance in its second-biggest European market – after Germany – the UK, where deliveries rose 11.1%. Great results were also achieved in Spain (+51.6%) and France (+34.5%). Among the best performers were the compact cars range – the A-, B-, CLA- and GLA-Class, which together rose 30.5% to a total of 37,579 cars.