Friday, 7 October 2016
Mercedes-Benz tops 200,000 per month
Mercedes-Benz has performed a hat-trick: In September, in the third quarter and also in the first nine months of the year.
The Stuttgart based company achieved three new records. Last month, sales of passenger cars reached the all-time high of 211,286 vehicles (+12.1 per cent), passing the mark of 200,000 units in one month for the first time.
In the period of July to September, the bestselling quarter so far was achieved with sales of 531,302 units (+11.2 per cent). Since the beginning of the year, sales by Mercedes-Benz have risen at a double-digit rate to a record number of more than 1.5 million vehicles (1,537,921 units, +11.7 per cent).
Last month, Mercedes-Benz was the market leader among the premium manufacturers in Germany, France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Japan, Taiwan, USA, Canada and Mexico.
Sales in Europe increased last month by 15 per cent to 98,877 units – a new sales record in September. Growth in unit sales was particularly strong for the E-Class Saloon. In Germany, the domestic market, 27,640 units were sold, which is 17.1per cent more automobiles than in the same month of last year. Mercedes-Benz continued to achieve sustained and double-digit growth in September in Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain and Belgium.
Mercedes-Benz increased its sales in Asia-Pacific in September by 15.9 per cent and delivered 72,670 vehicles to its customers, more than ever before in a September. Growth in unit sales was particularly strong in Taiwan, South Korea and Malaysia, with double-digit rates.
In China, strong demand for the vehicles with the three-pointed star in September led to a new high of 46,443 units sold (+20.1 per cent); sales in China from January to September totalled 344,791 units (+29.5 per cent), more than ever before in the first nine months of a year.
Sales by Mercedes-Benz in the NAFTA region reached a high of 34,488 units in September, an increase of 2.9 per cent compared with the prior-year month. A new high was achieved also in the USA, where 29,500 vehicles were handed over to customers (+1.7 per cent). In Mexico, Mercedes-Benz surpassed its previous best-ever September sales achieved in 2015 by almost 50 per cent.
Last month, the smart brand celebrated a sales anniversary: Two million urban microcars have been delivered since it was launched in 1998. A third more of the smart models were sold than in the same month of last year with 13,987 customers taking delivery of smart fortwo or forfour (+36.5 per cent).