Mercedes-Benz said it delivered 1,512,268 vehicles to customers worldwide in the first eight months of this year, thus setting a new record of 1.1 per cent.
Never before in the company’s history were such sales made earlier in the year.
Mercedes-Benz sold 155,918 (-8.5 per cent) vehicles worldwide in August, the 30th consecutive month with global sales of more than 150,000 units due to the ongoing strong demand for cars with the three-pointed star.
As expected, there was an impact on unit sales in August from challenges relating to vehicle availability, including model changes and delays in vehicle certification in some markets. Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz defended in the first eight months of the year its position as the best-selling premium brand worldwide.
“I am delighted that Mercedes-Benz reached the mark of 1.5 million cars delivered earlier than ever in the year. As a strong team, we will continue to work on meeting the ongoing high demand for our vehicles, also again in terms of delivery. And with the EQC model, we have presented the first fully-electric Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) of our EQ product and technology brand to the world public in Stockholm. We will set additional markers and impulses in the market with the EQC,”Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales, said.
In Europe, Mercedes-Benz sold 54,989 vehicles in August (-10.7 per cent). In the first eight months of the year, sales totalled 597,347 units (-3.9 per cent). In Germany, the domestic market, Mercedes-Benz delivered 21,442 vehicles with the three-pointed star in August (-14.8 per cent) and a total of 195,163 cars were handed over to customers in Germany in the first eight months of this year (-4.2 per cent). In France, Spain, Sweden, Poland and Denmark, more cars with the star were sold in the first eight months than ever before in that period.
In the Asia-Pacific region, demand for Mercedes-Benz models in the first eight months of the year led to a new record of 639,184 units sold (+9.8 per cent). Last month, the brand with the star delivered 72,342 vehicles in that region, which is just slightly below the prior-year level (-1.3 per cent). In China, the biggest market, a new high for an August was achieved with sales of 53,295 cars (+5.5 per cent). So far this year, 446,075 vehicles have been handed over to customers – more than ever before in the first eight months of a year (+13.9 per cent). Mercedes-Benz achieved additional sales records for the first eight months also in Japan, India, Thailand and Malaysia.
The E-Class Saloon and Estate set a new record with sales of 25,367 units last month (+0.4 per cent). Since the market launch of the current models, more than 700,000 customers worldwide have been delighted to receive their new E-Class Saloon or Estate.
Mercedes-Benz increased its sales of the S-Class Saloon in August by 30.3 per cent to 5,254 units. From January to August, more than 53,000 units of the S-Class Saloon were sold (+26.6 per cent).