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Mercedes-Benz Posts August Sales Of 20,557

Total MBUSA Posts Record Month at 23,439 up 13.1%

smart up 85.9%, Sprinter up 15.3% for the Month

PR Newswire

MONTVALE, N.J., Sept. 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported August sales of 20,557 for its Mercedes-Benz models, delivering a record year-to-date total of 168,462 new vehicles to customers, up 13.5%. 

Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter for the month totaled a record of 23,439, up 13.1% bringing the MBUSA year-to-date total to a record 188,351, up 17.9%.

"With an all-time record setting year so far and now with exciting product in the pipeline, including the all-new GL-Class currently on its way to dealers across the country, we plan to build on this momentum through the end of the year," stated Steve Cannon, president and CEO, MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of August were led by the C-, E- and GLK-Class model lines.  The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 6,519, up 37.9%.  The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 4,515 and MBUSA's restyled compact SUV, the GLK-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of t 2,775, up 43.6%.   Additionally, the sporty SLK roadster sold 373 vehicles for the month, up 174.3%.

At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring - posted sales of 604 yielding an increase of 705.3% and the SLS AMG supercar retailed at 51 for the month, up 59.4% over the same period last year. 

On a year-to-date basis, top performers were the C-Class with 49,868, the E-Class with 39,970 and the M-Class with 24,659.

Monthly sales of the high-performance AMG models were 637, up 55.7% versus August 2011 (409) and up 52.1% year to date. 

Sales of the company's BlueTEC diesel models were up 38.9% for the year at 10,717 compared to the 7,717 diesels sold over the same period last year.

The company's smart brand continued ten consecutive months of sales increases with August sales of 753, an 85.9% jump for the month (compared to the 405 vehicles sold in August 2011) bringing the year-to-date volume to 6,281 up 758.1% when compared to the 732 vehicles sold by MBUSA last year.  When compared to the combined Penske and MBUSA sales year-to-date last year (3,288), sales are up 91%.

On the van side, Sprinter sold 2,129 vehicles in August – up 15.3% over last year and up 27.5% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,921 vehicles in August; an increase of 17.3% when compared to August 2011 (sales of 5,901 vehicles).  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 52,859 vehicles, an increase of 2.3% over the comparable period (with sales of 51,651 vehicles).

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States.  MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG supercar.  

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans and smart in the US.  More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com

Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles

Aug 12

Aug-11

Monthly %

YTD 2012

YTD 2011

Yearly %








C-CLASS

6,519

4,728

37.9%

49,868

39,263

27.0%








E-CLASS

4,515

5,628

-19.8%

39,970

42,707

-6.4%








S-CLASS

927

981

-5.5%

7,289

7,430

-1.9%








CL-CLASS

64

110

-41.8%

490

642

-23.7%








SL-CLASS

604

75

705.3%

2,628

1,118

135.1%








SLS AMG

51

32

59.4%

669

429

55.9%








SLK-CLASS

373

136

174.3%

2,872

2,343

22.6%








CLS-CLASS

807

765

5.5%

5,400

2,797

93.1%








R-CLASS

14

30

-53.3%

1,416

1,904

-25.6%








M-CLASS

2,243

2,191

2.4%

24,659

19,158

28.7%








G-CLASS 

143

131

9.2%

668

878

-23.9%








GL-CLASS

1,522

1,730

-12.0%

15,598

14,655

6.4%








GLK-CLASS

2,775

1,933

43.6%

16,935

15,073

12.4%








TOTAL

20,557

18,477

11.3%

168,462

148,409

13.5%








*SPRINTER

2,129

1,846

15.3%

13,608

10,673

27.5%








**smart

753

405

85.9%

6,281

732

758.1%








MBUSA
Combined Total

Aug 2012

Aug-11

Monthly %

YTD 2012

YTD 2011

Yearly %








GRAND TOTAL

23,439

20,728

13.1%

188,351

159,814

17.9%

*Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.                                                                                                   

**Numbers reflects Penske and MBUSA sales YTD; MBUSA took over smart in the US  7/1/2011

SOURCE Mercedes-Benz USA

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