Mercedes-Benz Posts Record September Sales Of 23,156 Total MBUSA Posts Record Month at 25,980 up 8.7%

smart Sets a Record, up 119.6%

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported record September sales of 23,156 for its Mercedes-Benz models, up 7%, delivering a record year-to-date total of 191,618 new vehicles to customers, up 12.7%. 

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Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter for the month totaled a record for MBUSA of 25,980, up 8.7% bringing the year-to-date total to 214,331 up 16.7%.

"We're on our way to a record year with extraordinary momentum and demand outpacing supply," stated Steve Cannon, president and CEO, MBUSA.

Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of September 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 7,872, up 14.7%.  The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 4,826 and MBUSA's restyled compact SUV, the GLK-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 3,206 up 65.8%.   Additionally, the sporty SLK roadster sold 416 vehicles for the month, up 115.5%.

At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring - posted sales of 621 yielding an increase of 826.9% and the SLS AMG supercar retailed at 37 for the month, up 48% over the same period last year. 

On a year-to-date basis, top performers were the C-Class with 57,740, the E-Class with 44,796 and the M-Class with 27,098.

Sales of the high-performance AMG models were up 37.6% for the year at 5,024 compared to the 3,650 vehicles sold over the same time last year. 

Sales of the company's BlueTEC diesel models were up 28.5% for the year at 11,182 compared to the 8,700 diesels sold over the same period last year.

The company's smart brand continued eleven consecutive months of sales increases with its highest month ever since MBUSA took over the brand last year.  September sales of 1,030, a 119.6% jump for the month (compared to the 469 vehicles sold in September 2011) bring the year-to-date volume to 7,311, up 508.7% when compared to the 1,201 vehicles sold by MBUSA last year.  When compared to the combined Penske and MBUSA sales year-to-date last year (3,757), sales are up 95%.

On the van side, Sprinter sold 1,794 vehicles in September, up .8% over last year and up 23.7% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,727 vehicles in September; an increase of 17.9% when compared to September 2011 (sales of 5,707 vehicles).  On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 59,586 vehicles, an increase of 3.9% over the comparable period (with sales of 57,358 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

Sept 12

Sep-11

Monthly %

YTD 2012

YTD 2011

Yearly %








C-CLASS

7,872

6,865

14.7%

57,740

46,128

25.2%








E-CLASS

4,826

5,122

-5.8%

44,796

47,824

-6.3%








S-CLASS

925

1,447

-36.1%

8,214

8,877

-7.5%








CL-CLASS

45

64

-29.7%

535

706

-24.2%








SL-CLASS

621

67

826.9%

3,249

1,185

174.2%








SLS AMG

37

25

48.0%

706

454

55.5%








SLK-CLASS

416

193

115.5%

3,288

2,536

29.7%








CLS-CLASS

709

709

0.0%

6,109

3,506

74.2%








R-CLASS

17

82

-79.3%

1,433

1,986

-27.8%








M-CLASS

2,439

2,477

-1.5%

27,098

21,635

25.3%








G-CLASS 

83

119

-30.3%

751

997

-24.7%








GL-CLASS

1,960

2,541

-22.9%

17,558

17,196

2.1%








GLK-CLASS

3,206

1,934

65.8%

20,141

17,007

18.4%








TOTAL

23,156

21,645

7.0%

191,618

170,037

12.7%








*SPRINTER

1,794

1,779

0.8%

15,402

12,452

23.7%








**smart

1,030

469

119.6%

7,311

1201

508.7%








MBUSA
Combined Total

Sept 2012

Sep-11

Monthly %

YTD 2012

YTD 2011

Yearly %








GRAND TOTAL

25,980

23,893

8.7%

214,331

183,690

16.7%


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

                                                                                                   

**Numbers reflect MBUSA sales as of 7/1/2011; see release for total smart brand sales 

SOURCE Mercedes-Benz USA



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