Daimler AG Reports a Total of 15,827 Vehicles Sold in the U.S. for February 2010

- Mercedes-Benz USA Records February Sales of 14,870 passenger cars and light truck vehicles - an improvement of 4.7 percent over February 2009

- Mercedes-Benz USA Records 515 Sales of Sprinter Vans

- smart USA Records 442 Sales in February 2010 - a nearly 60 percent improvement over January 2010

Mar 02, 2010, 13:51 ET from Daimler Corporate Communications

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 15,827 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 15,385 vehicles, an 8.4% improvement over February 2009 and a 24 percent increase on a year-to-date basis. 14,870 passenger cars, light trucks and 515 Sprinter vans are included in this total.

A key contributor to the February performance was the sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – leading the pack with sales of 4,245, up 6.4% over February 2009. The new 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 4,043 - up 92.2% over February 2009.  MBUSA's versatile, compact SUV – the GLK – followed in volume with sales of 2,126, up 10.8% compared to February 2009.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 30,543 new vehicles, up 24% when compared to the same time last year.

smart USA recorded 442 sales in February 2010, a nearly 60 percent increase over January 2010. Since its introduction in the United States, there are nearly 40,000 smart fortwos traveling the roads throughout America. The smart fortwo offers the right balance of power, outstanding fuel efficiency, innovative safety features, environmental friendliness and excellent value. There are 77 smart centers located in 36 states.

Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA will be announced in a separate press release issued by Mercedes-Benz USA.

    Mercedes-Benz Cars Division in the U.S. Sales Summary Through January 2010
                             Month Sales        %        Sales CYTD        %
                           Curr Yr   Pr Yr   Change   Curr Yr   Pr Yr   Change
    Mercedes-Benz USA 
     (passenger cars and 
     light truck vehicles)  14,870  14,199     4.7%    29,592  24,632   20.1%
    smart USA                  442   1,415   -68.8%       720   3,191  -77.4%
    Mercedes-Benz Sprinter     515     951         
    Mercedes-Benz USA / 
     smart USA combined     15,827  15,614     1.4%    31,263  27,823   12.4%

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Daimler AG is one of the world's most successful automotive companies. With its divisions Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses and Daimler Financial Services, the Daimler Group is one of the biggest producers of premium cars and the world's biggest manufacturer of commercial vehicles with a global reach. Daimler Financial Services provides its customers with a full range of automotive financial services including financing, leasing, insurance and fleet management.

The company's founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history with the invention of the automobile in the year 1886. As an automotive pioneer, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility. The Group applies innovative and green technologies to produce safe and superior vehicles which fascinate and delight its customers. With the development of alternative drive systems, Daimler is the only vehicle producer investing in hybrid drive, electric motors and fuel-cell systems, with the goal of achieving emission-free mobility in the long term. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities on five continents. Its current brand portfolio includes, in addition to the world's most valuable automotive brand, Mercedes-Benz, the brands smart, Maybach, Freightliner, Western Star, Fuso, Setra, Orion and Thomas Built Buses. The company is listed on the stock exchanges of Frankfurt, New York and Stuttgart (stock exchange symbol DAI). In 2009, the Group sold 1.6 million vehicles and employed a workforce of more than 256,000 people; revenue totaled euro 78.9 billion and EBIT amounted minus euro 1.5 billion.

SOURCE Daimler Corporate Communications