Mercedes-Benz hits August high  

Sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles rose by 11.8% in August with a strong rise in SUVs driving the increase.

The brand sold more than 156,000 units, with the sales of SUVs rising approximately 40%.

Meanwhile, in the period of January to August, deliveries increased by 11.7% to 1,326,635 units – more than ever before in the first eight months of a year.

Ola Källenius, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales, said, ‘Mercedes-Benz has already delivered more than four million SUVs to customers worldwide. Their popularity is rising year on year. Thanks to their double-digit growth rate, the SUVs once again contributed significantly to the best-ever unit sales by Mercedes-Benz this August.’

Sales in Europe, the biggest region for Mercedes-Benz, increased to a new high of 56,809 units in August, an increase of 12.9%. Germany, Great Britain, Italy, France, Spain and Belgium all registered double-digit growth rates. Sales in the Asia-Pacific region reached the new high of 61,605 units in August, up 20.1%, while sales in China grew by 25.4% to 41,072 vehicles.

The E-Class Saloon and Estate led the drive, with approximately 17,000 of these models handed over to customers, while the S-Class Saloon maintained its position as the world’s best-selling luxury saloon this year. Sales of the brand’s SUVs reached a new high of 56,286 units in August (+39.3%), while sales of the Smart Fortwo and Forfour increased by 20.8% to 7,631 units in August.