Daimler cited the higher demand in China and sales of its compact car line as the factors that allowed Mercedes-Benz to record its best-ever sales month in September. Last month, its global sales volume increased by 16% to 142,994 units. From January to September 2013, deliveries grew by 10% to 1.06 million.
Joachim Schmidt, head of sales at Mercedes-Benz Cars, said that September sales of Mercedes broke records for sales in a single month. He also expressed confidence that the brand will set another sales record for 2013. For the first nine months, Mercedes posted a 68% increase in sales of the A class, B class and CLA compact models. Mercedes aims to launch another model in the range, the GLA compact SUV, in 2014.
In China, Mercedes’ sales rose by 21% to 20,375 units. Mercedes ranks No.3 in the Chinese market dominated by BMW and Audi. In the U.S. (the single biggest market of Mercedes), its deliveries increased by 7% to 24,679 units. In Europe, sales grew 14% to 71,085 units. In Germany (Mercedes’ second largest market), deliveries rose by 2% to 22,897.
The September sales of Mercedes-Benz Cars (which include the Smart brand) increased by 14% to 151,520. From the start of the year until September, the two brands were able to sell 9% more vehicles to 1.13 million units. Last month, the demand for Smart cars fell by 8% to 8,526. The lineup will be getting a new four-seat model next year.
“Never before has Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles in a single month than this September. The new S-Class is already the distinct market leader in Germany and Europe. Our compacts and the new E-Class are also proving hugely popular with customers,” said Dr Joachim Schmidt, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. “Looking at the previous nine months, we can safely say that Mercedes-Benz will post another sales record for 2013.”