Even though new-car sales continue to rebound, that pace seemed to slow a bit in the US for September, but Mercedes-Benz had plenty to brag about. Last month, the automaker sold 142,994 vehicles around the world marking the best sales month ever in its 87-year history – thanks in large part to the redesigned E-Class lineup and new compacts like the A-Class and CLA-Class.

Europe remains the biggest market for Mercedes, accounting a half (71,085) of its global sales last month, but sales in Asia, not surprisingly, are coming on strong. In the whole of that region, Mercedes sold 39,013 units, with China being the top market sales in the region with 20,375 units (up 21.2 percent). Interestingly, Japan is the fastest-growing Mercedes market up 31.4 percent in September and 28.8 percent year-to-date. In the US, Mercedes moved 24,697 last month, an increase of almost 7 percent over 2012.
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September the best ever month for sales in Mercedes-Benz' history
Stuttgart, Oct 04, 2013

This September Mercedes-Benz sold more vehicles than in any other previous month. A total of 142,994 new cars were supplied to customers around the world, equivalent to growth of 15.9%. 1,062,638 units have now been sold since the beginning of 2013 (+10.1%). In the third quarter of the year Mercedes-Benz sold 368,201 vehicles and recorded growth of 18.0%. The third quarter was particularly successful for the company in the United States and China. Mercedes-Benz also expanded its market shares in Europe and remains most-registered premium brand in Germany, Japan and the United States. Much of this growth can be attributed to the compact models and the new E-Class, which was launched to great success. The new S-Class is already leading the way of new vehicle registrations in Germany. With its launch in the Chinese market in September its global presence and position will be further strengthened.

"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."

In September Mercedes-Benz delivered 71,085 vehicles to customers in Europe (+14.2%), weathering tough market conditions to record an exceptionally successful third quarter (+14.0% on September 2012). The company achieved particularly strong growth for the month in the UK (+28.0%), in Turkey (+31.5%) and in Russia (+20.1%).

In the domestic market Mercedes-Benz had a market share of over 9 percent: It has now been the market leader for the premium segment in Germany in every month of the year so far.

In China the third quarter was particularly successful for Mercedes-Benz: With 56,992 vehicles delivered (incl. Hong Kong), the automobile manufacturer recorded growth of 26.3%, meaning that one in six new Mercedes-Benz vehicles was sold to a customer in China. Sales were also very strong in Japan, where the company handed over 14,558 vehicles to customers in the period from July to September (+32.8%). Mercedes-Benz is once again the most-registered premium brand in Japan.

In the United States Mercedes-Benz reported another set of record sales in September, delivering 24,697 vehicles (+6.7%) and was again premium manufacturer number one. From January to September the company sold 215,056 units (+12.2%), also a new record, in its biggest sales market. Mercedes-Benz' sales have grown by 47.5% since the beginning of the year in the Latin American markets. And in the important future market of Brazil, Daimler will soon be represented by a local manufacturing facility. From 2016 the new assembly plant in Iracemápolis near São Paulo will be producing the next generations of the C-Class and GLA for the local market.

The new compacts by Mercedes-Benz have been a sales revelation over the past nine months: Worldwide, 267,467 customers bought an A-Class, B-Class or CLA-Class model (+68.3%). The design of the CLA is proving particularly popular: Only this September Mercedes-Benz' compact coupe was named best new compact in the 2013 'Autonis' design awards, voted for by readers of magazine 'auto, motor und sport'. Also in September Mercedes-Benz presented its fourth compact car model: The GLA looks set to conquer the key segment of compact SUVs and win new customers for the brand when it launches in spring 2014.

A strong sales increase in September demonstrates how well the new E-Class models are faring in the markets: In the E-Class segment Mercedes-Benz posted record sales of 34,340 vehicles (+26.3%). Since the beginning of September the new E-Class has also been available in China, where it will provide further growth momentum in the company's second biggest market after the United States.

Mercedes-Benz' SUVs are already an established source of success for the company, and since the beginning of the year 236,129 SUVs bearing the three-pointed star have been sold – a record-breaking figure that represents an increase of 17.3%. Three of the company's five SUV model series are made at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Tuscaloosa (USA). The decision to produce these vehicles in Alabama was made exactly 20 years ago. The M-Class was the first vehicle to roll off the production line at the site, and is now the highest selling vehicle worldwide in its class. Since the beginning of the year, 89,342 vehicles of the M-Class were delivered to customers worldwide (+10.5%).

Since the beginning of the year 73,782 people around the world have bought a smart fortwo (previous year: 78,984 units). The compact two-seater is enjoying growing popularity in China: A total of 1,640 smart fortwo were sold in the country in September alone (+22.5%).

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      The CLA class will be a huge hit! I live .5 miles from a MB dealership here on LI, NY and I see lots of people test driving the new CLAs...in fact this morning I saw a crowd of people outside the Benz dealership waiting around the few CLAs on the lot. I can't remember the last time I saw a crowd at a auto dealership and especially in this economy...
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      While the CLA is not for me (there are several deal breakers for me) I imagine this thing will sell very well. I wish BMW would give us a 1 series sedan to compete with this and the A3 sedan. Heck, with the X4, X6, 5 series GT, 6 series Gran Coupe and and upcoming 4 series Gran Coupe, there\'s no reason why a 1 series sedan can\'t be justified.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes deserves it, their new cars are awesome. Just wish we got the a45.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Selling undersized, high-margin crap to wannabes never fails to goose short-term sales, I suppose.
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        I saw one up close...the cars are much bigger in person inside and out...they will give cars priced in the $30-$40K range a run for their money...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Snark Get help! That inferiority complex of yours can be dangerous in the long term...
      • 1 Year Ago
      well yes the rich are just getting richer.
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      87 year history?
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      Wow the economy must be recovering if people are out buying Mercedes! Idk how they are doing that well, I don't like the new Benz design at all. I was never a Bimmer guy but would buy a BMW over a new Benz any day.
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        I feel the opposite. BMW has moved away from the formula that made them produce such great driver's cars. Mercedes on the other hand has always made luxury it's main goal along with durability. I think they've done a better job of producing vehicles that represent their companies identity.
          El Angel
          • 1 Year Ago
          Most Mercedes between 1990-2006 are cheap looking.
      D E S I G N
      • 1 Year Ago
      why do these manufacturers insist on creating ugly faces?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mercedes celebrated its 125th anniversary last year...
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      People really do like the bug eyed sci-fi look of the new Benz.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Thank you Ben Bernanke
      • 1 Year Ago
      Founded in 1886 is 87th Anniverasary?
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