Mercedes-Benz Vans has registered the best results in history with around 401,000 vehicles sold in 2017, an increase by around 12%.
Mercedes-Benz Vans followed the huge success of the passenger division and registered an all-time record sales in 2017. Around 401,000 vehicles were sold in 2017, an increase of 12% compared with 2016.
All models post best-ever unit sales including the Sprinter in its last full year before the model change.
The sales has increased in all regions in 2017 and new records were set everywhere.
In the EU30 region, sales has reached 273,300 vehicles which represent an increase of 9% compared with 2016 (249,900 in 2016). In Germany, the main european market, the sales were increased with 10% from 96,100 units in 2016 to 105,800 units in 2017.
In the NAFTA region, there was also growth to around 44,800 units (2016: 43,400 units, +3%) with the new record of around 34,200 vehicles sold in the United States (2016: 33,700,+1%).
The sales has registered a positive trend in Latin America with 16,400 units sold compared with 12,500 in 2016 (+31%).
In 2017, Vito and V-Class were for the first time fully available in the world’s biggest market, China, which helps to a significantly increase by around 75% to around 23,800 vehicles (2016: 13,600).
The strongest sales increase were registered by the Mercedes Vito van and the V-Class. Sales of the Vito increased significantly by around 21% to about 111,800 units in 2017 setting a new record for the full year (2016: 92,100 units). The V-Class sales increased by 22% to around 59,300 units (2016: 48,700 units).
But the bestseller was the Sprinter with 200,500 units sold (2016: 193,400, +4%) despite Sprinter is in the last full year of the model cycle.
Also the units sales of the compact van Mercedes Citan increased to a new record of around 26,100 units in 2017 (2016: 24,900 units), representing growth of around 5%.
The new models will increase the Mercedes-Benz Vans division sales. The new Mercedes X-Class, the first premium pick-up, was launched in November 2017 and 3,300 units were already sold in Europe. It will be available in South Africa and Australia in 2018 when will be launched also the top version X 350 d with Mercedes V6 engine and Mercedes permanent 4 wheel drive.
In 2019, X-Class will be available in Argentina and Brazil.
In November 2017, Mercedes-Benz Vans announced that will offer electric drive for all van models. The first model will be eVito which will start in the second half of 2018. With an installed battery capacity of 41 kWh, the new eVito will have a range of around 150 km. eSprinter and eCitan will follow in 2019.