July brought new records to Mercedes-Benz. The premium car maker sold almost 190,000 cars worldwide last month, achieving a double-digit growth and starting the third quarter with a brand-new sales record.
A total of 188,857 cars were sold in July, a 12.7% growth, mostly thanks to the ongoing model changes in the compact car segment. The S-Class, the E-Class, the C-Class were also running for a spot at the top of the most popular models ranking. Thus Mercedes-Benz defended its premium market leadership in markets such as Germany, United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Denmark, Japan, South Korea and Canada.
There were 73,633 cars delivered across Europe, a 12.3% growth, with 26,331 of them staying at home, in Germany, 18.2% more than in the prior-year month.
July saw a unit sales increase all across the continent, as countries such as France, Russia, Belgium, Switzerland, Portugal and Sweden registering double-digit growths as well.
A record was marked in the Asia-Pacific region as well, where 82,039 vehicles were handed over to their new owners. 59,435 vehicles were delivered in China in July (+13.0%), which means new records for July and for the first seven months of the year (404,092 units, +2.9%).
Mercedes-Benz noted a major growth in the NAFTA region as well: 29,241 cars were sent there, an increase of 17.5% compared with the prior-year month. 24,612 cars were delivered to the United States, reaching a total of 172,008 vehicles for the first seven months of 2019.
The compact cars were the leaders once again. The new B-Class saw a growth of 52.7%. from January to July, more than 368,000 units of the A- and B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA were sold worldwide (+7.3%).
5,800 customers chose an S-Class last month worldwide, with China being the first market for the luxury saloon, while 61,000 chose one of the company’s SUVs.
The smart was the favorite for 69,329 people this year, with sales of the tiniest model increasing in markets including Germany (+8.2%), France (+22.3%), Portugal (+3.4%), Belgium (+6.9%), Switzerland (+14.7%) and Austria (+44.8%). The smart brand will be making its transition to a purely electric drive.
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