New Year starts well: 18,3% growth and a new sales record for Mercedes

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Mercedes-Benz starts the new year with more than 18% growth and a new sales record. Last month, 178,467 vehicles with the three-pointed star were delivered to customers, more than ever before in a January.

In January, Mercedes-Benz increased its unit sales in Europe by 12.3% to a new high of 61,670 vehicles delivered to customers. In Germany, the biggest European market, sales of 18,017 units in the first month of the year were 14.2% higher than in the prior-year month. Mercedes-Benz achieved double-digit growth rates also in Great Britain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal, Sweden and Poland last month.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Mercedes-Benz continued its strong growth with the best-ever number of 82,583 vehicles sold this January – an increase of 30.2%. In China, thanks to an increase of 39.3%, for the first time in one month more than 50,000 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were sold. The number of 58,799 cars delivered to customers was actually 12,000 units more than the previous best month. The bestselling models in China were the GLC as well as the long-wheelbase versions of the C- and E-Class Saloon. In South Korea, Mercedes-Benz increased its unit sales by 47% and set a new record for a January.

Mercedes-Benz started the year in the NAFTA region with a 6.4% increase in unit sales to a new best-ever figure. Last month, 30,001 automobiles were delivered to customers in the USA, Canada and Mexico. In all three countries, the Stuttgart-based company with the three-pointed star sold more cars than ever before in a January. A total of 25,527 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were delivered to customers in the USA – an increase of 3.5%.

The first year of full availability for the new E-Class started with a new sales record: 29,963 Saloons and Estates were handed over to customers worldwide in January, representing an increase of nearly 75% compared with the prior-year month.

The SUVs continue to contribute to the growth of Mercedes-Benz. Strong demand in January resulted in sales of 65,004, a new sales record for the first month of the year (+20.5%). This year, there should be additional sales impetus from the new GLA, which had its world premiere at the beginning of the year in the USA, one of its biggest markets.

The dream cars from Mercedes-Benz started the year 2017 with strong growth in unit sales. In January, sales increased by 51.3% with 10,894 Roadsters, Cabriolets and Coupés handed over to customers worldwide. This year, the dream-car family will be joined by the new E-Class Cabriolet. And the new E-Class Coupé has been rolling off the assembly line in Bremen since January; it will be in the showrooms as of March.

This January, 9,649 cars of the smart brand were delivered worldwide, an increase of 3.5% compared with the prior-year month. The urban microcar is very popular in the Chinese market and achieved a new sales record there last month.

Overview of sales by Mercedes-Benz Cars

  January 2017 Change in % Per January 2017 Change in %
Mercedes-Benz 178,467 +18.3 178,467 +18.3
smart 9,649 +3.5 9,649 +3.5
Mercedes-Benz Cars 188,116 +17.5 188,116 +17.5
Mercedes-Benz unit sales in the region/market        
Europe 61,670 +12.3 61,670 +12.3
– thereof Germany 18,017 +14.2 18,017 +14.2
Asia-Pacific 82,583 +30.2 82,583 +30.2
– thereof China 58,799 +39.3 58,799 +39.3
NAFTA 30,001 +6.4 30,001 +6.4
– thereof USA 25,527 +3.5 25,527 +3.5