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Marcedes-Benz March 2010

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Mercedes-Benz Reports Another Strong Month With March Sales of 20,023

Sales Up 28.3 % for the Month and 25.7% Year-to-Date

MONTVALE, N.J., April 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported March sales of 20,023 vehicles, up 28.3%, propelling the company to a 25.7% increase for the first quarter.

Healthy demand in both the Mercedes passenger car and light-truck categories fueled the increase in sales volume for the month. In the sedan category, the popular C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger as well as first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – maintained its lead as the volume leader with sales of 6,006. The new 9th generation E-Class continued to exhibit strong momentum with sales of 5,042 (up 154.9%) and the sporty GLK followed suit with sales of 2,333.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 50,566 new vehicles, an increase of 25.7% over last year.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,797 vehicles in March; a 17.9% increase compared to March 2009 sales of 6,614 vehicles. Year-to-date sales for the MBCPO program are 20,179 - a 5.3% increase over 2009 year-to-date sales (19,161 vehicles) during the same timeframe.

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all Mercedes-Benz and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and CL coupes.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.maybachusa.com and www.mbsprinterusa.com.

Accredited journalists can connect with and follow us at:

Media Site: www.media.mbusa.com

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                                  MERCEDES-BENZ USA
                                  Sales - March 2010 
      Mercedes-Benz                                                          
    Passenger Vehicles Mar '10 Mar '09  Monthly % YTD 2010 YTD 2009 Yearly % 
   ------------------- ------- -------  --------- -------- -------- -------- 

   -------               -----   -----      ----    ------   ------     ---- 
   C-CLASS               6,006   5,008      19.9%   14,279   12,030     18.7%
   -------               -----   -----      ----    ------   ------     ---- 

   -------               -----   -----     -----    ------    -----    ----- 
   E-CLASS               5,042   1,978     154.9%   12,909    5,850    120.7%
   -------               -----   -----     -----    ------    -----    ----- 

   -------               -----     ---      ----     -----    -----     ---- 
   S-CLASS               1,242     731      69.9%    2,769    2,232     24.1%
   -------               -----     ---      ----     -----    -----     ---- 

   --------                 --      --      ----       ---      ---    ----- 
   CL-CLASS                 90      68      32.4%      229      400    -42.8%
   --------                 --      --      ----       ---      ---    ----- 

   --------                ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 
   SL-CLASS                245     308     -20.5%      591      903    -34.6%
   --------                ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 

   ---------                 -   -----     -----       ---    -----    ----- 
   CLK-CLASS                 9   1,067     -99.2%      573    2,802    -79.6%
   ---------                 -   -----     -----       ---    -----    ----- 

   ---------               ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 
   SLK-CLASS               235     323     -27.2%      396      777    -49.0%
   ---------               ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 

   ---------               ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 
   CLS-CLASS               188     329     -42.9%      367      990    -62.9%
   ---------               ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 

   -------                 ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 
   R-CLASS                 150     355     -57.7%      445      902    -50.7%
   -------                 ---     ---     -----       ---      ---    ----- 

   -------               -----   -----      ----     -----    -----     ---- 
   M-CLASS               2,154   1,675      28.6%    5,736    4,383     30.9%
   -------               -----   -----      ----     -----    -----     ---- 

   --------                 --      --      ----       ---      ---     ---- 
   G-CLASS                  62      44      40.9%      199      141     41.1%
   --------                 --      --      ----       ---      ---     ---- 

   --------              -----   -----      ----     -----    -----     ---- 
   GL-CLASS              1,881   1,118      68.2%    4,474    3,008     48.7%
   --------              -----   -----      ----     -----    -----     ---- 

   ---------             -----   -----     -----     -----    -----      --- 
   GLK-CLASS             2,333   2,598     -10.2%    6,262    5,816      7.7%
   ---------             -----   -----     -----     -----    -----      --- 

   -----                ------  ------      ----    ------   ------     ---- 
   TOTAL                19,637  15,602      25.9%   49,229   40,234     22.4%
   -----                ------  ------      ----    ------   ------     ---- 

   ---------               ---       -         -     -----        -        - 
   *SPRINTER               386       -         -     1,337        -        - 
   ---------               ---       -         -     -----        -        - 

        ---------      ------- -------  --------  -------- --------  ------- 
         MBUSA                                                              
        Combined                                                            
          Total        Mar '10 Mar '09 Monthly %  YTD 2010 YTD 2009 Yearly % 
        ---------      ------- ------- ---------  -------- -------- -------- 

   -----------          ------  ------      ----    ------   ------     ---- 
   GRAND TOTAL          20,023  15,602      28.3%   50,566   40,234     25.7%
   -----------          ------  ------      ----    ------   ------     ---- 
   *Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter Vans are sold and marketed in the
    U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively. 

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