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  1. Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 21,660 Mercedes-Benz models. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported February sales with 2,729 units and smart reported 58 units, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 24,447 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz recorded sales of 44,167, adding 3,943 units for Vans and 141 vehicles for smart, MBUSA’s year-to-date sales volume totaled 48,251. "On the heels of a very challenging month, we are optimistic that our all-new volume models, the A-Class and GLE, will put us on track for a strong year," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in February included the C-Class, GLC and E-Class model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 4,812, followed by GLC sales of 4,176. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 3,424 units sold. February sales of Mercedes-AMG high-performance models totaled 3,368 units (+36.4%) and 6,250 vehicles sold year-to-date (+27.0%). Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 9,662 vehicles in February, a decrease of 0.9% when compared to the same month last year (9,750). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 19,805 vehicles, an increase of 3.2% from the previous year (19,187).
  2. Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported March sales of 27,004 Mercedes- Benz models. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported March sales of 3,533 units and smart reported 90 units, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 30,627 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, MBUSA recorded sales of 71,171, adding 7,476 units for Vans and 231 vehicles for smart, bringing the year-to-date sales volume to 78,878. "While demand for our SUV lineup and new A-Class remains strong, we're still in the ramp-up phase of our launch," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We expect to further fuel momentum with the upcoming launches of our highly anticipated new models in the months ahead." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in March included the GLC, C-Class and E-Class model lines. The GLC took the lead at 6,282, followed by C-Class sales of 5,514. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 3,712 units sold. March sales of Mercedes-AMG high-performance models totaled 3,435 units (+27.4%) with 9,684 vehicles sold year-to-date (+27.1%). Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 10,560 vehicles in March, an increase of 0.1% when compared to the same month last year (10,554). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 30,365 vehicles, an increase of 2.1% from the previous year (29,741). Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Mar-19 Mar-18 Monthly % YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Yearly % A-CLASS 890 _ _ 890 _ _ B-CLASS 0 33 _ 3 122 _ CLA 1,366 1,949 -29.9% 5,210 5,455 -4.5% C-CLASS 5,514 4,984 10.6% 15,002 13,350 12.4% E-CLASS/CLS 3,712 4,024 -7.8% 10,394 12,435 -16.4% S-CLASS 1,204 1,627 -26.0% 3,151 4,565 -31.0% SLC/SLK 234 224 4.5% 509 586 -13.1% SL 184 227 -18.9% 436 640 -31.9% AMG GT 427 114 274.6% 644 381 69.0% GLA 1,871 2,254 -17.0% 4,721 6,524 -27.6% GLC/GLK 6,282 6,064 3.6% 15,366 16,260 -5.5% GLE/M-CLASS 2,196 4,573 -52.0% 6,535 11,656 -43.9% GL/GLS 2,423 1,974 22.7% 6,017 5,496 9.5% G-CLASS 701 360 94.7% 2,293 1,004 128.4% TOTAL 27,004 28,407 -4.9% 71,171 78,474 -9.3% Vans1 3,533 2,967 19.1% 7,476 8,186 -8.7% smart 90 110 -18.2% 231 321 -28.0% MBUSA Combined Total Mar-19 Mar-18 Monthly % YTD 2019 YTD 2018 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 30,627 31,484 -2.7% 78,878 86,981 -9.3% 1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
  3. Drew Dowdell

    SMART to Live On

    We recently reported that Daimler could possibly kill off the SMART brand after years of losing money. One of our own suggestions was that SMART expand into a regular car brand instead of staying in just the micro-car segment. Well, things change quickly in this industry. Yesterday, Daimler paired with Chinese manufacturer Geely in a 50-50 joint venture to bring the next generation of SMART vehicles to China. Part of that expansion will be a move up into the sub-compact market, a fast-growing market in China. SMART will remain an electric car brand and will be a joint development between the two companies. Though not disclosed at this time, it is possible that SMART will use the platform being jointly developed with BMW for its forthcoming i2 car. The current SMART cars are on a joint-venture platform shared with the Renault Twingo. Renault has not expressed an interest in renewing that partnership with Daimler for the next generation of cars. Currently, the ForTwo is built in Hambach Germany. After 2022, that factory is slated to build Mercedes EQ cars.
  4. We recently reported that Daimler could possibly kill off the SMART brand after years of losing money. One of our own suggestions was that SMART expand into a regular car brand instead of staying in just the micro-car segment. Well, things change quickly in this industry. Yesterday, Daimler paired with Chinese manufacturer Geely in a 50-50 joint venture to bring the next generation of SMART vehicles to China. Part of that expansion will be a move up into the sub-compact market, a fast-growing market in China. SMART will remain an electric car brand and will be a joint development between the two companies. Though not disclosed at this time, it is possible that SMART will use the platform being jointly developed with BMW for its forthcoming i2 car. The current SMART cars are on a joint-venture platform shared with the Renault Twingo. Renault has not expressed an interest in renewing that partnership with Daimler for the next generation of cars. Currently, the ForTwo is built in Hambach Germany. After 2022, that factory is slated to build Mercedes EQ cars. View full article
  5. SMART may be the next brand heading for that great parking lot in the sky. German newspaper Handelsblatt has reported that the brand's fate may be decided by the end of this year. CEO Dieter Zetsche is leaving in May to be succeeded by Olin Kallenius. Mr. Kallenius has no strong love for the brand, established in 1998 and is said to be more than willing to kill the brand if finances warrant it. Since birth, SMART has lost billions of euros for Daimler, though the company does not break out financials by brand. Back in 2017, SMART revamped its lineup into an EV only brand, further denting sales while increasing costs. The current Smart FourTwo and FourFour are a joint effort with automaker Renault who markets the vehicle as the Renault Twingo. Renault is reportedly reluctant to renew that cooperation for the next generation of the car. SMART's sales have fallen to around 128,000 units a year as of 2018. View full article
  6. SMART may be the next brand heading for that great parking lot in the sky. German newspaper Handelsblatt has reported that the brand's fate may be decided by the end of this year. CEO Dieter Zetsche is leaving in May to be succeeded by Olin Kallenius. Mr. Kallenius has no strong love for the brand, established in 1998 and is said to be more than willing to kill the brand if finances warrant it. Since birth, SMART has lost billions of euros for Daimler, though the company does not break out financials by brand. Back in 2017, SMART revamped its lineup into an EV only brand, further denting sales while increasing costs. The current Smart FourTwo and FourFour are a joint effort with automaker Renault who markets the vehicle as the Renault Twingo. Renault is reportedly reluctant to renew that cooperation for the next generation of the car. SMART's sales have fallen to around 128,000 units a year as of 2018.
  7. A new report from Automobile Magazine says that smart is living on borrow time and could disappear by 2026 at the earliest. According to various sources, Renault will be pulling out of partnership when the current Twingo/ForFour ends production. The two models share the same architecture in an effort to save costs. Without a partner, Mercedes-Benz isn't as keen to keep smart around. A key question is whether or not Mercedes-Benz will produce a new model with a three-pointed star to compete against the likes of the Mini Cooper and Audi A1. A decision by the board needs to happen by 2021 when it must sign off the next-generation A-class, Why? That's because the new model will use the same platform as the next-generation A-Class. Automobile says the platform will replace the current MFA2 and allow for a "fully scalable, all-new convergence layout" - thus allowing an even smaller vehicle. But there is a possible twist. Chinese automaker Geely owns a 9.7 percent stake in Daimler, and could become a replacement partner if a business case could be made for an electrified brand. Source: Automobile Magazine
  8. A new report from Automobile Magazine says that smart is living on borrow time and could disappear by 2026 at the earliest. According to various sources, Renault will be pulling out of partnership when the current Twingo/ForFour ends production. The two models share the same architecture in an effort to save costs. Without a partner, Mercedes-Benz isn't as keen to keep smart around. A key question is whether or not Mercedes-Benz will produce a new model with a three-pointed star to compete against the likes of the Mini Cooper and Audi A1. A decision by the board needs to happen by 2021 when it must sign off the next-generation A-class, Why? That's because the new model will use the same platform as the next-generation A-Class. Automobile says the platform will replace the current MFA2 and allow for a "fully scalable, all-new convergence layout" - thus allowing an even smaller vehicle. But there is a possible twist. Chinese automaker Geely owns a 9.7 percent stake in Daimler, and could become a replacement partner if a business case could be made for an electrified brand. Source: Automobile Magazine View full article
  9. Mercedes-Benz USA reports May sales of 26,976 units Jun 1, 2018 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 26,976 units, an increase of 0.3% from the 26,893 vehicles sold during the same time period last year. Mercedes- Benz Vans reported best-ever May sales of 3,101 units (up 1.1%) and smart reported 110 units, bringing MBUSA to a grand total of 30,187 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz recorded sales of 132,657, adding 14,102 units for Vans and 524 vehicles for smart, MBUSA's year-to-date sales volume totaled 147,283. "May sales indicate summer sales are off to a solid start," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "With the arrival of more new models later this year, we're ideally positioned to take advantage of the strengthening market." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in May included the GLC, C-Class and GLE model lines. The GLC took the lead at 6,424, followed by C-Class sales of 5,419. The GLE rounded out the top three with 3,657 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,628 units in May, with a total of 12,954 units sold year-to-date. Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles May-18 May-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % B-CLASS 3 46 -93.5% 132 271 -51.3% CLA 2,257 1,310 72.3% 9,622 6,387 50.6% C-CLASS 5,419 6,996 -22.5% 23,917 35,436 -32.5% E-CLASS/CLS 3,625 4,068 -10.9% 20,005 20,443 -2.1% S-CLASS 1,169 1,275 -8.3% 7,269 6,414 13.3% SLC 263 224 17.4% 1,046 1,415 -26.1% SL 206 235 -12.3% 1,048 1,229 -14.7% AMG GT 201 59 240.7% 760 423 79.7% GLA 1,905 1,025 85.9% 10,440 8,279 26.1% GLC 6,424 3,737 71.9% 28,537 15,998 78.4% GLE 3,657 4,631 -21.0% 19,423 22,005 -11.7% GLS 1,553 2,864 -45.8% 8,843 12,870 -31.3% G-CLASS 294 423 -30.5% 1,615 1,796 -10.1% TOTAL 26,976 26,893 0.3% 132,657 132,966 -0.2% Vans1 3,101 3,066 1.1% 14,102 12,692 11.1% smart 110 331 -66.8% 524 1,757 -70.2% MBUSA Combined Total May-18 May-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 30,187 30,290 -0.3% 147,283 147,415 -0.1% 1. Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
  10. Mercedes-Benz USA reports March sales of 28,407 units Apr 3, 2018 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported March sales of 28,407 units. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported March sales of 2,967 units (up 3.3%) and smart reported 110 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 31,484 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz recorded sales of 78,474, adding 8,186 units for Vans and 321 vehicles for smart. MBUSA's year-to-date sales volume totaled 86,981 compared with 87,635 for the same period in 2017. "While winter storms in our Northeast region certainly impacted our totals, we continue to see strong gains for our GLC, GLA and S-Class model lines," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We expect strong SUV demand, combined with our diverse product line up, to help propel additional growth in the second quarter." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in March included the GLC, C-Class and GLE model lines. The GLC took the lead at 6,064, followed by C-Class sales of 4,984. The GLE rounded out the top three with 4,573 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,696 units in March, with a total of 7,619 units sold year-to-date. Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Mar-18 Mar-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % B-CLASS 33 50 -34.0% 122 159 -23.3% CLA 1,949 1,079 80.6% 5,455 4,010 36.0% C-CLASS 4,984 8,021 -37.9% 13,350 20,619 -35.3% E-CLASS/CLS 4,024 4,690 -14.2% 12,435 12,316 1.0% S-CLASS 1,627 1,434 13.5% 4,565 3,648 25.1% SLC 224 361 -38.0% 586 865 -32.3% SL 227 262 -13.4% 640 724 -11.6% AMG GT 114 103 10.7% 381 277 37.5% GLA 2,254 1,714 31.5% 6,524 5,915 10.3% GLC 6,064 3,126 94.0% 16,260 8,956 81.6% GLE 4,573 4,919 -7.0% 11,656 12,906 -9.7% GLS 1,974 2,938 -32.8% 5,496 7,741 -29.0% G-CLASS 360 395 -8.9% 1,004 1,005 -0.1% TOTAL 28,407 29,092 -2.4% 78,474 79,141 -0.8% Vans1 2,967 2,871 3.3% 8,186 7,433 10.1% smart 110 389 -71.7% 321 1,061 -69.7% MBUSA Combined Total Mar-18 Mar-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 31,484 32,352 -2.7% 86,981 87,635 -0.7% 1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
  11. Mercedes-Benz USA posts best-ever February sales volume with 24,760 units Mar 1, 2018 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported best-ever February sales of 24,760 units, increasing 1.0% from the 24,522 vehicles sold during the same month last year. Mercedes- Benz Vans also reported best-ever February sales with 3,028 units (up 20.5%) and smart reported 106 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 27,894 vehicles for the month, up 1.9% from the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz recorded sales of 50,067, adding 5,219 units for Vans and 211 vehicles for smart, MBUSA's year-to-date sales volume totaled 55,497 (up 0.4%). "We're off to a solid start to what will be another successful year," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "Growing demand for the S-Class and GLC model lines helped us set a new record for February, and we look forward to a strong close to the first quarter." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in February included the GLC, E-Class (including the CLS) and C-Class model lines. The GLC took the lead at 5,403, followed by E-Class sales of 4,312. The C-Class rounded out the top three with 3,947 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,469 units in February, with a total of 4,923 units sold year-to-date. Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Feb-18 Feb-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % B-CLASS 49 56 -12.5% 89 109 -18.3% CLA 1,512 1,526 -0.9% 3,506 2,931 19.6% C-CLASS 3,947 6,145 -35.8% 8,366 12,598 -33.6% E-CLASS/CLS 4,312 3,471 24.2% 8,411 7,626 10.3% S-CLASS 1,369 1,002 36.6% 2,938 2,214 32.7% SLC 195 268 -27.2% 362 504 -28.2% SL 245 230 6.5% 413 462 -10.6% AMG GT 138 93 48.4% 267 174 53.4% GLA 1,860 2,194 -15.2% 4,270 4,201 1.6% GLC 5,403 2,765 95.4% 10,196 5,830 74.9% GLE 3,595 4,017 -10.5% 7,083 7,987 -11.3% GLS 1,840 2,467 -25.4% 3,522 4,803 -26.7% G-CLASS 295 288 2.4% 644 610 5.6% TOTAL 24,760 24,522 1.0% 50,067 50,049 0.0% Vans1 3,028 2,513 20.5% 5,219 4,562 14.4% smart 106 348 -69.5% 211 672 -68.6% MBUSA Combined Total Feb-18 Feb-17 Monthly % YTD 2018 YTD 2017 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 27,894 27,383 1.9% 55,497 55,283 0.4% 1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively. *out of production
  12. Mercedes-Benz USA reports January sales of 25,307 Feb 1, 2018 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported January sales of 25,307 units, compared to 25,527 vehicles sold during the same period last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever January sales with 2,191 units (up 6.9%) and smart reported 105 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 27,603 vehicles for the month. "On the heels of our second year as the leading luxury brand, January highlights included strong results for the S-Class and GLC model lines," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We expect this momentum will continue by virtue of an outstanding product lineup, a dedicated team, a committed dealer network and a laser focus on the customer experience." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in January included the GLC, C-Class and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The GLC took the lead at 4,793, followed by C-Class sales of 4,419. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 4,099 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,454 units in January, compared to 2,596 vehicles sold last January.
  13. Mercedes-Benz USA Closes Out 2017 with Best Sales Month Ever Record December Total of 35,203, Up 10.0% Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported highest monthly sales in its history with a best-ever December total of 35,203 units, an increase of 10.0% from the 32,011 vehicles sold during the same period last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever December sales with 4,047 units (up 4.8%) and smart reported 166 units, bringing MBUSA to a record December with 39,416 vehicles (up 6.4%). On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 337,246 units. “We are proud to build upon the strong momentum we established as the luxury leader,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. “MBUSA’s success stems from our incredible product lineup, the best dealers in the industry and a laser focus on customer experience.” Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in December included the C-Class, GLC and GLE model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 6,500, followed by GLC sales of 6,152. The GLE rounded out the top three with 5,823 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 3,788 units in December, with a total 33,904 sold year-to-date (up 45.8%). Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Dec-17 Dec-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % B-CLASS 111 54 105.6% 744 632 17.7% CLA 2,279 1,876 21.5% 20,669 25,792 -19.9% C-CLASS 6,500 7,345 -11.5% 77,447 77,167 0.4% E-CLASS/CLS 5,385 4,851 11.0% 51,312 50,896 0.8% S-CLASS 2,184 1,494 46.2% 15,888 18,803 -15.5% SLC 260 330 -21.2% 2,860 3,397 -15.8% SL 277 304 -8.9% 2,940 3,722 -21.0% AMG GT 183 99 84.8% 1,608 1,227 31.1% GLA 2,580 2,351 9.7% 24,104 24,545 -1.8% GLC 6,152 4,018 53.1% 48,643 47,872 1.6% GLE 5,823 5,574 4.5% 54,595 51,791 5.4% GLS 2,998 3,262 -8.1% 32,248 30,442 5.9% G-CLASS 471 453 4.0% 4,188 3,950 6.0% TOTAL 35,203 32,011 10.0% 337,246 340,237 -0.9% Vans1 4,047 3,860 4.8% 34,994 34,304 2.0% smart 166 1,186 -86.0% 3,071 6,211 -50.6% MBUSA Combined Total Dec-17 Dec-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 39,416 37,057 6.4% 375,311 380,752 -1.4% 1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
  14. Mercedes-Benz USA Reports November Sales of 30,838, up 1.6% Dec 1, 2017 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported November sales of 30,838 units, an increase of 1.6% from the 30,363 vehicles sold during the same period last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever November sales with 3,274 units (up 27.7%) and smart reported 130 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 34,242 vehicles for the month (up 2.2%). On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 302,043 units. "November was a solid month for Mercedes-Benz, with strong demand for the 2018 model year S-Class, SUV lineup and high-performance AMG GT models," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "Additionally, our dealer partners and entire MBUSA team played a central role in our first place ranking in the 2017 JD Power Sales Satisfaction Index (SSI) for both luxury and overall industry." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in November included the C-Class, GLC and GLE model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 6,001, followed by GLC sales of 5,357. The GLE rounded out the top three with 4,914 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 3,294 units in November, with a total 30,116 sold year-to-date (up 49.6%). Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Nov-17 Nov-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % B-CLASS 31 52 -40.4% 633 578 9.5% CLA 1,884 2,070 -9.0% 18,390 23,916 -23.1% C-CLASS 6,001 7,261 -17.4% 70,947 69,822 1.6% E-CLASS/CLS 4,735 4,642 2.0% 45,927 46,045 -0.3% S-CLASS 1,803 1,475 22.2% 13,704 17,309 -20.8% SLC 220 270 -18.5% 2,600 3,067 -15.2% SL 257 273 -5.9% 2,663 3,418 -22.1% AMG GT 281 89 215.7% 1,425 1,129 26.2% GLA 2,288 2,227 2.7% 21,524 22,194 -3.0% GLC 5,357 3,876 38.2% 42,491 43,854 -3.1% GLE 4,914 4,694 4.7% 48,772 46,217 5.5% GLS 2,869 3,108 -7.7% 29,250 27,180 7.6% G-CLASS 198 326 -39.3% 3,717 3,497 6.3% TOTAL 30,838 30,363 1.6% 302,043 308,226 -2.0% Vans1 3,274 2,564 27.7% 30,947 30,444 1.7% smart 130 563 -76.9% 2,905 5,025 -42.2% MBUSA Combined Total Nov-17 Nov-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 34,242 33,490 2.2% 335,895 343,695 -2.3% 1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.
  15. Mercedes-Benz USA Reports October Sales of 28,995, Up 1.0% Nov 1, 2017 – ATLANTA Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported October sales of 28,955 units, an increase of 1.0% from the 28,659 vehicles sold during the same period last year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported October sales with 2,446 units and smart reported 140 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 31,541 vehicles for the month. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 271,205 units. "We are on track for a solid close to 2017 as we continue into the fourth quarter," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "Momentum is growing with our newly launched S-Class Sedan, AMG models and the strong demand for our SUV lineup." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in October included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 5,996, followed by GLE sales of 4,817. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 4,681 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 3,256 units in October, with a total 26,822 sold year-to-date (up 52.9%).
  16. Mercedes- Benz USA reports August sales of 25,373 Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported August sales of 25,373 units, compared to 28,404 vehicles sold during the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 213,242 units, down 2.9% from the previous year. Mercedes-Benz Vans reported best-ever August sales with 3,581 units and smart reported 229 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 29,183 vehicles for the month. “It became apparent during the previous months, that the highly volatile U.S. automotive market is affecting the sales figures of Mercedes-Benz. Nevertheless, we see an ongoing demand for our SUV lineup. The limited availability of several models impacted our monthly totals in August,” said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. “Presently, our thoughts and concerns lie with our dealer partners, employees and their families in Texas, who are experiencing many challenges at the moment.” Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in August included the C-Class, GLC and GLE model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 5,304, followed by GLC sales of 4,498. The GLE rounded out the top three with 3,750 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 1,993 units in August, with a total 21,121 sold year-to-date (up 49.5%).
  17. Earlier this year, Smart announced that it would be ending sales of the gas models and switch over to selling electric only models. This announcement has many Smart dealers running for the exit. According to Automotive News, dealers had until the end June to make a decision whether to keep selling Smarts or move to a service-only operation. Out of the 85 dealers in the U.S., 58 (about two-thirds) would move to the service-only operation. Smart spokeswoman Donna Boland said these numbers are preliminary. Dealers that opt out of selling Smart will transition to service once they sell out of inventory. The 'vast majority' are expected to transition by the end of this year. The remaining 27 dealers are in areas with zero-emission vehicle mandates that will give the brand "the highest market penetration potential," Boland said. Such areas include San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. As Automotive News points out, Smart's 27 dealers will make it one of the smallest dealership networks in the U.S. The likes of Lamborghini and Lotus have larger dealer networks at 31 and 41 respectively. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  18. Earlier this year, Smart announced that it would be ending sales of the gas models and switch over to selling electric only models. This announcement has many Smart dealers running for the exit. According to Automotive News, dealers had until the end June to make a decision whether to keep selling Smarts or move to a service-only operation. Out of the 85 dealers in the U.S., 58 (about two-thirds) would move to the service-only operation. Smart spokeswoman Donna Boland said these numbers are preliminary. Dealers that opt out of selling Smart will transition to service once they sell out of inventory. The 'vast majority' are expected to transition by the end of this year. The remaining 27 dealers are in areas with zero-emission vehicle mandates that will give the brand "the highest market penetration potential," Boland said. Such areas include San Francisco, New York, and Los Angeles. As Automotive News points out, Smart's 27 dealers will make it one of the smallest dealership networks in the U.S. The likes of Lamborghini and Lotus have larger dealer networks at 31 and 41 respectively. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  19. Mercedes-Benz USA Reports Best-Ever June Sales Of 28,994 Jul 3, 2017 – ATLANTA Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported best-ever June sales of 28,994 units, an increase of 1.8%, closing out the second-quarter at 161,960 year-to-date. Mercedes-Benz Vans also reported best-ever June sales with 3,108 units and smart reported 226 units, bringing the MBUSA grand total to 32,328 vehicles for the month, up 1.1% from last year. "June was a great month for both passenger cars and Vans," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We are in a good position for a strong second half of the year, particularly with exciting products that will fill the pipeline like the E-Class Coupe, E-Class Cabriolet, S-Class Sedan and new AMG models." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in June included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 7,116, followed by GLE sales of 4,824. The E- Class rounded out the top three with 4,316 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,711 units in June, with a total 17,030 sold year-to-date (up 55.6%). Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 8,954 vehicles in June, a decrease of 7.2% when compared to the same month last year (9,646). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 60,193 vehicles, a decrease of 0.3% over 2016 (60,346).
  20. Mercedes-Benz USA Reports April Sales of 26,932 May 2, 2017 – ATLANTA Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported April sales volume at 26,932 units, decreasing 7.9% from the 29,236 vehicles sold during the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 106,073 units, increasing 1.0% from the previous year, which was a record for MBUSA. Adding 2,193 units for Vans and 365 units for smart, MBUSA achieved a grand total of 29,490 vehicles for the month, down 8.7% from last year, and up 0.5% year-to-date (117,125). "While we're outpacing last year, we saw some challenges in April due to limits on availability of some of our most popular model lines (GLC, CLA and GLA) during model changeover," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "That said, we are looking for another record year." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in April included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 7,821, followed by the GLE sales of 4,468. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 4,059 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 3,130 units in April, with a total of 11,469 units sold year-to-date (up 48.3%). Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 9,874 vehicles in April, a decrease of -1.8% when compared to the same month last year (10,054). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 40,352 vehicles, and increase of 2.5% over 2016 (39,357).
  21. Mercedes-Benz closes out record First Quarter with 79,141 units, up 4.5% Apr 3, 2017 – ATLANTA: Mercedes-Benz today reported record first quarter year-to-date volume at 79,141 units, up 4.5% from 2016. March sales of 29,092 increased 3.3% from the same month last year. Adding 2,871 units for Vans and 389 units for smart, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) achieved a grand total of 32,352 vehicles for the month, up 2.0% from a year ago. Year-to-date, MBUSA also achieved a record close of 87,635 units, up 3.9%. "We're pleased about our record-breaking first quarter for Mercedes-Benz in 2017," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We look forward to strong momentum with a number of AMG product launches in the coming summer months as we celebrate AMG's 50th anniversary." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in March included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 8,021, followed by the GLE sales of 4,919. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 4,690 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 3,195 units in March, with a total of 8,339 units sold year-to-date (up 44.6%). Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Mar-17 Mar-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % B-CLASS 50 66 -24.2% 159 161 -1.2% CLA 1,079 2,242 -51.9% 4,010 6,884 -41.7% C-CLASS 8,021 6,658 20.5% 20,619 17,839 15.6% E-CLASS/CLS 4,690 4,095 14.5% 12,316 9,585 28.5% S-CLASS 1,434 1,332 7.7% 3,648 4,167 -12.5% SLC 361 314 15.0% 865 850 1.8% SL 262 304 -13.8% 724 887 -18.4% AMG GT 103 140 -26.4% 277 361 -23.3% GLA 1,714 2,205 -22.3% 5,915 6,843 -13.6% GLC 3,126 4,871 -35.8% 8,956 10,998 -18.6% GLE 4,919 4,730 4.0% 12,906 12,341 4.6% GLS 2,938 858 242.4% 7,741 3,880 99.5% G-CLASS 395 349 13.2% 1,005 973 3.3% TOTAL 29,092 28,164 3.3% 79,141 75,769 4.5% Vans1 2,871 3,072 -6.5% 7,433 7,240 2.7% smart 389 479 -18.8% 1,061 1,300 -18.4% MBUSA Combined Total Mar-17 Mar-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 32,352 31,715 2.0% 87,635 84,309 3.9% 1 Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively. # # #
  22. Mercedes-Benz Posts Best-Ever February Sales Volume With 24,522 Units ATLANTA, March 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz today reported the highest February sales in its history with 24,522 units up 6.9% from the 22,941 vehicles sold in February 2016. Adding 2,513 units for Vans and 348 units for smart, Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) achieved its highest February to date with a grand total of 27,383 vehicles, up 6.8% from a year ago. "We're off to a solid start to the year, and expect steady growth as we approach the close of the first quarter," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "Strong demand for our SUV lineup continues, and we look forward to the launch of more new models throughout the year." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in January included the C-Class, GLE and E-Class (including the CLS) model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 6,145, followed by the GLE sales of 4,017. The E-Class rounded out the top three with 3,471 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,548 units in February, with a total of 5,144 units sold year-to-date (up 31.6%). MERCEDES-BENZ USA Sales -- February 2017 Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Feb-17 Feb-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % B-CLASS 56 37 51.4% 109 95 14.7% CLA 1,526 1,474 3.5% 2,931 4,642 -36.9% C-CLASS 6,145 6,102 0.7% 12,598 11,181 12.7% E-CLASS/CLS 3,471 2,700 28.6% 7,626 5,490 38.9% S-CLASS 1,002 1,558 -35.7% 2,214 2,835 -21.9% SLC 268 270 -0.7% 504 536 -6.0% SL 230 369 -37.7% 462 583 -20.8% AMG GT 93 95 -2.1% 174 220 -20.9% *SLS AMG - 1 - - 1 - GLA 2,194 1,597 37.4% 4,201 4,638 -9.4% GLC 2,765 3,278 -15.6% 5,830 6,127 -4.8% GLE 4,017 3,948 1.7% 7,987 7,611 4.9% GLS 2,467 1,226 101.2% 4,803 3,022 58.9% G-CLASS 288 286 0.7% 610 624 -2.2% TOTAL 24,522 22,941 6.9% 50,049 47,605 5.1% Vans1 2,513 2,269 10.8% 4,562 4,168 9.5% smart 348 422 -17.5% 672 821 -18.1% MBUSA Combined Total Feb-17 Feb-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 27,383 25,632 6.8% 55,283 52,594 5.1% 1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively. *out of production
  23. Smart already finds itself in a small niche by selling small city cars in North America, but a new letter reveals that the brand will be entering an even smaller one. Automotive News obtained a letter from Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA which says the brand will cease sales of gas-powered models by the end of this year, becoming an electric-only brand. “Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio. Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada,” Exler said in the letter. Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran tells Automotive News the plan at the moment is to stop production of the gas model for North American in April and continue sales until all of the models are gone. Smart has never done well in the U.S. Their best year was in 2014 with 10,453 models sold. Since then, sales have been steadily declining thanks to low gas prices and consumers going towards crossovers. In 2016, Smart only sold 6,211 models. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)
  24. Smart already finds itself in a small niche by selling small city cars in North America, but a new letter reveals that the brand will be entering an even smaller one. Automotive News obtained a letter from Dietmar Exler, CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA which says the brand will cease sales of gas-powered models by the end of this year, becoming an electric-only brand. “Developments within the micro-car segment present some challenges for the current Smart product portfolio. Therefore, with the launch of the fourth-generation Smart ForTwo electric drive this summer, the Smart lineup will consist exclusively of the zero-emissions Smart electric-drive coupe and cabrio in the U.S. and Canada,” Exler said in the letter. Mercedes-Benz spokesman Rob Moran tells Automotive News the plan at the moment is to stop production of the gas model for North American in April and continue sales until all of the models are gone. Smart has never done well in the U.S. Their best year was in 2014 with 10,453 models sold. Since then, sales have been steadily declining thanks to low gas prices and consumers going towards crossovers. In 2016, Smart only sold 6,211 models. Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required) View full article
  25. Mercedes-Benz USA Delivers Record January Sales Volume With 27,900 Units ATLANTA, Feb. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported record January sales of 25,527, topping last January's record volume of 24,664 units sold. Adding 2,049 units for Vans and 324 units for smart, MBUSA achieved its highest January to date with a grand total of 27,900 vehicles, up 3.5% from a year ago. "This is the strong start we look for following a record year," said Dietmar Exler, president and CEO of MBUSA. "We will continue this momentum in 2017, as our product offensive continues with our flagship the new S-Class Sedan and new product offerings rounding out several model lines." Mercedes-Benz volume leaders in January included the C-Class, E-Class (including the CLS) and GLE model lines. The C-Class took the lead at 6,453, followed by the E-Class sales of 4,155. The GLE rounded out the top three with 3,970 units sold. Mercedes-AMG high-performance models sold 2,596 units in January, up 36.3% from last year (1,904). Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded sales of 10,496 vehicles in January, an increase of 5.7% when compared to the same month last year (9,934). MERCEDES-BENZ USA Sales -- January 2017 Mercedes-Benz Passenger Vehicles Jan-17 Jan-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % B-CLASS 53 58 -8.6% 53 58 -8.6% CLA 1,405 3,168 -55.7% 1,405 3,168 -55.7% C-CLASS 6,453 5,079 27.1% 6,453 5,079 27.1% E-CLASS/CLS 4,155 2,790 48.9% 4,155 2,790 48.9% S-CLASS 1,212 1,277 -5.1% 1,212 1,277 -5.1% SLC 236 266 -11.3% 236 266 -11.3% SL 232 214 8.4% 232 214 8.4% AMG GT 81 125 -35.2% 81 125 -35.2% GLA 2,007 3,041 -34.0% 2,007 3,041 -34.0% GLC 3,065 2,849 7.6% 3,065 2,849 7.6% GLE 3,970 3,663 8.4% 3,970 3,663 8.4% GLS 2,336 1,796 30.1% 2,336 1,796 30.1% G-CLASS 322 338 -4.7% 322 338 -4.7% TOTAL 25,527 24,664 3.5% 25,527 24,664 3.5% Vans1 2,049 1,899 7.9% 2,049 1,899 7.9% smart 324 399 -18.8% 324 399 -18.8% MBUSA Combined Total Jan-17 Jan-16 Monthly % YTD 2017 YTD 2016 Yearly % GRAND TOTAL 27,900 26,962 3.5% 27,900 26,962 3.5% 1Mercedes-Benz, Freightliner Sprinter and Metris Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.

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