“In June we succeeded in boosting our sales by a double-digit percentage for the eighth time in a row. With growth of 15 percent, we successfully mastered the first half of the year. Compared to last year, our sales were up in every region, the main growth drivers were the E- and S-Class,” Joachim Schmidt, Mercedes Benz Sales and Marketing vice president said in a statement.
“We are also in an excellent position to do well in the months ahead and plan to continue Mercedes-Benz’ success with a significant increase in the third quarter.”
As usual, at least for the past year or so, China was the driving force behind the carmaker's growth, at least from the percentage standpoint. In the Asian country, Mercedes sold 177 percent more vehicles, or 13,700. In terms of units, Western Europe reigns supreme, with 58,100 vehicles leaving the dealerships' grounds there.
As for models, the E- and S-Klasse spearheaded the record sales month, selling 101,700 and 30,500 units, respectively in the first six months of the year. The worst performer in the offering remains the smart, who posted a decrease in sales: down 17 percent.
On all, in the first half of the year, 607,400 new Mercedes vehicles hit the road, 11.6 percent more than in the same period of last year. The release of updated and new models in the months to come is expected to further strengthen the sales figures.