Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported May sales of 20,306 vehicles, a 5.9% improvement over May 2010, and the best May on record since May 2008. On a year-to-date basis, the 95,458 vehicles sold represent an 8.5% increase.
The highest volume performers for the month were the E- and C-Class
model lines. The 9th generation E-Class led the pack with sales of
5,751, up 5% over May 2010. The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the
Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers –
continued its strong momentum with sales of 4,936. MBUSA’s compact SUV,
the GLK-Class, finished third in volume with monthly sales of 2,214, up
22.1% over last year.
Additionally, sales of the versatile R-Class crossover were up 237% over May 2010.
Sales of Mercedes-Benz diesel models were up 108.5% for the month (1,147
versus 550) and up 115.8% for the year (4,722 versus 2,188).
At the high end, the company sold 21 of its supercar — the SLS AMG — bringing its year-to-date sales to 330.
Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 126.1% for the month, with
sales of 1,420 — bringing a year-to-date total of 5,184 (up 102.1 %).
Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO)
program, MBUSA sold 6,818 vehicles in May 2011, a decrease of 2.1%. On a
year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 33,450 vehicles, a decrease of 4.1% over
the comparable period last year.