Mercedes-Benz USA Continues Record Sales in May 2013

Mercedes-Benz USA has fifth consecutive month of record sales for 2013

by  John Clark  | 

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Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) has again reported a record high sales month.  With sales reaching 27,359 vehicles, MBUSA saw an 8.3 percent increase over May 2012. Mercedes Sales volumes rose 9.8 percent in May (24,713), bringing the year-to-date total for the brand to another record high of 117,535 vehicles sold. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van sales climbed to 7,517, an increase of 5.3 percent year-to-date over last year.  Combined with 3,678 smart sales and MBUSA’s year-to-date sales totals equaled 128,730 units sold.

“We’ve seen five consecutive months of best-ever sales in 2013,” said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. “Strong momentum carries across the entire product line from our entry models straight up to the high end, which is ahead 24 percent for the year. We expect to build on that pace as more of our completely redesigned E-Class models roll into dealer showrooms.”

The highest Mercedes-Benz volume performers for May were the C-Class, E-Class and M-Class model lines. The C-Class—the sporty gateway to the brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers—led sales at 8,013 units, up 20.5% from May 2012. Sales of the E-Class, which receives a complete redesign for 2014 and is now arriving in dealerships, followed at 4,930. MBUSA’s top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 3,219. Strong performers at the high end included the company’s flagship S-Class, up 16.4%, and the award winning GL-Class SUV which increased 41.0% over the same period last year.

The Sprinter model line posted sales of 1,828 for the month, while smart saw a 16.4% boost in sales volume totaling 818 units.

Sales of the company’s BlueTEC diesel models were 1,503 for the month, up 47.5% from the same period last year. On the high-performance side, AMG model sales finished the month of May at 536.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 8,113 vehicles in May; an increase of 24.2% when compared to May 2012 (sales of 6,534 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 41,231 vehicles, an increase of 25.6% over the comparable period (with sales of 32,826 vehicles).

Mercedes-Benz
Passenger Vehicles
May-13 May-12 Monthly % YTD 2013 YTD 2012 Yearly %
C-CLASS 8,013 6,649 20.5% 38,263 31,180 22.7%
E-CLASS 4,930 5,576 -11.6% 23,050 24,777 -7.0%
S-CLASS 1,190 1,022 16.4% 5,370 4,529 18.6%
CL-CLASS 46 56 -17.9% 238 329 -27.7%
SL-CLASS 754 709 6.3% 3,176 1,229 158.4%
SLS AMG 47 83 -43.4% 212 473 -55.2%
SLK-CLASS 408 405 0.7% 1,993 1,963 1.5%
CLS-CLASS 706 743 -5.0% 3,041 3,147 -3.4%
R-CLASS 2 151 -98.7% 22 719 -96.9%
M-CLASS 3,219 3,198 0.7% 15,661 17,735 -11.7%
G-CLASS 242 68 255.9% 1,042 411 153.5%
GL-CLASS 2,428 1,722 41.0% 12,527 9,644 29.9%
GLK-CLASS 2,728 2,133 27.9% 12,940 10,228 26.5%
TOTAL 24,713 22,515 9.8% 117,535 106,364 10.5%
*SPRINTER 1,828 2,041 -10.4% 7,517 7,136 5.3%
**smart 818 703 16.4% 3,678 3,731 -1.4%
MBUSA Combined Total May-13 May-12 Monthly % YTD 2013 YTD 2012 Yearly %
GRAND TOTAL 27,359 25,259 8.3% 128,730 117,231 9.8%

*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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