Daimler AG reports healthy US sales figures

Daimler AG has announced US sales of 20,798 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, up 4.7 per cent compared to May 2010.

Mercedes-Benz USA recorded May sales of 20,306 vehicles, a 5.9 per cent improvement over May last year.

This is, the manufacturer said, the best May on record since 2008. And on a year-to-date basis, the 95,458 vehicles sold represent an 8.5 per cent rise.

Mercedes-Benz explained: "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 five per cent 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."

Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz announced that sales of diesel models were up 108.5 per cent for the month and up 115.8 per cent for the year.

The company also announced that it sold 21 of its supercars – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 330.

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