Boom time for MercedesBenz

Eyethu Baywatch - - MOTORING • EZEZIMOTO -

MERCEDES-BENZ says that March this year was its strong­est ever month in terms of global sales, with the first three months of the year fur­ther­more rep­re­sent­ing the most suc­cess­ful quar­ter in the Stuttgart-based firm’s his­tory.

Last month, the Mercedes-Benz brand de­liv­ered 237 307 new ve­hi­cles around the world, while first quar­ter sales amounted to 594 304 units.

The SA mar­ket ac­counted for 2 379 units in March and 6 287 units in the first quar­ter.

In the third month of 2018, Mercedes badged SUVs ac­counted for more than 80 000 units glob­ally (the first time this fig­ure has been achieved in a sin­gle month), while that fig­ure rose to 211 636 units in the first quar­ter.

The cur­rent best-sell­ing SUV from the brand is the GLC, which en­joyed 33.4% year-on-year growth in the first quar­ter.

Benz says de­mand for the S-Class rose 29.4% to 22 691 units in the first quar­ter, while the Mercedes-May­bach S-Class posted record sales in both March and the first quar­ter. More than one in eight S-Class sa­loons sold in the first quar­ter of 2018 wore a Mercedes-May­bach badge.

‘We once again em­pha­sised our claim to lead­er­ship in the first quar­ter. With sales of more than 237 000 Mercedes-Benz ve­hi­cles in March, we achieved our strong­est-sell­ing month of all time and our best ever quar­ter,’ said Britta Seeger, mem­ber of the board of man­age­ment of Daim­ler AG re­spon­si­ble for Mercedes-Benz Cars mar­ket­ing and sales.

‘We started the spring sea­son with our Mercedes-Benz dream cars world­wide.

‘The new C-Class Cabri­o­let and Coupé were pre­sented to the pub­lic for the first time in New York and the new CLS has been avail­able in Europe since March,’ she added.

In SA, Benz can look for­ward to in­ter­est­ing times as it will soon be launch­ing its first bakkie in the form of the X-Class, as well as the all new A-Class hatch.

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