Mercedes Benz sells 1.8m vehicles in nine months


By Tajudeen Adebanjo

 

In the first nine months of the year, Mercedes-Benz has sold 1,792,744 cars and commercial vans worldwide.

Due to the positive development of customer demand in many markets, global passenger car sales of Mercedes-Benz from July to September increased by 3.9 per cent compared with the prior-year quarter.

China continued to be the main driver of passenger car sales in the third quarter.

According to Britta Seeger, a Member of the Boards of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Marketing and Sales, “Demand from our customers in the third quarter was significantly higher than we had assumed in March and April in view of the challenges posed by the pandemic. We are pleased with customers’ positive response to our models and the increasing demand in many markets. However, the third quarter also shows how regionally diverse the situation still is in the markets and for our dealerships. We will therefore monitor developments very closely in the fourth quarter, but the current level of demand is encouraging.”

Mercedes-Benz Vans delivered 95,933 vans for commercial use between July and September.

Global sales of 613,770 passenger cars from July to September were higher than in the previous-year quarter for the first time due to the positive development in China and rising customer demand in many other markets.

The attractive model portfolio and numerous measures taken by dealerships to respond best possible to customer inquiries and interest even during the COVID-19 pandemic provided additional sales support in the third quarter. In order to meet the high level of customer demand at short notice, dealerships’ inventories were reduced worldwide.

In Germany, the domestic market of Mercedes-Benz, sales in the past three months were higher than in the prior-year quarter for the first time this year.

“Rising orders received in particular for plug-in hybrids with the three-pointed star are a great customer feedback on our growing portfolio. From July to September, we had the first quarter so far with more than 10,000 xEVs delivered monthly by Mercedes-Benz Cars. The high demand for the electrified models has been sustained, especially in Europe,” Seeger said.


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