News of October 17, 2001
Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars Remains on Course
Stuttgart - DaimlerChrysler sold 838,200 Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles worldwide between January and September 2001, an increase of nine percent on the same period last year.
Sales increased on all markets in first nine months of 2001
The increase in sales in the first nine months of the year was reflected on all markets worldwide. When compared with the figures posted in the same period last year, sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars rose 2.5 percent to 293,300 units in Germany, and jumped around 18 percent to 258,200 vehicles in Western Europe excluding Germany. Sales of 150,100 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in the U.S. in the first nine months nearly equaled last year’s record sales figure for the period January through September. In Japan, DaimlerChrysler improved on the results posted in the same period last year by boosting sales 13 percent to 31,900 units.
Some 254,600 C-Class sedans and station wagons were sold in the first nine months of the year, an increase of 48 percent on the same period in 2000. The two model variants thus played a vital role in the sales success of the Mercedes-Benz brand. With 40,600 units sold since its launch in spring 2001, sales of the C-Class sports coupe are also very encouraging.
Sales in September at around the same level as in previous months
Worldwide sales last month were down two percent from September 2000, to 89,200 vehicles. Nevertheless, the figure is at the same high level as the excellent results recorded in recent months. The Mercedes-Benz M-Class proved particularly popular with customers in September: Some 7,300 units were sold, an increase of 27 percent on September 2000.
"The sales figures for January through September illustrate that we remain on course and I am confident that we will surpass last year’s record sales figure of approximately 1.05 million units, despite the downward trend on the market and the difficult overall economic situation in Germany and the U.S. in particular," says Prof. Jürgen Hubbert, DaimlerChrysler Executive Vice President, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars and smart. "In view of this situation, it is important to note that we succeeded in maintaining our momentum into the month of September and have posted another outstanding monthly result of almost 90,000 units, despite the slight decline in sales."
DaimlerChrysler sold 29,800 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Germany in September, a drop of 18 percent from the same month last year, which was heavily influenced by the launch of the new C-Class. The current model update of the M-Class continues to affect sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in Germany, since delivery of the updated model will not begin in earnest until October.
Some 15,500 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars were sold in the U.S. last month, nine percent less than in September 2000 but nevertheless the highest sales figure, and therefore the most successful brand, in the luxury market.
(Oct. 15, 2001)