Published on June 7th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Mercedes Posts Double Digit Growth Worldwide in Month of May

Mercedes-Benz once again grew at a double-digit rate, selling 170,625 vehicles last month, more than ever before in a May (+12.9%) following record unit sales in Europe and Asia-Pacific last month. Mercedes-Benz was the market leader in the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and Taiwan in May.

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Sales in Europe increased by a strong 14.2% to 74,268 units in May; with Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium being major growth markets in the double digits.

In the Asia-Pacific region, Mercedes-Benz handed over 57,438 vehicles to customers in May (+24.2%). In China, the biggest market, Mercedes-Benz achieved a new record of more than 38,000 vehicles sold (+38.9%). In Japan, Australia and Taiwan, Mercedes-Benz continued to defend its market leadership among the premium manufacturers last month.


In the NAFTA region, 34,323 units of Mercedes-Benz models were sold in May. 29,299 of those automobiles were delivered to customers in the USA. In the USA and Canada, Mercedes-Benz was the market leader among the premium manufacturers in May.

Sales of Mercedes-Benz compact cars increased to a new high in May, with a total of 53,618 units delivered to customers (+15.6%). The A- and B-Class, the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA were particularly popular in China, where unit sales more than doubled in May.

The E-Class Saloon and Estate were among the best-selling Mercedes-Benz models in May. Growth was especially strong in Europe last month, the first full month of sales of the new E-Class Saloon. The sixth generation of the E-Class Estate is being presented to the public for the first time in Stuttgart today. Since 2009, more than 1.6 million Saloons and Estates of the predecessor model of the E-Class have been delivered to customers.

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Overview of sales by Mercedes-Benz Cars

 May 2016Change
in %
in %
Mercedes-Benz Cars183,447+13.0878,538+12.7
Mercedes-Benz unit sales in the region/market    
– thereof Germany23,343+4.9113,966+7.9
– thereof Japan4,602+7.025,764-1.9
– thereof China38,271+38.9180,537+35.9
– thereof USA29,299-1.0134,304-1.9

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