Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Daimler AG Reports a 14.2 Percent Increase for Mercedes-Benz and smart Vehicles in the U.S. for January 2011


- Mercedes-Benz USA Records January Sales of 17,273 Vehicles � an Improvement of 14 Percent over January 2010
- smart USA Records 358 Sales in January 2011 � an Improvement of nearly 29 Percent over January 2010

New York, USA, Feb 01, 2011 � Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 17,631 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 14.2 Percent compared to January 2010. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) continued its strong momentum of the past year with a 14% increase for January 2011 (17,273 vs. 15,158). 16,398 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 875 Sprinter vans are included in this total. Strong demand in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles and SUVs fueled sales for the month, including diesel models which were up as a group by 136 percent over January 2010. The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader with sales of 4,759, a 24.5 percent increase over last year, followed by the C-Class � the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers � with sales of 4,172, a 3.6 percent increase over last year. Rounding out the top three volume lines is the popular M-Class SUV, which posted monthly sales of 2,484, a 28.9 percent over last January. Notable sales at the high-end were the flagship CL-Class coupe, up 72.6 percent over last January and the SLS AMG supercar, 70 of which were retailed in January.

smart USA recorded 358 sales in January 2011, an increase of nearly 29 percent from January 2010. In January, smart USA delivered its first smart fortwo electric drive to a retail customer and began selling the 2011 smart fortwo with an all new interior, double the number of airbags on coupe models and new available technology and entertainment features.

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