Mercedes-Benz USA reported its highest May sales on record with 29,570 units across the Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart model lines, an increase of 8.1% from the 27,359 vehicles sold the same period last year. The Mercedes-Benz brand alone posted May retails of 26,617, up 7.7% for the month, while year-to-date volumes reached 125,118, up 6.5%. Adding year-to-date sales of 9,282 for Sprinter Vans (up 23.5%) and 3,974 units at smart (up 8%), MBUSA achieved a year-to-date grand total of 138,374.
“With five record months on the books for 2014,” said Stephen Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA, “we continue to accelerate thanks to the strength of our product offering and our dealer network’s laser focus on the customer experience.”
Top sellers in May for the Mercedes-Benz brand included the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The E-Class took the lead with sales of 6,168 vehicles, up 25.1% from the same month last year, followed by the C-Class at 5,284. The M-Class, volume leader in the Mercedes-Benz SUV lineup, rounded out the top three at 4,084, an increase of 26.9% from May 2013. At the high end, the flagship S-Class continued its streak of double-digit year-over-year sales gains with May volumes of 2,173, up 82.6% from the same month last year.
The newly redesigned Sprinter lineup continued to show strong sales momentum in May, posting monthly sales of 2,264, an increase of 23.9% from the 1,828 units sold in May 2013. May sales on the smart side reached 689.
The company’s AMG high-performance models finished the month up 79.9% at 964, with year-to-date volumes climbing 75.6% to 4,800. Sales of Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel models totaled 1,496 in May, while year-to-date sales hit 6,952, an increase of 5% from the 6,619 diesel units sold during the same period last year.
Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) recorded sales volumes of 11,870 vehicles in May, an increase of 46.3% compared to the 8,113 units sold during the same month last year. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 49,625 units, up 20.4% from the 41,231 vehicles sold through May 2013.