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Top March Sales Of 24,646 Take Mercedes-Benz To Highest First Quarter Ever At 69,187

Top March Sales Of 24,646 Take Mercedes-Benz To Highest First Quarter Ever At
                                    69,187

Record quarter for MBUSA at 75,214 up 12.4% for the year

PR Newswire

MONTVALE, N.J., April 2, 2013

MONTVALE, N.J., April 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today
reported the highest first quarter sales volume in its history. March was
another record month with sales of 24,646 for its Mercedes-Benz models, a 6.5%
increase over March 2012, resulting in year-to-date sales of 69,187, up
12.5%. Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter
for the month totaled 27,104, up 6.3%, and year-to-date up 12.4 % at 75,214.

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"We're coming out of our highest first quarter on record—and that's before
launching a single new product," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of
MBUSA. "With completely redesigned E-Class models arriving at dealerships, a
next generation S-Class and a new entry point for the brand—the CLA—in the
wings, we're looking at our strongest year on record." 

Mercedes-Benz March sales were driven by the C-, E-, and M-Class model lines.
The sporty C-Class – the current gateway to the brand on the car side for
younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead, posting sales of
8,396, up 32.4%. The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 4,009 and
MBUSA's top-selling SUV, the M-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of
3,501. At the high-end, strong performers were the company's flagship
S-Class, which saw 24.0% growth, and the SL-Class, which increased 790.5% over
March 2012. 

On a year-to-date basis, the top performers again were the C-Class with
22,912, the E-Class with 13,689 and the M-Class with 9,162.

The Sprinter model line also continued its record sales streak in March with
1,529 vans sold – up 11.2% over last year and up 22.5% on a year-to-date
basis, while the company's smart brand recorded sales of 929 vehicles.

Sales of the high-performance AMG models were 631 for the month and sales of
the company's BlueTEC diesel models finished the month at 1,640, up 2.4% over
the same period last year.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program,
MBUSA sold 8,670 vehicles in March; an increase of 24% when compared to March
2012 (sales of 6,994 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 24,370
vehicles, an increase of 22% over the comparable period (with sales of 19,924
vehicles).

About Mercedes-Benz USA

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA), headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is
responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service for all
Mercedes-Benz products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most
diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 12 model lines ranging from the
sporty C-Class to the flagship S-Class sedans and the SLS AMG GT.

MBUSA is also responsible for the distribution, marketing and customer service
of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Vans, and smart products in the U.S. More
information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com,
www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com.



MERCEDES-BENZ USA
Sales -- March 2013
Mercedes-Benz
                        Mar-13      Mar-12     Monthly %     YTD 2013     YTD 2012     Yearly %
Passenger Vehicles
C-CLASS                 8,396       6,342      32.4%         22,912       18,107       26.5%
E-CLASS                 4,009       5,570      -28.0%        13,689       13,873       -1.3%
S-CLASS                 1,216       981        24.0%         3,077        2,559        20.2%
CL-CLASS                53          64         -17.2%        155          210          -26.2%
SL-CLASS                659         74         790.5%        1,484        270          449.6%
SLS AMG                 44          123        -64.2%        119          286          -58.4%
SLK-CLASS               453         567        -20.1%        1,134        1,091        3.9%
CLS-CLASS               563         720        -21.8%        1,695        1,757        -3.5%
R-CLASS                 5           144        -96.5%        20           437          -95.4%
M-CLASS                 3,501       4,070      -14.0%        9,162        11,480       -20.2%
G-CLASS                250         88         184.1%        612          261          134.5%
GL-CLASS                2,803       1,969      42.4%         7,618        5,154        47.8%
GLK-CLASS               2,694       2,422      11.2%         7,510        6,028        24.6%
TOTAL                   24,646      23,134     6.5%          69,187       61,513       12.5%
*SPRINTER               1,529       1,375      11.2%         3,834        3,129        22.5%
**smart                 929         999        -7.0%         2,193        2,264        -3.1%
MBUSA
                        Mar-13      Mar-12     Monthly %     YTD 2013     YTD 2012     Yearly %
Combined Total
GRAND TOTAL             27,104      25,508     6.3%          75,214       66,906       12.4%
*Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz
USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively.



SOURCE Mercedes-Benz USA

Website: http://www.mbusa.com
Contact: Donna Boland, 201-573-6893, or Mariella Kapsaskis, 201-573-4734, or
Toll-Free, 888-MBNEWS-1
 
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