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Mercedes Benz Sales Numbers by Model! Sales Report February 2011 E class and C class Sales Up

It’s that time of the month again, time to look back at the February 2011 sales numbers and see how Mercedes-Benz did. The official MBUSA Press Release is pasted below as well as the sales graph by model. Once again new car sales were led by the C and E class vehicles lines, slightly up over February of 2010. Overall sales were up almost 10% from last year which is an encouraging sign.

It was interesting to see total SLS AMG units sold year to date at153. If they keep that pace going they will sell close to 1000 SLS AMG cars this year, and with the introduction of the SLS AMG Roadster it could even be more than that. Not that a ‘halo car’ has much of an impact on anything other than good publicity and creating an enthusiast following, it’s just interesting to watch the numbers.

Finance specials for March on the C, GLK and M classes may boost their sales further. Conquest and Loyalty programs will surely help the E class along this month. So… without further ado…. the sales report from MBUSA:

MERCEDES-BENZ REPORTS FEBRUARY SALES OF 16,176

Sales Up 5.1% for the Month and 9.5% Year-to-Date

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported February sales of 16,176 vehicles, a 5.1 % improvement over February 2010 and the highest February volume since 2008. On a year-to-date basis, the 33,449 vehicles sold represent a 9.5% increase.

The highest volume performers for the month were the C- and E-Class model lines. The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – lead the pack with sales of 4,479, up 5.5% over February 2010. The 9th generation E-Class continued its strong momentum with sales of 4,203, up 4% over February 2010.

MBUSA’s versatile SUV, the M-Class, followed in volume with sales of 1,924, up 16.3% compared to February 2010 while the compact GLK SUV trailed closely with sales of 1,853. At the high end, the iconic SL-Class was up 83.7%, followed by the commanding G-Class, up 40% and the CL flagship coupe increased by 35.1%. The company also sold 83 of its supercar – – the SLS AMG — bringing its year-to-date sales to 153.

Sales of Sprinter Vans increased by 38.3% for the month to 712 and to 1,587 on a year-to date basis, up 66.9%.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 5,860 vehicles in February; a 4.8% decrease when compared to February 2010 (sales of 6,153 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 12,303 vehicles, a decrease of 0.6 % over the comparable period (with sales of 12,382).

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 and Maybach 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 supercar.

Mercedes Benz 2010 Annual Sales Figures by Model: Sales up by 25,000 units in 2010!

I’ve pasted the official sale report and press release below for December 2010, and also the entire year wrap up for Mercedes Benz sales, numbers of units by model for the entire 2010 calendar year.

E class and GL class sales were brisk in 2010. Just under 500 new SLS AMG Gullwing cars were delivered in 2010, that’s pretty exciting too. We’ll look forward to the SLS Roadster coming soon.
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HIGHEST SALES MONTH FOR THE YEAR AT 21,469 BRINGS MERCEDES-BENZ TO AN 18 PERCENT INCREASE FOR 2010

 MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported December sales of 21,469 vehicles, its highest monthly volume of the year, bringing the company’s 2010 total to 225,007, an increase of 18% over 2009.

Ernst Lieb, president and CEO of MBUSA said: “Despite the challenges of a slow recovery, we see good indicators in terms of our sales volume throughout the model range. This is certainly due in large part to the customer-directed efforts we’ve undertaken here at MBUSA over the past few years and the extraordinary commitment of our retail network to provide an unmatched ownership experience. As virtually all third-party indicators show, customers are confident about the Mercedes-Benz brand and we think that will translate to even stronger momentum going forward.”

The 9th generation E-Class was the volume leader for both the month and year, with December sales of 5,638, bringing its annual volume to 60,922 – a 41.4 % increase over its volume in 2009. The C Class– the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – followed with monthly sales of 4,924 and a yearly total of 58,785, a 12.1 % increase over last. Rounding out the top three volume lines was the popular M-Class SUV which posted monthly sales of 3,783 bringing its annual volume to 29,698, a 15.1 % increase over last year.

Sales at the high end continued strong for 2010 with the commanding G-Class up 38.8 % for the year and the flagship S-Class sedan up 21.5 %. The company sold 48 of its top-of-the-line supercar – the SLS AMG – in December, bringing its annual total to 499.

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Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,338 vehicles in December, up 24.3 % for the month, bringing the annual total to 80,698, up 12.3 % over 2009.

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 and Maybach 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 supercar.

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

Mercedes Benz Sales Numbers November 2010: Biggest November Since 2007 with 19,037 Units

Things continue to improve in the Mercedes-Benz business. It’s nice to see how things have improved from the same time last year. Here is the official press release and the sales figures for the month of November 2010. Another 36 SLS AMG gullwing cars were delivered in November, our second SLS will be ready for delivery to its new owner in February I believe… that’s pretty exciting.

E and GL class vehicles are selling really well which is great to see. Quality vehicles continue to do well despite a slowly recovering economy.

HERE IS THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE FROM MBUSA:

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its highest November sales volume since 2007 with sales of 19,037, an increase of 13.3% for the month. On a year-to-date basis, sales increased 19.4% to 203,468.

Impressive gains continued in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger car and light-truck categories. The strongest performer for the month was the 9th generation E-Class with sales of 4,986 bringing its year-to-date total to 55,869 (up 25.4%). The popular and sporty C-Class followed with sales of 3,930 and the versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 3,470 for the month.

Sales at the high end continued strong with sales of the flagship CL coupe up 159.2%. Also showing strong gains for the month were the elegant CLS coupe up 130.8% and the commanding G-Class sport utility vehicle up 67.6%. The company also sold 36 of the newly launched supercar – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 451.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,275 vehicles in November, up 35.6 % compared to November 2009 sales of 5,369 vehicles. Year-to-date sales for the MBCPO program were 74,363 – a 11.3 % increase over 2009 year-todate sales (66, 788 vehicles) during the same timeframe.

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 and Maybach 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 supercar.

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

First Car in the World Available with Full LED Headlamps – 2012 Mercedes Benz CLS550


Mercedes-Benz pioneers another first in the automotive world, the first car available with full LED headlamps. The newly redesigned CLS550 sedan that will be released to dealer inventories in mid 2011 as a 2012 model will be available with full LED headlamps. The LED headlamps will be part of the Premium 1 Package (P1), Bi-Xenon headlamps will be standard equipment on the new CLS.


During the past couple of years we’ve seen small strips or ‘brows’ of LED lights appearing as turn signals, running lights and fog lights (as on Audi vehicles, many BMW models and Mercedes-Benz cars), but no one has come up with a full LED system that gives you brighter lights to see by at night, but they also make better use of the vehicle’s energy and power more efficiently.

There are many other changes to the new CLS, completely new body, not just a mild massaging, a new engine… and… brace yourself… 4matic models will be introduced during the summer of 2011! More details to come… check back here soon for more.

Mercedes October 2010 Sales Numbers Released

Mercedes Benz sales figures for October 2010 were just released. Once again the E class sedan led the way for the brand in October. It makes me wonder why all the 24 hour news channels are still preaching the doom and gloom of the economy. Some people out there seem to be doing just fine, perhaps all the bad economic ‘news’ is just a self fulfilling prophecy. Afterall, I did just hear that GM will turn a profit this year, major retailers like Target and Macy’s reported ‘better than expected’ quarterly profits.  What gives?

Yeah, I’m no econ0mist, so I’ll stick to cars… I supposed I’m an ‘autoist’… Official Mercedes-Benz press release below the numbers…

*Mercedes-Benz and Freightliner Sprinter Vans are sold and marketed in the U.S. by Mercedes-Benz USA and Daimler Vans USA, respectively
MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported October sales of 19,076 vehicles, an increase of 4.9% for the month and up 20.1% on a year-to-date basis. Impressive gains continued in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger car and light-truck categories. The strongest performer for the month was the 9th generation E-Class with sales of 5,568, bringing the year-to-date total to 50,298 (up 53.3%). The popular and sporty C-Class followed with sales of 3,771 and the versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 2,826 for the month.

Sales at the high end continued strong with sales of the flagship S-Class up 60.4%. Also showing strong gains for the month were the CLS coupe up 47.5% and the spacious R-Class crossover up 52%. The company also sold 59 of the newly launched supercar – the SLS AMG -bringing its year-to-date sales to 415.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 184,431 new vehicles, an increase of 20.1 % over last year. Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 7,120 vehicles in October, up 31.05 % compared to October 2009 sales of 5,433 vehicles. Year-to-date sales for the MBCPO program were 68,088 – a 9.5 % increase over 2009 year-to-date sales (62,161 vehicles) during the same timeframe.

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 and Maybach 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 supercar.

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

Mercedes Benz Sales Figures: MB Reports September Best Month Of 2010 With Sales Of 20,666

Recession? What recession? Interesting article here, Mercedes-Benz Year to Date sales up 22% from last year.

Mercedes Benz Reports Best Month Of 2010 With Sales Of 20,666

October 01, 2010 – MONTVALE, N.J.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported its best month of the year with September sales of 20,666 boosting year-to-date sales 22% ahead of last year. The September volume made this the second highest September on record for MBUSA.

The 9th generation E-Class led the month with sales of 5,608 (up 47.1%) – bringing the year-to-date total to 44,730 (up 67.3%). The sporty C-Class followed suit with sales of 5,196 and the versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 2,780 for the month.

Sales at the high end were equally strong with sales of the flagship S-Class up 55.2%; the GL-Class SUV up 52.6% and 35 of the newly launched supercar – the SLS AMG – bringing its year-to-date sales to 356.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 165,355 new vehicles, an increase of 22.1 % over last year.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,248 vehicles in September, up 17.5% compared to September 2009 sales of 5,318 vehicles. Year-to-date sales for the MBCPO program were 60,968 – a 7.5 % increase over 2009 year-to-date sales (56,728 vehicles) during the same timeframe.

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 and Maybach 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 supercar.

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

Mercedes Benz Sales Figures By Class: July 2010


July 2010 was a good sales month for Mercedes-Benz, increasing overall units sold from July 2009 during July of 2010. It was also a good month for Feldmann Imports in terms of new  Mercedes-Benz sold we also have a strong showing from the Certified Pre Owned camp.

Below if a table showing sales by class during the months of July 2009 and 2010 and percent changes. C class sales are up about 15%, but it’s new E class sales that really stand out to me. While E class sales were down in July over last July, total E class sales for the year are up more than 80% over 2009, we can attribute most of that I think to the new body style, aggressive deals, and a loyal following, some people just won’t drive anything else.

Sales of core vehicles like the C, E, GL and ML and GLK class SUVs remain strong, but some of the more specialty models have suffered in terms of total sales numbers. 47 new SLS AMG cars were delivered in July, one of them here at Feldmann Imports, see the article I wrote about our first SLS delivery here.  And what about the G Wagen? A lot of people call in with questions about the Mercedes-Benz G wagen, most people don’t realize how rare those trucks really are. Notice here, that only one more G wagen was delivered in July than new SLS AMG… and the G wagen is half the price, but still $100k+ ! Built in its own factory in Austria, it’s one of the rarest Mercedes-Benz models today.

Passenger Vehicles 10-Jul 9-Jul Monthly % YTD 2010 YTD 2009 Yearly %
C-CLASS 5,309 4,450 19.30% 34,864 30,179 15.50%
             
E-CLASS 5,462 5,556 -1.70% 33,240 18,257 82.10%
             
S-CLASS 779 638 22.10% 7,184 5,674 26.60%
             
CL-CLASS 99 85 16.50% 552 807 -36.10%
             
SL-CLASS 194 319 -39.20% 1,407 2,493 -43.60%
             
SLS AMG 47  – 265
             
CLK-CLASS  5 364 -98.60% 585 5,567 -89.50%
             
SLK-CLASS 60 234 -74.40% 1,437 1,885 -23.80%
             
CLS-CLASS 93 164 -43.30% 1,158 1,807 -35.90%
             
R-CLASS 314 36 772.20% 1,723 2,028 -15.00%
             
M-CLASS 1,973 1,674 17.90% 14,366 12,278 17.00%
             
G-CLASS 48 55 -12.70% 497 352 41.20%
             
GL-CLASS 1,179 844 39.70% 10,596 7,197 47.20%
             
GLK-CLASS 1,805 1,809 -0.20% 13,167 12,792 2.90%
             
TOTAL 17,367 16,228 7.00% 121,041 101,316 19.50%
*SPRINTER 681  – 3,974  –
             
MBUSA Combined Total  10-Jul 9-Jul Monthly % YTD 2010 YTD 2009 Yearly %
             
GRAND TOTAL  18,048 16,228 11.20% 125,015 101,316 23.40%

*Source: Mercedes-Benz Online Press Room

Feldmann Imports Grand Opening Event, Live Band, Food, Great Cars! August 12 @ 6:00pm


We’re all settled into our newly remodeled Mercedes-Benz building and our new Nissan dealership building is completed, now it’s time to celebrate! Please join us for an evening filled with live music featuring Red Dot Garage, food catered by Oak City, and the opportunity to win one of several fabulous prizes. Come see us in our new building Thursday, August 12 from 6-9pm, and enter to win tickets to see Lady Gaga, the Dave Mathews Band or Usher. More of a sports fan? We’re also giving away Twins and Vikings game tickets! And who wouldn’t want the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card? Everyone in attendance will walk away with a coupon for a complimentary exterior detail through our acclaimed service department. We look forward to showing off our amazing new space. See you then! Questions? Call Dave at 952-567-2188 with questions.

New Mercedes Sign and Drive Lease Special Released! C300 Lease Special


Here we are again, a new month, a new nationally advertised ‘sign and drive’ lease from Mercedes-Benz on the C class. Let’s have a look and see how things shake out this month on the C300 4matic Sport.

Based on a C300 4matic Sport
Premium 1 Package
Automatic Transmission
(black, white or Mars Red)
MSRP: $40,275

36 month lease term
10,000 miles per year

It’s not necessary to give Mercedes-Benz a dime at signing, not even your first payment, but you do have to pay Minnesota State Sales Tax as well as license and registration, about $2000, and you drive away in your new leased C300 Sport.

Monthly Payment based on the specs above: $491

If you need a few more miles per yer, say, 12k miles, bank on the monthly payment going up about $30 – $40 per month. You can always add more equipment to the car or chose a car with a higher MSRP, the monthyl payment will be adjusted accordingly. This of it as about $25 – $30 per month for each $1000 you add to the MSRP.

2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Achieves Top Safety Status from IIHS

It's always been safe, but never THIS safe!

I found this article on a site about Mercedes-Benz vehicles that I visit regularly, emercedesbenz.com, I thought it might be of interest to daveknowscars.com readers. I’m not always big on awards, whether the award is actually worth anything, good marks for safety are always good.

The Mercedes E-Class has been given a top safety award for the first time from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

17 May 2010 | JDavis

Adding to its already high appeal, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class has achieved top safety status.  The Mercedes E-Class has been given a top safety award for the first time from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). A score of “good” must be earned in each of the following: front, side, rollover and rear crash protection tests in order for the Top Safety Picks accolade to be gained.  The Mercedes-Benz E-Class, with its many safety features, set the standard in each category.

The IIHS particularly praised the decision of Mercedes-Benz to implement greater padding to the front and rear doors to improve protection in side-impact crashes. Because the safety of drivers, passengers and other drivers are the biggest concern of Mercedes-Benz, the E-Class Saloon has been fitted with a host of features to help make driving safer.

These include innovations that take appropriate action in the event of danger occurring, help to limit damage if an accident happens and ensure that things are made easier in aiding people after an incident has taken place. Among the features utilised are Attention Assist to warn motorists if they are at risk of falling asleep behind the wheel flashing adaptive brake lights to warn fellow motorists travelling behind that there may be a danger ahead.

“The E class was redesigned for the 2010 model year. This is the first time the E class has earned the Institute’s top safety designation. Earlier this year design changes were made to the padding in the front and rear doors to improve protection in side impact crashes. The TOP SAFETY PICK award applies to E class models built after March 2010.” http://www.iihs.org