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Mercedes Unit Sales Report 2012

Mercedes Benz Sales Report July 2012! 5.8% Better than July 2011 and Up 18.6% for the Year!

Mercedes Unit Sales Report 2012

Have a look at this chart for July 2012 Mercedes Benz Unit Sales by vehicle class and growth year over year and month over month.

July 2012 was a pretty good month for Mercedes-Benz vehicle sales in the United States. Sales of several Mercedes-Benz vehicle classes were up, most notable the new 2013 SL roadster has been proving a brisk seller, in fact, they last a day or two, if that, in dealer show rooms before they’re sold… most of the first several waves of new SLs were pre ordered and sold before they were ever built.

The C class had a good month as well, the newly redesigned entry level sedans are proving as popular as ever and excellent lease deals during the month of July didn’t hurt. We see the steady decline of the R class coming through, as we sold twice as many G wagens nationally as we did R class vehicles… what does that tell you about the future of the R class?

M class sales numbers were disappointing, but it’s not for a lack of buyers… it’s for a lack of cars. Ask any dealer in the country and they will tell you.. if they could get them from the factory, they would sell them in a heartbeat, they just simply cannot built them fast enough to meet the demand.

Here is the official MBUSA press release that accompanied the sales numbers chart above, August 1, 2012.

MERCEDES-BENZ POSTS JULY SALES OF 19,311 smart up 138.5%, Sprinter up 27.2% for the Month; Total MBUSA at 22,294 up 5.8%

MONTVALE, N.J. – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported July sales of 19,311 for its Mercedes-Benz models, delivering a record year-to-date total of 147,905 new vehicles to customers, up 13.8%.

Combined sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger vehicles, smart and Sprinter of the month totaled 22,294, up 5.8% bringing an MBUSA year-to-date total of 164,912, up 18.6% Mercedes-Benz sales for the month of July were led by the C-, E- and GL-Class model lines.

The sporty C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand on the car side for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – took the lead with sales of 5,663, up 24.4%. The 9th generation E-Class followed with sales of 5,089 and MBUSA’s largest SUV, the GL-Class, rounded out the top three with sales of 2,494, up 32%.

At the high end, the all-new iconic sixth generation 2013 SL roadster – which debuted in showrooms this past spring – posted sales of 449 yielding an increase of 382.8% and the flagship coupe, the CL, sold 39 vehicles for an increase of 62.5%.The SLS AMG supercar retailed at 59 for the month, up 20.4% over the same period last year.

On a year-to-date basis, top performers were the C-Class with 43,349, the E-Class with 35,455 and the M-Class with 22,416.

Monthly sales of the high-performance AMG models were 457, up 11.7% versus July 2011 (409) and up 54.3% year to date.
Sales of the company’s BlueTEC diesel models were up 45% for the year at 9,957 compared to the 6,866 diesels sold over the same time last year.

The company’s smart brand continued nine consecutive months of sales increases with July sales of 780 , a 138.5% jump for the month (compared to the 327 vehicles sold in July 2011) bringing the year-to-date volume to 5,528 up 1,590.5%

On the van side, sales of Sprinter vans saw another best-ever sales month in July with 2,203 – up 27.2% over last year and up 30% on a year-to-date basis.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA sold 6,519 vehicles in July; an increase of 10.6% when compared to July 2011 (sales of 5,895 vehicles). On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 45,938 vehicles, an increase of 0.4% over the comparable period (with sales of 45,750 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 and Maybach products in the United States. MBUSA offers drivers the most diverse line-up in the luxury segment with 14 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 and smart in the US. More information on MBUSA and its products can be found at www.mbusa.com, www.mbsprinterusa.com and www.smartusa.com

 

2011 Jaguar XKR

A Black Cat Crossed My Path: Used 2011 Jaguar XKR – All Black – with Just 8,900 Miles Available today for $77,900

2011 Jaguar XKR

Here kitty, kitty, kitty… nobody designs cars quite like Jaguar, no matter how many times they’ve been sold or restructured or whoever owns them now, for more that 80 years Jaguar has been designing beautiful cars and this 2011 XKR is no exception.

1963 Jaguar XKE Coupe

Modern Jaguar XKs attempt to draw certain design elements from the iconic Jaguar XKE of the 1960s. I took this photo at Elkhart Lake, WI’s Road America during the HAWK Vintage Race Weekend with Brian Redman, Sunday, July 15, 2012.

Sears Imports purchased this vehicle from its only owner recently, a gentleman who was ready to do some downsizing. It’s a very lightly used 2011 model with 8,930 miles on its odometer. The car is in as new condition, inside and out with a perfectly clean Carfax vehicle history report.
2011 Jaguar XKR
The interior of this car is amazing, condition is ‘as new’, but the overall layout and design is comfortable and luxurious… a true gentleman’s grand touring car. The R designation of this car means that this car is packed with a 5.0 liter V8 cranking out 510 Horse Power and 461 lb-ft of torque… big numbers by anyone’s standard.
2011 Jaguar XKR
Looking stealthy in all black, this car is available today at Sears Imports for $77,900, stock# 20389.

2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

Used 2011 SLS AMG Gullwing AMG Alubeam Silver Bang & Olufsen 3,100 One Owner Miles, $220k+ new, now just $185,900

2011 Mercedes SLS AMG Gullwing

This 2011 SLS AMG Gullwing just arrived here at Sears Imported Autos! This is a one owner vehicle that was purchased new here at Sears Imports. Its only owner drove it a total of about 1,300 miles. It is perfect in every respect. This iconic sports car has all the goodies, it was nicely equipped from the factory with an original MSRP of $220,645.

used Mercedes SLS AMG Alubeam Silver

The complete build sheet / option list is below, but a few highlights include AMG Alubeam Silver exterior paint with a contrasting Mercedes designo Light Brown Natural Leather interior. It’s got several carbon fiber trim packages, the mirrors, interior, all the carbon fiber you can get, except for under the hood. It’s also equipped with the awesome Bang & Olufsen 1000 watt sound system.

Mercedes SLS AMG designo

Loaded interior, navigation, voice control, all the transmission and launch settings among the designo leather interior with carbon fiber trim.

This SLS AMG is sitting here, available and seriously for sale at Sears Imported Autos in Minnetonka. It’s Sears Imports’ stock# 20338, priced right for the market today at $185,900.

Mercedes SLS AMG engine

CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White

Featured Video! 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White 30,745 One Owner Miles Just $48,900

CLS63 AMG designo Mystic White

So I’m finally getting into the video thing here on Dave Knows Cars (WAY LATE to this party!)… sure, they’re a little shaky and I’m figuring it all out, but here is a video I shot this morning with my iPhone of this incredible 2007 Mercedes Benz CLS63 AMG. While in the video I call the color, Diamond White Metallic, after reading the original window sticker / option list (pasted below for your reference, I saw that it is actually the extremely rare designo Mystic White color with Java Exclusive Nappa Leather AMG sport seats.

This is a P2 Package car with an Alcantara headliner, PARKTRONIC, Bluetooth, KEYLESS GO, Navigation, Heated and Active Ventilated Front Seats and more. Cost new was just over $107,000. See the original window sticker / option list below.
Mercedes-CLS63-AMG-MSRP

This is a one owner vehicle that was purchased new here at Sears Imports and owned by a local customer. It was just traded in on a new Mercedes-Benz vehicle. It has been serviced here throughout its life. It’s available today for $48,900, Sears Imports’ stock# 66121A

Dave Knows Cars Mercedes S65 AMG

S65 AMG Road Trip Video! Pseudo German Video Host “Otto” Laments U.S. Speed Limits While Driving a New 2012 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG

Dave Knows Cars Mercedes S65 AMG

Pseudo German video host “Otto” had the opportunity to drive this brand new Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG to a customer in Iowa recently. Based on the voice over in the video Otto is pretty annoyed with the fact that you can have such an incredibly powerful 12 cylinder, Bi Turbo car with over 600 horsepower, but have nowhere to really use it on the highways in the United States. Click the photo above or this link to see the video on YouTube.

This car begs to be pushed, begs to be driven fast, in fact, while driving it you find yourself constantly pulling your foot off the gas in order to stay within the limits of the law. Driving an S65 AMG is a bit like pheasant hunting with an RPG… more than you’ll ever need to accomplish the job, overkill to the max, but if you can do it… why not?

This particular S65 AMG was, of course, built to order. MSRP was just over $216,000. Color was black with black interior. If you have the opportunity to drive, ride or get in an S65… Otto suggests taking advantage of the opportunity, even if you can’t explore the limits of its performance.

Don-Sears-Classic-Car-Collection

Don Sears’ Car Collection to be Auctioned at Mecum Indianapolis This Morning!

Don-Sears-Classic-Car-Collection

Ten classic cars from the car collection of the late Don Sears, long time car dealer in Minneapolis, MN and owner of Sears Imports, will be auction this morning, Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Dana Mecum Spring Indianapolis Auction. The cars were transported from Sears Imports in Minnetonka last week via two enclosed transporters. They will be auctioned as lot #s S62 – S71 this morning.

The 10 cars going over the block include a beautiful and highly optioned 1960 Chevrolet Impala Coupe with power steering, power brakes, factory air a 348 Tri Power motor with Three Deuces, an immaculate 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air 2-door as well as two Camaros, a ’68 and ’69, a couple of hot rods, even a 1928 Ford Model A pick up truck. Click this link to see the online auction catalog page with all ten of the Sears Collection Cars. (scroll down the page, you’ll see the ten cars, photos all taken in the Sears Imports photo studio.

Click this link to watch the Mecum Indianapolis Auction LIVE from your computer!

Don’s collection is made up of expertly restored cars that are as clean underneath as they are up above. As they cross the block in Indianapolis late this morning, I can only hope Don is looking down, watching over the proceedings as some of his cars are passed on to new stewards of the collector car hobby. Hopefully the new owners will take as good care of them, and have as much pride in the, as Mr. Sears did.

Osseo Car Show Mercedes 300SL

Mercedes Benz Club Twin Cities Section Attends the 2012 InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show in Downtown Osseo, MN!

Osseo Car Show Mercedes 300SL
Members of the Twin Cities Section of the Mercedes-Benz Club of America gathered early Saturday morning, May 12, 2012 at the new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Minnetonka, Sears Imports, to form up and drive North to Osseo, MN for one of the upper Midwest’s largest vintage, foreign car shows… the InterMarque Spring Kick Off Car Show. About 12 cars showed up at Sears Imports to make the 25 minute drive North to Osseo, another 3 or 4 member cars met the group at the show. The mix, and quality of the cars in attendance was spectacular. From the oldest car in attendance, new (only because his membership expired some time ago!) club member David Steingas’ 1951 220s to one of the newest, Matt Jurcich’s super clean 1999 ‘large and in charge’ S500 Grand Edition, the cars looked great and everyone was eager to check out the Intermarque’s new car show venue. For some time the Intermarque Spring Kick off Car Show was held at St. Paul’s Como Park, this was the first year for the show in Osseo.

Minneapolis Mercedes Club Sears Imports

Twin Cities Mercedes Club members meet at Sears Imports to head up to Osseo.

Mercedes-Benz Club members, and their cars, that showed up at Sears Imports for the convoy North were:

Mark Flaten – 1971 280SL
Dave Bortner – 1969 300SEL 6.3
Dave Tobin – 1973 280C
David Steingas – 1951 220S Cabriolet
John Olson – 1959 300SL Roadster
Jack Church – 1985 500SL (euro)
Dean Nolde – 1999 SLK230
Daniel Miller – 1970 280SL
Jim Klecker – 1968 280SL
Matt Jurcich – 1999 S500 Grand Edition
Ron Burg – 1971 280SL

Dave Tobin Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Tobin corrals Mercedes Club members at Sears and passes out maps to the show.

A couple of other members met the group in Osseo including:
Ron Scott – 1980 450SLC
Don Stephenson – 1971 280SL

(I think most of the years of the cars mentioned above are correct, a couple could be a few years off).

Any new venue creates challenges to organizers of a car show of the size and scope of the InterMarque’s Spring Kick Off. Our Mercedes-Benz Club was one of the ‘club sponsors’ of the event. We were told we could pick just 7 cars (all had to have been built prior to 1991) to show on the main street of the show. The rest of our club member cars would be pointed to peripheral parking areas, but still be allowed to park together if we arrived together. Well, once we got there, we ended up with about 9 of our cars on the main drag and and a handful of other down the street and around the corner, others, those build after 1991 were parked in an entirely different area, so we were a bit spread out. In the end, there was plenty of room on the main street, so we really all could have parked together… there was more than enough space, but organizers just weren’t sure how it was going to shake out, so they did their best, which was quite good, this first time around. I spoke with them during the show and it sounds like they’ll apply the lessons learned this year to next year’s show. I would guess we’ll all be able to park in the same area next time.

We pitched our E-Z Up tent to provide us with some shade, set up a table with club membership materials and some back issues of the Northern Star for  passers by to pick up and take with them. It was a great day with a wide variety of cars in attendance.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Benz Club tent and car display.

There were more British cars than anything, as usual, at this show… from MGs and Triumphs to Jaguars, Rolls Royces and Bentleys. There were a good number of Italian cars including a pair of Maserati Ghiblis and handful of Alfa Romeos, I could only find one Ferrari and it happens to belong to a gentleman I know fairly well, he also has two Mercedes-Benz vehicles as daily drivers… he was even wearing his Mercedes-Benz hat all day while standing next to his Ferrari, I guess he has decent taste. There were plenty of German cars as well… more Mercedes than Porsches or BMWs… thanks to our good club turn out.  I haven’t seen so many Citroens in one place since the last time I was in Paris… there seems to be a pretty active Citroen Club here in the Twin Cities.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

A great turn out of T series MGs and other vintage British cars.

The InterMarque group is a sort of consortium of car clubs… it is a single organization that sort of compiles information about all the different foreign car clubs in the upper Midwest, their events, website information, etc. and publishes a monthly online newsletter with car show and event information as well as articles and reports that are of interest to all sorts of car enthusiasts. They also hold regular events throughout the Spring and Summer, the group meets every Saturday morning at the Square Peg Diner in Minneapolis every Saturday morning. If you’re into old cars and want to keep up with what is happening in the Twin Cities old car scene you need to sign up to receive email updates from the InterMarque. Visit their website by clicking this link and sign up to receive InterMarque Updates, it’s FREE!

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Ferrari Mondial, Maserati Ghibli.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo
Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Wheels of Italy organizer Dan Schaefer's Alfa Romeo GTV.

 

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

MBCA-TC member Matt Jurcich's 1999 S500 Grand Edition.

 

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Steingas' 220S followed by Olson's 300SL, Bortner's 6.3, Flaten's 280SL and on down the line.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Jack Church's red 500SL, Tobin's '73 280 Coupe.

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

Mercedes Club InterMarque car show Osseo

John Olson 300SL Roadster

Mercedes Club Minneapolis cars Show

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Dave Bortner's 6.3.

David Tobin Dave Knows Cars Blog

Dave Tobin's 1973 280C.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

 

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Great looking Jaguar XK120.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Morgans are rare... Drophead Coupes are even rarer.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Citroen Traction Avant sedan.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Big 1925 Bentley.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

1955 Porsche 550 Spyder replica painted up like one of the Carrera Panamericana cars.

 

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

More MGs than you can shake a stick at.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club Ferrari

Some nefarious characters were even allowed into the show... Mercedes owner Alkis Michaelides brought his newest midlife crisis... a 1992 Ferrari Mondial.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Schaefer's Alfa GTV.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Pretty MG TC.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

This Mercedes-Benz 190SL showed up with a for sale sign in it... looked a bit tired for a $47,000 asking price.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Late in the day, and MG TD drives off, pipe in teh driver's mouth and all.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Show's over... Olson drives off, Flaten not far behind.

Intermarque car show Osseo Mercedes Club

Following Olson in his 300SL (trying to keep up anyway).

One of the most fun parts of the day for me was driving back home… following John Olson all the way down Plymouth Rd / Xenium Lane / Zachary Lane for about 15 miles. People might not know what he’s driving, but all eyes, through every intersection, were on that 300SL, there is just something about that car, that shape… it absolutely must be one of the all time great designs. They look good in photos, on paper, but nothing prepares you for how they look gliding over the road at speed. A special day indeed.

2012-Mercedes-E350-Wagon

New 2012 Arctic White Mercedes Benz E350 Wagon Fully Loaded w/ Premium II Package, Sport Package, Heated Rear Seats, Driver Assistance Package, Panorama Sunroof and More!

2012-Mercedes-E350-Wagon

This 2012 Mercedes E350 Wagon just arrived into our inventory here at Sears Imports. This is probably the most fully loaded E class wagon I’ve ever seen, it must be at more than $72,000! I have included a photo of the original window sticker / option list below for your reference, but here are a few option highlights: Premium II Package (P2 Package) which includes things like KEYLESS GO, Bi-Xenon headlamps and Navigation along with a bunch of other stuff. It also has the Driver Assistance Package which gives you DISTRONIC PLUS, Lane Keeping Assist as well as the Blind Spot Assist feature, and that’s just the beginning. Multi contour driver’s seat with massage feature, all the seats in this car are heated, heated steering wheel, it’s a Sport model to boot… it’s literally got everything, except a garage to live in 🙁 !

Mercedes-Wagon-distronic plus

Close up of the DISTRONIC PLUS grille of this 2012 E350 Wagon.

It looks great in Arctic White with Almond Leather, remember… if you qualify for the “Competitor Conquest Program” during the month of April 2012 there is an available $3,000 rebate on E class vehicles, which includes this E class wagon.

Travel in supreme safety and style with this new E350 4matic wagon… it’s Sears Imports’ stock# 66144, the MSRP is $72,620, give me a call and we can figure out what it really takes to drive this beautiful, and rare, wagon home today!

2012-Mercedes-E350-Wagon-prices

Photo of the actual option list on the wagon's window sticker.

Mercedes 300TD Diesel Wagon

1981 Mercedes Benz 300TD Diesel Wagon Euro Model Manual 4 Speed for Sale!

Mercedes 300TD Diesel Wagon

This 1981 Mercedes 300TD wagon rolled into Sears Imports this morning, the gentleman who drove up in it is interested in selling it… he just advertised it in this month’s Hemming’s Motor News. He bought it out of New York a little more than a year ago for his wife, but they have a number of other vehicles and she just doesn’t choose to drive this vintage Mercedes wagon enough to justify keeping it.

It has just over 180,000 original miles on the odometer, it is a very rare 4 speed manual transmission car with the 5 cylinder diesel engine that is known to run for literally, millions of miles. It was a European car originally, it has the two tone cloth / MB tex interior. I would say the car is in good, driver quality condition. It was mostly rust free, with several small bubbles beginning to show around the rear fender arches. The interior was in decent shape, the driver’s seat could use a recovering at this point, but it’s a complete car in a really good looking color combo… red with tan interior.

The owner is asking $8,500 for this very rare manual transmission diesel wagon, the owner says he gets a little over 30mpg. If you’re interested in the car please contact me and I can put you in touch with the owner. More Photos below:
Mercedes-300TD-diesel-Wagon

Mercedes 300TD Diesel Wagon

Mercedes 300TD Diesel Wagon

Used Mercedes-R class diesel

One Owner Certified Pre Owned Barolo Red 2008 Mercedes R320 CDI Diesel 4matic w/ Premium 2 Package PARKTRONIC Panorama Sunroof 7th Seat Option and More!

Used Mercedes-R class diesel

This is a very rare R class indeed! We don’t even get many used R classes in these days, but when they do arrive, they aren’t normally as fully loaded as this one, and this one is an R320 CDI diesel to boot, the rarest of the rare… if you want to get close to 30mpg while carrying a lot of passengers on the highway, this is your vehicle. The color is Barolo Red with Macadamia interior.
Mercedes R320 diesel

This is a 4matic R class diesel with the Premium 2 Package which includes options such as Navigation, power tailgate, rear view back up camera and PARKTRONIC among other options in the P2 Package. Stand alone options include an iPod kit, the rare 7th seat option for more passenger capacity, the big Panorama sunroof, heated seats and more (see original window sticker / option list included below).
Mercedes R class diesel prices

This is a one owner vehicle that was purchased here at Sears Imports when new, it has been serviced here at Sears Imports throughout its life and was just traded in here last week on a new vehicle. It has a clean Carfax vehicle history report that you can see , for free, by clicking this link. This R class has just about 51,200 miles, it has been fully inspected and serviced and is now being sold as a Certified Pre Owned vehicle. It comes with a one year or up to 100,000 mile Certified Pre Owned warranty from Mercedes-Benz, you have the option of purchasing an additional year, or two of the same CPO warranty, all the way up to 135,000 miles if you want.

This is Sears Imports’ stock# 66062A, the price is $29,900. Please give me a call or drop me an email if you’d like to schedule a time to come in to see and drive this gem.