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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


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

Spring into a Lightly Used 2009 Mercedes SLK350 Arctic White w/ Black Just 23k Miles!

2009-SLK-350-Arctic White

This is a 2009 Mercedes Benz SLK350 roadster with low miles, just turn over 23,000! This was leased when new here at Sears Imports, the car resided in Wayzata throughout its lease term, it was just returned from its lease period last week. We’ve inspected and serviced the car fully, it is now being sold as a Certified Pre Owned Mercedes Benz. The original 4 year / 50,000 mile factory warranty is in place on this car, once that expires, you get an additional year or up to 100,000 miles of extended Certified Pre Owned Warranty.

This particular car is Arctic White in color with black leather interior. I have included a scan of the original window sticker / option list below for your reference, but some of the options on this one include: the Premium I Package (P1 Package) including things like satellite radio, an iPod connector, auto dimming mirrors, rain sensing windshield wipers and a bunch of other options. It’s also got the Multimedia Package which gives you navigation, the upgraded harmon/kardon stereo system, all kinds of great music options, a music register hard drive for storing music, this one has it all.. it’s even got the heating package which includes heated seats and the AIRSCARF feature.

Used Mercedes SLK prices

If you’ve been looking for a low mile, highly optioned SLK for the Summer, look no further. Original MSRP of this car was $59,055, it can be yours today for $38,900. This is Sears Imports stock# 20225, please give me a call if you’d like to schedule a test drive or set up a viewing of this fun roadster.

Fresh From Miami Beach! Certified Pre Owned Mercedes CLK550 Convertible In Stock Now, Special CPO Financing Available!

Mercedes CLK550 Cabriolet

The CLK is a classic Mercedes-Benz Convertible and this 2009 model represents the ultimate evolution of the CLK before it was discontinued and made way for the E class convertible for the 2010 model year. This is the big V8 version of the CLK, the CLK550 cabriolet.  (see below for a copy of the original equipment list).

This vehicle is being offered by Sears Imports as a Certified Pre Owned vehicle carrying extended Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre Owned warranty. The car went into service originally in July of 2009 which means the original factory new car warranty is still intact until July of 2013 or until the odometer reaches 50,000 miles. When that occurs the additional Certified Pre Owned warranty kicks in which is one more year of warranty or until the car reaches 100,000 miles, whichever happens first.

This CLK550 is very well equipped, it has a black exterior with black leather interior, it has the wood steering wheel option, heated and ventilated seats, KEYLESS GO, the Premium I Package (P1 Package) which includes things like the harmon/kardon stereo upgrade, satellite radio, and iPod kit and a host of other features that set this CLK cab apart from the more pedestrian CLK models out there.

You get what you pay for, and in this case, the value proposition is hard to deny. Originally costing more than $71,000 as a new vehicle just a few years ago, it represents an incredible value today, it’s priced at just $41,900 with a mere 21,444 original, one owner miles, it was a one owner lease from Miami Beach, FL that we just purchased from Mercedes-Benz Financial.

Special Finance Rates are available from Mercedes-Benz Financial this month on CPO CLK models, 1.99% up to 36 months, 2.99% up to 48 months and 3.99% up to 66 months. Give me a call today if you’d like more information or if you’d like to schedule a test drive.
Certified Pre Owned Mercedes CLK

German Muscle: 500 Horsepower V10 2007 BMW M5 Just Traded In at Sears Imports Minneapolis!

used BMW M5

This car is no joke… 5 liter, 500HP, V10… if you’re in a hurry and only the best will do, this is your car. This BMW M5 was just traded in here at Sears Imports. It’s got a black exterior with black interior, this car has the seven speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel mounted shifter paddles. The interior and exterior of this car are extremely nice.
2007 BMW M5 photos

It’s got navigation, the usual suspension tuning options from the cockpit and all the amenities you’ll need for high speed cruising in style. This particular example has had a number of enthusiast owners and has a clean Carfax vehicle history report. Mileage is currently 68,174 and it’s priced right at $36,900, Sears Imports Stock# 20002C… don’t miss this one, it won’t last long!

2007 BMW M5