TORONTO, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada and its dealer
network reported today that a grand total of 2,300 Mercedes-Benz and
smart units were delivered to customers throughout the month of August.
This represents a 2.9% year-to-date sales increase, with a
record-breaking 21,336 units delivered so far in 2011.
A total of 2,021 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and luxury light trucks
were retailed for the month. With 1,317 units delivered, passenger car
sales outperformed August 2010 results and posted a 9.8% increase on a
monthly basis. This propelled overall year-to-date growth for passenger
car sales in Canada to 4.2%, with 11,593 units retailed.
Strong C-Class, SLK-Class, E-Class, and GLK-Class model sales
contributed to August's success. With deliveries up an impressive 30.8%
from last August, the E-Class Coupe showed remarkable growth for the
month. In addition, sales of the C-Class continued to post gains this
month, with deliveries up a notable 17.9% in August.
The diesel take rate for luxury light trucks was 77.0% for the month,
while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC™ units accounted for 70.4% of
overall passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).
smart reported a total of 130 vehicles sold in August.
A total of 149 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters were delivered throughout the
month. Year-to-date, Sprinter sales are ahead by 102.5%, with a total
of 1,549 deliveries.
Mercedes-Benz Pre-Owned sales also reported by far their best August
ever with 1,313 units sold. This represents an increase of 333 units or
34.0% on a monthly basis, and brings our year-to-date growth to 26.3%
with a total of 8,705 Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz units.
"We are currently in the process of transitioning our inventory as the
2012 models are beginning to arrive at our dealerships from
coast-to-coast," said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz
Canada. "While new vehicle inventory levels may be slightly lower than
usual during this interim period, especially for our luxury light
trucks, it is extremely rewarding to see continued exponential growth
of our Pre-Owned sales in Canada. This demonstrates that the
significant investments in our Pre-Owned processes and infrastructure
have most definitely translated into incremental sales, allowing us to
expand the Mercedes-Benz family in record numbers."
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service
of the four brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada:
Mercedes-Benz, smart, AMG, and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto,
Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,300 people
in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 13
Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 40 authorized dealerships,
Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 31,651 vehicles in 2010, the best year ever
reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
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