Mercedes-Benz Canada reports best month ever with 2,632 units



    Mercedes-Benz sales up by 44.8%

    TORONTO, June 3 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that an
all-time record-breaking total of 2,632 units were registered for the month of
May. It is the first time in Mercedes-Benz Canada's history that it reports
more than 2,000 Mercedes-Benz units in a month and also the first time that
the group sells more than 2,500 combined Mercedes-Benz and smart models in one
month.
    On the Mercedes-Benz side, a monthly record of 2,192 units were
delivered, representing a gain of 678 units or a 44.8% increase compared to
May 2007 while we saw a year-to-date growth of 21.3%. A total of 440 smart
fortwos were reported sold in May which brings the year-to-date total to
1,553 units, up by 33.1%. The combined Mercedes-Benz and smart sales at
2,632 units represents an increase of 586 units or gains of 28.6% for the
month and an impressive five month cumulative total of 9,609 units or an
increase of 23.1% on a year-to-date basis.
    Very strong B-Class, C-Class, S-Class, SL-Class, M-Class and GL-Class
model sales contributed to this May's success. The next generation All-New
2008 C-Class accounted for more than 900 units, up by almost 350%. The B-Class
and the M-Class retail deliveries were up respectively by 16.7% and 27.9% in
May. The company's diesel sales ratio was 59.8% for the month while the
permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC(TM) units accounted for 63.2% of the overall
passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).
    Total Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales were ahead by 622 units, a 55.5%
gain for the month and ahead by 23.5% on a year-to-date basis.
    On the luxury light truck side, the M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class
performed again very well in May with 450 sales and a gain of 14.2% compared
to May 2007 results; the light trucks have shown a growth of 14.4% so far for
the year with 1,831 units.
    On the pre-owned side, the company reported 707 Mercedes-Benz units for
the month. For the first five months of this year, 2,768 pre-owned units have
been retailed which represents a 21.8% increase against year-to-date May 2007
results.
    Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada said, "It
is the first time in Mercedes-Benz Canada's history that we break the
2,000-unit monthly threshold for the Mercedes-Benz brand and also the first
time that we surpass the 2,500-unit mark for the group. To say that we are
pleased would be an understatement; 2,632 units including smart is a
significant achievement. I would like to thank once again every single member
of our organization - in every dealership, retail store, regional office, and
also at our headquarter; I know how hard everyone has worked this month to
make these results come to fruition. I also want to thank our customers for
the confidence they expressed by buying our product. We will live up to their
expectation and do everything we can to satisfy every single one of them."





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For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,
caza@mercedes-benz.ca

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