Mercedes-Benz Canada reports its best January ever with a 33.5% increase

TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that a total of 1,693 Mercedes-Benz and smart combined units were registered for the month. This represents a 33.5% increase compared to January 2009 and the best January ever for the Mercedes-Benz Canada group.

On the Mercedes-Benz side, a total of 1,605 vehicles were delivered in January. This also represents the best January ever, and a gain of 427 units or 36.2% year-over-year.

smart reported that sales remained consistent with January 2009 levels with a total of 88 vehicles sold throughout the month.

Buoyant B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class, R-Class and GL-class model sales contributed to January's success. E-Class Sedan sales were up an impressive 109.8%, and exceptionally strong demand pushed sales of the GLK-Class, ML-Class and GL-Class up an impressive 65.0%, 71.0% and 143.6% respectively for the month.

With 832 units retailed, passenger car sales were up 10.8% compared to January 2009. The luxury light truck side also continued to post significant growth and ended the month ahead 81.0% compared to previous year's results. The diesel sales ratio was 67.2% for the month, while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC(TM) units accounted for 80.8% of the overall passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).

Pre-owned Mercedes-Benz results also reported their best January ever with 502 units delivered. This represents a 15.4% increase year-to-date.

"We closed out 2009 on an extremely positive note, and I'm very pleased that we are maintaining last year's record-breaking momentum by starting the year with strong year-over-year sales growth," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "With Sprinter now fully integrated into our line-up, we have added yet another class-leading vehicle to our fascinating product portfolio. Collectively, we will continue to remain focused on our number one priority; offering customers a range of highly desirable vehicles and providing an unmatched ownership experience at every turn."

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 1,250 people in 19 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 39 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 26,942 vehicles in 2009, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

Further information from Mercedes-Benz is available on the internet at: www.media.mercedes-benz.ca

SOURCE Auto Sales

For further information: For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550, joanne.caza@mercedes-benz.ca; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509, michael.minielly@mercedes-benz.ca

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