Best May ever for Mercedes-Benz and Mercedes Groups, best month ever for smart: Mercedes-Benz Canada reports 2,046 units for May

    TORONTO, June 1 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that a total
of 2,046 Mercedes-Benz and smart units were registered for the month, 257
units ahead of last year's May results or an increase of 14.4%. This
represents a best May ever for the Mercedes Groups.
    On the Mercedes-Benz side, 1,514 units were delivered - also a best May
ever achievement - representing a growth of 181 units or a 13.6% increase
compared to May 2006 while we saw a year-to-date increase of 10%.
    For the first time since the launch of the smart brand in September 2004,
the monthly sales results crossed the 500-unit threshold; a total of 532 smart
fortwos were sold this month making it the best month ever. This sales level
topped May 2005 results by 76 units or by 16.7%.
    Strong B-Class, C-Class, S-Class, M-Class and smart fortwo sales
contributed to May's strong finish. Total Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales
were up by 11.2% for the month and ahead by 309 units or 6.5% on a
year-to-date basis, bringing the total to 5,039 units for the first five
months of the year.
    On the luxury light truck side, the M-Class, R-Class, G-Class and
GL-Class continued to show steady growth with a combined 20.9% increase over
last May and a 22.6% increase against year-to-date 2006 numbers.
    Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada said,
"Our complete model line performed very well again this month: our B-Class
sales were up by 52% while the E-Class pulled ahead by 114%. We are also very
proud to report that close to 40% of our May sales were diesel-propelled. Our
extensive environmentally friendly diesel portfolio continues to sell at a
very brisk rate which confirms that the Canadian consumer is indeed motivated
to embrace clean diesel technology and everything it stands for."

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