Mercedes-Benz Canada reports best July ever with gains of 54.4%

    TORONTO, Aug. 1 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today its best July
ever with a total of 2,309 units registered for the month. This is up 814
units or 54.4% compared to July 2007, and brings the year-to-date total to
14,434 units; an increase of 28.8% compared to last year at this time.
    A total of 1,807 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were delivered in July. This
represents the best July ever, a gain of 631 units or a 53.7% increase
compared to July 2007 and pushes year-to-date growth to 29.4%. A total of 502
smart fortwos were sold in July, ahead by 57.4% vis-à-vis July 2007. This
represents the best July ever for smart and brings the year-to-date total to
2,466 units, up 26.3% from this time last year.
    Very strong B-Class, C-Class, SL-Class, M-Class and GL-Class model sales
contributed to July's success. The next generation C-Class continued to be an
outstanding seller, ahead 175.6% from this time last year. Retail deliveries
of the M-Class were up an impressive 120.6%, totaling 386 units for July, and
GL-Class deliveries also remained strong and showed a gain of 20.5% for the
month. The company's diesel sales ratio was 64.5% for the month while the
permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC(TM) units accounted for 59.2% of the overall
passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).
    Total Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales of 1304 units were ahead by 479
units, a 58.1% gain for the month and up 32.1% on a year-to-date basis.
    On the luxury light truck side, the M-Class, R-Class and GL-Class
performed very well again in July with 503 sales and a gain of 43.3% compared
to July 2007 results. Light trucks have shown a growth of 21.1% so far this
year with 2,788 units delivered.
    On the pre-owned side, the company reported 616 Mercedes-Benz units
delivered for the month of July, up 77 units from July 2007 and bringing the
year to date total to 4,297 units which represents an increase of 18%.
    "Our exciting product range and the hard work of our dealers and each and
every employee continues to be reflected in our strong sales results," said
Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "We've
already broken numerous records and reported our strongest first half year
sales results ever, and I'm pleased to see this sustained momentum as we enter
the second half of the year. From our fuel efficient B-Class, smart fortwo and
impressive range of diesel models to our award winning C-Class, legendary
SL-Class and everything in between, I am proud to welcome many new Canadians
buyers into the Mercedes-Benz family. We will make every effort to ensure we
meet every customer's expectations."

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