Mercedes-Benz Canada reports its best August ever

    TORONTO, Sept. 1 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported its best August
ever today with a combined total of 2,260 Mercedes-Benz and smart units
registered for the month. This represents a 10.9% increase compared to August
2008, and pushes combined growth to 5.9% with 17,446 units delivered
    The Mercedes-Benz brand also reported its best August ever with a total
of 1,992 vehicles delivered throughout the month. The Mercedes-Benz side is
ahead 20.5% compared to August 2008, and up 17.0% on a year-to-date basis with
a total of 15,939 units retailed. smart delivered a total of 268 smart fortwos
throughout the month, and has sold 1,732 vehicles year-to-date.
    Strong B-Class, C-Class, E-Class Coupe, S-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class and
GL-Class model sales contributed to August's success. S-Class sales were up
56.9% for the month, and the C-Class and GLK-Class models both continued to be
outstanding sellers. Year-to-date, 5,048 C-Class and 3,416 GLK350 4MATIC units
have been retailed.
    Total Mercedes-Benz passenger car and luxury light truck sales were both
ahead for the month; up 3.0% and 81.1% respectively. Passenger car sales total
9,606 year-to-date, and luxury light truck sales stand at 6,108 units, which
represents a 93.4% increase for light trucks in 2009.
    The diesel sales ratio was 62.3% for the month, while permanent all-wheel
drive 4MATIC(TM) units accounted for 73.2% of the overall passenger car and
light truck sales (excluding smart).
    A total of 757 pre-owned Mercedes-Benz vehicles were delivered in the
month of August. This represents a 33.7% increase from August 2008, and brings
total 2009 pre-owned sales to 5,420 units; a 14.7% increase compared to this
time last year.
    "The powerful combination of outstanding products, dedicated employees
and a strong and supportive dealership network continued to serve us well in
August," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada.
"The striking E-Class Coupe sustained significant attention throughout the
month, and anticipation and enthusiasm remain high as the all-new E-Class
Sedan arrives at dealerships. This beautifully styled and technologically
advanced sedan provides another compelling reason for existing and new
customers to visit our showrooms across the country - completing the new
E-Class family and rounding out our exceptionally strong 2010 product range."

    About Mercedes-Benz Canada

    Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service
of the four brands within the Mercedes Car Group in Canada; Mercedes-Benz,
smart, AMG and Maybach. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz
Canada employs approximately 1,050 people in 19 locations across Canada.
Through a nationwide network of 14 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and
38 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 24,117 vehicles in 2008,
the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.

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