TORONTO, Sept. 4, 2013 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada and its national dealer network reported today that the company has delivered 3,066 Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart vehicles in August. This impressive result represents the best August ever for the group, and an increase of 23.0% for the month. In total, 23,716 units have been sold by the Mercedes-Benz Canada network of corporate retail stores and private dealers year-to-date.
Mercedes-Benz passenger cars and luxury light trucks recorded 2,435 units retailed. This is up 20.7% when compared to August 2012, and pushed total sales to 20,239 units this year. A total of 1,366 passenger cars were delivered, which amounts to an increase of 7.7% for the month. The C-Class continued to be a very popular choice among Canadians, with sales of the C-Class Coupe ahead a notable 12.2%.
Luxury light truck sales were up 42.7% for the month with a total of 1,069 units sold. This outstanding figure was fueled by continued strong demand across the entire vehicle range. For example, retail deliveries of M-Class and GL-Class were ahead by 88.4% and 63.6% respectively in August.
The diesel take rate for luxury light trucks was 76.3% for the month, while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC™ units accounted for 79.4% of overall passenger car and light truck sales in August (excluding smart).
smart reported brisk sales in August with a total of 403 vehicles retailed. This equates to an overall increase of 40.9% compared to August 2012.
A total of 228 Mercedes-Benz Sprinters were delivered throughout the month. This represents a 20.0% increase for the month, and helped boost overall growth for the division to 26.5% with 2,236 units sold.
The Mercedes-Benz Pre-Owned division reported 1,248 retail deliveries throughout August. A grand total of 9,005 Certified Pre-Owned units have been sold by dealerships across the country year-to-date.
"I would like to thank all of our dealers and every employee across the country for their continued hard work and steadfast focus on sustaining our sales momentum throughout the summer months," said Tim A. Reuss, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "We enter the fall selling season well-positioned with a highly compelling vehicle portfolio and many exciting new products including the sporty CLA-Class and the E 250 BlueTEC 4MATIC which will set the standard for fuel efficiency in the luxury segment. Without a doubt, there has never been a more opportune time to visit your local Mercedes-Benz dealership to acquaint yourself with our exceptional 2014 product range."
About Mercedes-Benz Canada
Mercedes-Benz Canada is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of the three brands within the Mercedes-Benz Group in Canada: Mercedes-Benz, AMG and smart. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc. employs approximately 1,450 people in 21 locations across Canada. Through a nationwide network of 12 Mercedes-Benz owned retail operations and 41 authorized dealerships, Mercedes-Benz Canada sold 35,503 vehicles in 2012, the best year ever reported for Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
SOURCE: Mercedes-Benz Canada Inc.
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