Mercedes-Benz reports eleven consecutive months of double-digit sales growth
and the best November ever

TORONTO, Dec. 1 /CNW/ - Mercedes-Benz Canada reported the best November in its history today with a total of 2,240 Mercedes-Benz and smart combined units registered for the month. This is up 424 units or 23.3% compared to November 2008, and brings year-to-date growth to 11.3% for the group.

With a total of 2,071 Mercedes-Benz vehicles delivered throughout November, the Mercedes-Benz brand also reported its best November ever and eleven uninterrupted months of double-digit sales growth so far this year. This month's sales results represent a gain of 432 units or 26.4% compared to November 2008, and propel overall growth to 19.6% with 22,457 vehicles retailed year-to-date.

smart reported a total of 169 smart fortwos sold throughout the month. Year-to-date, smart has retailed 2,441 units.

Strong C-Class, E-Class Sedan, E-Class Coupe, S-Class, GLK-Class, M-Class and GL-Class model sales contributed to November's success. Sales of the spacious R-Class and the luxurious GL-Class both remained strong and showed a gain of 37.1% and 34.0% respectively for the month. In addition, the all-new E-Class line-up continued to perform extremely well throughout November.

Overall, Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales were up 4.9% for the month, totaling 1,211 units for November and 13,646 vehicles year-to-date.

Luxury light trucks also continued to achieve impressive sales figures with 860 units sold throughout the month. This represents an increase of 77.3% compared to November 2008, and 94.7% overall growth for the segment with 8,811 units delivered year-to-date.

The company's diesel sales ratio was 72.4% for the month while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATIC(TM) units accounted for 83.2% of the overall passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).

The Mercedes-Benz pre-owned side also reported its best November ever with a total of 658 units delivered. This is ahead 219 units or 49.9% for the month, and up 21.3% for the year with a total of 7,626 units sold to date.

"The significant investments in our Mercedes-Benz owned retail stores and authorized dealerships continue to pay dividends and have helped us improve our ability to meet the growing needs of our valued customers," said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. "With an incredibly supportive network of dealers and a state-of-the-art national infrastructure, we've maintained impressive momentum and achieved record-breaking double digit year-over-year growth every month for the Mercedes-Benz brand so far this year. I am extremely proud of this achievement, and recognize that it is a direct result of everyone's hard work and dedication to our fascinating vehicles."

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 1,250 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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SOURCE Mercedes-Benz Canada

For further information: For further information: JoAnne Caza, (416) 847-7550,; Michael Minielly, (416) 847-7509,

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