Mercedes-Benz reported best-ever March
Retail volumes for Sprinter Vans climbed 24.2% to 2,379, combining with 583 units at smart for a March total of 32,883 for Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA). Year-to-date, Mercedes-Benz delivered 78,156 vehicles, up 7.6%. Adding 5,559 units for Sprinter and 1,533 units for smart, MBUSA achieved a record first-quarter close of 85,248 units.
As a whole, Mercedes-Benz passenger cars posted a 2% quarterly gain with sales of 49,166 through March. On the light trucks side, volumes increased 18.6% to 28,990.
March volume leaders for Mercedes-Benz included the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The C-Class held the lead with 7,635 units, increasing 34.9% from the 5,660 units sold in March 2014. The E-Class followed with sales of 4,489, while the M-Class, to be succeeded by the GLE this summer, rounded out the top three at 4,023. At the high end, G-Class sales increased 13.7%.
Mercedes-Benz AMG high performance models delivered 1,159 units in March, up 14.9%, with year-to-date volumes totaling 2,707. Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel models sold 1,540 vehicles in March and 3,240 units in the first quarter.
Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models recorded March sales of 9,163, with year-to-date volumes reaching 28,439. ■