Daimler AG (stock exchange abbreviation DAI) today reported U.S. sales of 18,608 Mercedes-Benz and smart vehicles, an improvement of 5.5 Percent compared to July 2009. All sales figures in this release are on an unadjusted basis unless otherwise noted.

Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported July sales of 18,048 vehicles, an increase of 11.2% for the month, with a 23.4% increase on a year-to-date basis. 17,367 passenger cars, light truck vehicles and 681 Sprinter vans are included in this total.

Impressive gains continued in both the Mercedes-Benz passenger car and light-truck categories. The strongest performer for the month was the 9th generation E-Class, introduced last spring, with sales of 5,462 – bringing it’s year-to-date total to 33,240 (up 82.1% YTD). This was followed by the popular C-Class – the gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger as well as first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – with sales of 5,309 for the month. The versatile M-Class SUV rounded out the top three volume performers with sales of 1,973 for the month.

Also showing strong gains in July is the spacious R-Class crossover (up 772.2%), the commanding GL-Class SUV (up 39.7%) and the flagship S-Class sedan (up 22.1%). The company also sold 47 of its newly launched supercar, the SLS AMG, bringing its year-to-date sales to 265.

On a year-to-date basis, the company sold 125,015 new vehicles, an increase of 23.4 % over last year.

smart USA recorded 560 sales in July 2010. In July, smart USA launched “smart Expressions,” a program that allows for vehicle customization with an unlimited palette of paint color choices and a variety of body wrap designs. The program enables owners to transform their smart fortwo into a mobile masterpiece. smart USA has also been showcasing the new smart fortwo electric drive in markets across the country as it prepares to deploy a test fleet of 250 electric drive vehicles with like-minded partners in the United States this fall. From 2012 the smart fortwo electric drive will be available to anyone interested in almost 40 smart markets.
Detailed vehicle sales information for MBUSA will be announced in a separate press release issued by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Source: Daimler AG