BERLIN (Bloomberg) – Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand said January sales advanced 23 percent as Chinese consumers bought more of its luxury cars.
Mercedes deliveries rose to 82,700 vehicles from 67,000 a year earlier, the carmaker said in an e-mailed statement Thursday. Mercedes-Benz's China deliveries surged 87 percent to 15,600.
“We will be building on this excellent start in the coming weeks and expect significant sales growth in the first quarter,” sales chief Joachim Schmidt said in the statement.
“We have ambitious plans for 2011: Our goal is to surpass the sales record set in 2007 and achieve the best year in the company's history.”
Daimler, BMW AG and Volkswagen AG's Audi, the world's three biggest makers of luxury cars, last month forecast record sales in 2011, driven by vehicles such as BMW's 5 Series, Mercedes' top-of-the-line S Class and Audi's A8 flagship sedan.
BMW, the maker of Mini and Rolls-Royce models, said Jan.10 deliveries would exceed 1.5 million vehicles this year from 1.46 million in 2010. Audi is aiming to sell 1.2 million cars and SUVs, up from 1.09 million.
Mercedes expects record sales after delivering 1.17 million cars last year.
Including the Smart small-car unit, Daimler's registrations last month gained 23 percent to 89,400. Deliveries for the Smart city car climbed 20 percent to 6,700.