Mercedes April sales rise on China demand
FRANKFURT – Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz brand sales rose 8.2 percent to 100,703 vehicles in April, led by continued strong demand for luxury cars in China, the company said.
"Our sales figures in April marked a successful start into the second quarter and increased significantly in many markets. China, where we set a new sales record in April, continues to play an important role in driving our growth," Mercedes sales chief, Joachim Schmidt, said in a statement on Wednesday.
"We continue to be optimistic about the second quarter, during which we want to boost sales above last year's level," he added.
Sales in April rose 57 percent in South Korea and 20 percent in Taiwan. India and Russia led sales growth with an increase of 61 percent and 60 percent respectively, the statement said.
Car sales in China, including Hong Kong, jumped 47 percent to a record level of 16,536 units. In the U.S., where the overall car market grew 18 percent in April, Mercedes-Benz sales edged up 2.3 percent to 18,042 units. In its German home market, the automaker sold 22,270 cars in April, a rise of 3.3 percent.
Overall in western Europe, sales of Mercedes cars rose 2.2 percent last month to reach 46,817 units.
Bloomberg and Reuters contributed to this report