FRANKFURT -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz brand luxury vehicles rose 7.9 percent in August to 87,384 units, parent company Daimler AG said, reaffirming its volume target for 2011 thanks to a forecast strong second-half demand.
"Record sales over the past eight months have created a very good basis for us to meet our full-year target of selling over 1.35 million Mercedes-Benz cars and Smart ForTwo - that's more than ever before," Mercedes sales chief Joachim Schmidt said in a statement on Monday.
Since the beginning of the year, the company has delivered 798,306 cars, a rise of 8.5 percent over 2010 figures.
Last year Daimler sold almost 1.28 million Mercedes and Smart vehicles
In China, sales of the Mercedes-Benz brand rose just 3.2 percent last month to 13,812, due to reduced demand for the automaker's aging C-class vehicle, its biggest model-line by volume. Sales in the first eight months however rose 35.8 percent to 120,234 units.
Last month Daimler said it expected "clear growth" in sales in China during the third quarter, when the face-lifted C-class version becomes available.
In its German home market, the automaker sold 19,412 cars in July, a rise of 23.2 percent over 2010 figures. Sales here were boosted by the availability of the new generation C class. Between January and August, Mercedes-Benz delivered 165,523 cars in Germany, a rise of 2.3 percent.
Overall in western Europe, sales of Mercedes cars rose 13.8 percent last month to 32,940 units. Eight-month sales of the brand grew 0.4 percent to 323,084 units.
In the U.S. the carmaker saw sales fall in August by 1.9 percent to 18,477 units. Since the beginning of the year, overall sales have risen 6.1 percent to 148,409.
Sales of Daimler's Smart brand rose 0.5 percent in August to 5,778 cars. In the first eight months, the automaker sold 69,073 cars, a rise of 6.6 percent.
In August, the overall sales for Mercedes-Benz Cars grew 7.4 percent to 93,162 units. Between January and August the total reached 867,379 units, a rise of 8.4 percent.
According to a report in a German newspaper on Sunday, Mercedes-Benz rival BMW AG, saw its August sales rise by 7 percent to hit a record level of more than 100,000 units.
The report quoted the automaker's CFO Friedrich Eichiner, as saying he saw no reason to lower BMW's 2011 sales forecast of more than 1.6 million cars.
Reuters contributed to this report