FRANKFURT -- Daimler said sales of its Mercedes-Benz Cars unit rose 12 percent to 159,021 last month, driven by robust demand in China and the United States, and strong sales of the Mercedes C-class sedan and GLA compact crossover.
Sales of Mercedes-brand cars were up 11 percent in April to 148,072, while deliveries at Smart increased by 31 percent to 10,949, boosted by a new generation of the brand's two-seat minicar and a new four-seat model.
Mercedes' strongest growth was in China where sales grew 21 percent to 27,069, Daimler said in a statement today. Deliveries in the U.S. were up 13 percent to 29,188. European sales rose 1.8 percent to 63,984 last month, while deliveries in Germany, the automaker’s largest European market, fell 4.9 percent to 23,224.
Sales of the Mercedes C class jumped by 54 percent last month, while demand for the GLA compact crossover rose 23 percent.
Four-month sales of Mercedes and Smart cars increased by 14.5 percent to 617,367, with Mercedes brand up 14 percent to 577,674 and Smart sales rising by 25 percent to 39,693.