FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz achieved its highest ever monthly brand sales in March as deliveries rose 8.4 percent to 198,921, with strong demand in Europe and China helping to offset a drop in U.S. volume.
The result is the 37th consecutive month of increased volume at the luxury brand.
Three-month registrations rose 13 percent to 483,487, the company said Wednesday in a statement.
In Europe, March sales jumped 9.8 percent to 97,748, including a 4.4 percent rise in Germany to 28,316. In the U.S., deliveries fell 5.9 percent to 28,164, while China sales were up to 38,133, an increase of 27 percent.
Brand sales were lifted by robust SUV demand, which rose 44 percent in March, and a 22 percent rise in deliveries of compact vehicles.
Combined sales of Mercedes and Smart cars rose 10 percent in March to 215,035. Three-month registrations were up 13 percent to 518,940.
Global demand for Smart vehicles rose 35 percent to 16,114 last month, helped by the recent launches of new ForTwo and ForFour models. Through March, registrations were up 23 percent to 35,453.
Reuters contributed to this report