FRANKFURT -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars rose a record 11 percent in April to 164,063, boosted by strong deliveries in Europe and China, which helped offset flat demand in the U.S.
"We have grown now for 38 months in succession and with five market launches we had a good start to the second quarter," Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes's sales chief, said in a statement.
In addition to a new version of its E class, the automaker has launched a range of convertible models, including the SL, SLC and S-class Cabriolet, providing further growth momentum, Kaellenius said.
Four-month brand registrations were up 12 percent to 647,550, setting a new record for the period.
In Europe, April sales grew 14 percent to 73,070. The big rise was due in part to strong demand in Germany, where deliveries rose 11 percent to 25,777 vehicles. China sales jumped 32 percent to 35,625 while Mercedes' U.S. volume was virtually flat, rising just 0.2 percent to 29,236.
Combined sales of Mercedes and Smart cars rose 11 percent in April to 176,151. Four-month registrations were up 13 percent to 695,091.
Global demand for Smart vehicles rose 10 percent to 12,088 last month, helped by the recent launches of the new ForTwo and ForFour models. Through April, Smart sales were up 20 percent to 47,541.
Reuters contributed to this report