FRANKFURT -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars jumped 13 percent in May to 170,625 as strong demand in Europe and China helped to offset a drop in the U.S.
Sales were also helped by robust deliveries of SUVs and compact models, which rose 16 percent and 42 percent respectively.
Five-month registrations at the brand were up 12 percent to 818,175, the automaker said in a statement today.
In Europe, Mercedes brand sales grew 13 percent to 74,268, helped by a 4.9 percent rise to 23,343 in Germany. China sales jumped 39 percent to 38,271, while Mercedes' U.S. volume slipped 1 percent to 29,299.
Sales of Smart cars rose 15 percent to 12,882 last month, helped by the recent launches of the new ForTwo and ForFour models. Through May, Smart sales were up 19 percent to 60,363.
Combined sales of Mercedes and Smart cars increased 13 percent in May to 183,447. Five-month registrations were up 13 percent to 878,538.
Reuters contributed to this report