FRANKFURT -- Mercedes-Benz brand's vehicle sales rose 12 percent to 156,246 last month, as growth in Europe and China offset flat demand in the U.S.
The result marked three and a half years of continuous monthly records at the brand, Mercedes said in a statement.
Sales were boosted by the increasing popularity of the brand's SUVs, whose sales increased by 39 percent last month. Since 2011, sales of Mercedes SUVs have more than doubled.
"Thanks to their double-digit growth rate, the SUVs once again contributed significantly to the best-ever unit sales by Mercedes-Benz this August,” Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes' sales boss, said in the statement.
Eight-month brand registrations were up 12 percent to 1.32 million.
In Europe, Mercedes brand sales grew 13 percent, driven by a 12 percent rise in Germany. China sales jumped 25 percent, while Mercedes' U.S. volume was flat, rising just 0.1 percent.
Sales at Mercedes' small-car brand Smart rose 21 percent to 7,631 last month. Through August, Smart sales were up 18 percent at 91,708.
Combined Mercedes and Smart sales increased 12 percent to 163,877 in August. Eight-month registrations for the brands were up 12 percent to 1.41 million.