FRANKFURT -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars jumped 12 percent in October to a record 173,096 as strong demand in Europe and China helped offset a fall in demand in the U.S.
Ten-month registrations at the brand were up 12 percent to 1.71 million, the automaker said in a statement on Monday.
In Europe, Mercedes brand sales grew 9.6 percent to 71,635, despite a 1.1 percent fall to 23,972 in Germany. China sales jumped 27 percent to 42,224, while Mercedes' U.S. volume dropped 1 percent to 28,659.
Sales at small-car brand Smart rose 9.4 percent to 11,510 last month. Through October, they were up 19 percent to 117,205.
Combined Mercedes and Smart sales increased 11 percent in October to 184,606. Ten-month registrations for the brands were up 12 percent to 1.82 million.