Representing a 4.0% increase year to date, November sales gain allow sales figures for Mercedes-Benz to reach record levels. Demand for crossovers and SUVs that were new and had a limited supply keep sales lower than they could have been. The limited availability of models like the new GLC hindered sales a bit, MBUSA is still on pace to set a record for this year.
According to the Mercedes-Benz press release,
“Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported November sales of 33,475 units, a decrease of 11.7% from the 37,925 vehicles sold during the same month last year. While MBUSA recorded its highest month of the year; runout of popular model lines and limited availability of top-selling SUVs, including the new GLC, resulted in a decline from last November, which was the highest sales month in MBUSA history.
Despite the constraints, MBUSA president and CEO Stephen Cannon said, “November brought us enough volume to assure an all-time record year for MBUSA.”
Mercedes-Benz Vans delivered 2,770 sales for the month of November, up 9.4% over November 2014, while smart recorded 662 units in November. On a year-to-date basis, Mercedes-Benz retails totaled 308,885, up 4.2%. Adding year-to-date sales of 25,843 for Vans and 6,815 for smart, MBUSA posted a grand total of 341,543 units through November, up 4.0%.
November sales for the Mercedes-Benz brand were led by the C-Class, GLE and E-Class model lines. The C-Class took the top spot with 7,239 units, followed by the newly introduced GLE-Class. The GLE finished second this month with 4,883 sales, a total of 14,353 units sold during its first four months on the market.
The brand’s AMG high-performance models posted a 121% monthly sales increase to 2,186 units in November, while year-to-date sales climbed 43.9% to 14,649. Sales of Mercedes-Benz BlueTEC diesel models recorded 583 for the month and 10,436 year-to-date.
Separately, Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) models delivered November sales of 9,406. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO has sold 108,635 vehicles, an increase of 0.8% over the comparable period last year (107,800 vehicles).”
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