For the first time in its 90 year history, Mercedes-Benz has delivered over 1 million vehicles in the first half of a calendar year.
Through January to June, the German superpower delivered 1,006,619 vehicles to customers around the world, representing a 12.1 per cent improvement over the same period in 2015.
These figures also help Mercedes post its 40th month in succession of record sales after delivering some 188,444 cars last month, 11.1 per cent more than June last year.
Breaking these results down by region, Europe remained the firm’s largest market, accounting for 444,581 vehicle deliveries. Asia Pacific is the next most prolific area for Mercedes where 346,220 cars were handed to customers. Of those, 219,999 came from China, making it the most important country of all, increasing by a massive 33.1 per cent from Jan-June 2015.
In news that won’t surprise anyone, the extensive fleet of Mercedes-Benz SUVs were the most popular after 339,541 units were sold. Next up was its range of compact cars, the A- and B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA, totalling 319,626 deliveries worldwide. C-Class sales topped 200,000 units but no sales details about remaining Mercedes models have been released.
Commenting on the results, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales Ola Kallenius said:
“We passed the million mark this year already in June and thus achieved the best half year in the company’s history. One third of all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars sold are in the SUV segment. This shows that our product offensive is paying off and that our completely renewed SUV portfolio is extremely well received by our customers.”