Mercedes-Benz worldwide sales hit 202,819 in September; down from 2017

(October 8, 2018) STUTTGART, Germany — Mercedes-Benz sold 202,819 vehicles worldwide in September — down 8.2% from 2017 — and was at the high prior-year level in the first nine months of the year with sales of 1,715,087 units. In the third quarter, 526,255 vehicles were delivered to customers.

In addition, Mercedes-Benz certified its entire fleet for Europe according to the WLTP standard with effect as of Sept. 1. Certified vehicles are already on their way to the retailers, but despite the ongoing strong demand, it was not possible to fulfill all customers’ wishes in September.

Compared with the best September for unit sales achieved last year, sales were also impacted by delays in certification in some international markets and by model changes. In a highly competitive environment, Mercedes maintained its market leadership as the premium brand with the highest number of new registrations in the UK, Italy, France, Russia, Switzerland, Portugal, Sweden, Turkey, Japan, Australia, the U.S. and Mexico, among others.

“I am delighted that Mercedes-Benz has maintained the high level of prior-year sales in the first nine months of the year despite the challenges we faced in the third quarter. It is our goal to ensure that our customers can enjoy receiving their new vehicles as soon as possible — and this is exactly what our teams are currently working on intensively,” said Britta Seeger, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Cars Marketing and Sales.

“With the GLE, we presented the latest model of our most successful SUV ever to the public at the Paris Motor Show. Mercedes-Benz SUVs have been in the fast lane with our customers since the beginning of the year, with over 610,000 units sold worldwide.”

In the NAFTA region, 31,273 vehicles were delivered to customers last month (-9.9%). From January to September, unit sales there totaled 271,944 Mercedes-Benz passenger cars (-6.0%). In the United States, 26,169 vehicles were handed over to customers in September (-9.8%) and 225,384 in the first nine months of the year (-7.0%).

Thanks to ongoing strong growth rates, Mercedes-Benz set new sales records in Mexico in September as well as in the first nine months.