Mercedes-Benz started into the second quarter of 2014 with strong growth: In April, the company delivered 133,077 vehicles to customers around the world, posting growth of 14.2%. With sales of more than half a million vehicles, the brand recorded a sales increase of 14.9% since the beginning of the year.
The greatest growth driver was once more the Asian market: In China including Hong Kong, Mercedes-Benz delivered 22,438 vehicles in April, 38.2% more than in the same month of the previous year. In mid-April the company celebrated the world premiere of the new C-Class long version at the “Auto China” motor show in Beijing. The new extended C-Class version, which is 80 millimeters longer, will be produced at Beijing Benz Automotive Co., Ltd. (BBAC) in Beijing exclusively for the Chinese market and will come on the market there in the third quarter. The introduction of the model marks another milestone in the implementation of Daimler’s China strategy. China is the second-largest market for the C-Class sedan after the USA.
The compact city car Smart Fortwo was handed over to customers 8,392 times in April (PY 8,740 units). The two-seater is attracting increasing numbers of customers, especially in the USA (+57.1%) and in China (+20.9%). The next generation of the smart will celebrate its world premiere in Berlin, Germany in July with a two- and four-seater.
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