Mercedes-Benz Cars has record year in 2007, BMW still the leader

Mercedes-Benz Cars sales rose 2.0 percent in 2007 for a record 1.29 million units. Sales were driven by the new 2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class and SUVs. Daimler sold 261,500 units of the new 2008 Mercedes C-Class in all of 2007, up 57 percent. Sales of Mercedes-Benz SUVs rose 6 percent to 180,100 units

In 2007 we succeeded in laying the groundwork for sustainable, profitable growth, particularly with the market launches of the new Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the new Smart ForTwo,” CEO Dieter Zetsche said.

Sales of the Mercedes-Benz brand alone advanced 3.2 percent to nearly 1.19 million units. Sales at its Smart brand fell 10.3 percent to 100,600 units, while Maybach sales remained steady around 400 cars.

BMW is already the 2007 market leader, after its group sales rose 8.3 percent to 1.35 million cars in the first 11 months.

 

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