Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported May sales of 20,306 vehicles, a
5.9 % improvement over May 2010, and the best May on record since May 2008. On a year-to-date
basis, the 95,458 vehicles sold represent an 8.5 % increase.
The highest volume performers for the month were the E- and C-Class model lines. The 9th
generation E-Class led the pack with sales of 5,751, up 5% over May 2010. The sporty C-Class – the
gateway to the Mercedes-Benz brand for younger and first-time Mercedes-Benz buyers – continued its
strong momentum with sales of 4,936. MBUSA’s compact SUV, the GLK-Class, finished third in
volume with monthly sales of 2,214, up 22.1% over last year. Additionally, sales of the versatile
R-Class crossover were up 237 % over May 2010.
Sales of Mercedes-Benz diesel models were up 108.5% for the month (1,147 versus 550) and
up 115.8 % for the year (4,722 versus 2,188).
At the high end, the company sold 21 of its supercar — the SLS AMG — bringing its year-todate
sales to 330.
Sales of Sprinter Vans also increased by 126.1% for the month, with sales of 1,420 – bringing
a year-to-date total of 5,184 (up 102.1 %).
Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned (MBCPO) program, MBUSA
sold 6,818 vehicles in May 2011, a decrease of 2.1%. On a year-to-date basis, MBCPO sold 33,450
vehicles, a decrease of 4.1 % over the comparable period last year.