Mercedes-Benz passenger car sales in August rose 7.9% year on year to 87,384 units. Year to date volume rose 8.5% to 798,306 units.

Sales and marketing chief Joachim Schmidt said: “We expect strong sales in the second half of the year and want to grow compared to last year. Record sales over the past eight months have created a very good basis for us to meet our full-year target of selling over 1.35m cars.”

Chinese sales rose 3.2% last month to 13,812 and by 35.8% to 120,234 units year to date. The company expects sales to get a further boost in the coming months due to the greater availability of single model ranges, the ramp-up of local production for the new generation C-Class as well as the launch of new products such as the SLK, C-Class coupe and the CLS.