Mercedes-Benz has achieved a new sales record, both for the month of September and for the third quarter. The 123,358 units delivered during the month topped the September 2011 record by 2.0%. In total, the company sold 312,001 units in the third quarter (+1.1%). At 964,926 vehicles (+5%) delivered, sales of the brand were likewise at a new record high for the year to date.

The Mercedes-Benz Cars division also set new sales records for September and the year to date. The company sold 132,606 (+2.4%) Mercedes-Benz, smart and Maybach brand vehicles during the month. Total sales for the first three quarters of 2012 rose 4.7% increase over the record volume achieved in the same period last year (1,043,910).

Sales and marketing head Joachim Schmidt said: “Despite numerous model changeovers and the difficult market environment in southern Europe, we sold more vehicles than ever before in September and the third quarter. Thus we are still on track to achieve a new sales record for the year as a whole.

“We expect further momentum in the fourth quarter, especially from our new models.”