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November 7, 2005

GERMANY: Mercedes group sales rise 0.8% in first 10 months

Unit sales at DaimlerChrysler’s Mercedes Car Group division were up 1.3% on the year at 106,500 in October and up 0.8% in the January to October period to 985,100 cars.

Unit sales at DaimlerChrysler’s Mercedes Car Group division were up 1.3% on the year at 106,500 in October and up 0.8% in the January to October period to 985,100 cars.

According to Dow Jones, Mercedes brand unit sales rose 4.6% year on year in October to 94,200 cars. In the first 10 months 868,100 Mercedes cars were sold, up 0.4% compared with the same period last year.

More than 37,000 customers have bought the B-Class model, launched in June in Europe, while the newly launched R-Class has received positive customer feedback though no sales figure was given for the model.

Dow Jones said sales of the redesigned M-Class sports-utility vehicle contributed to increased unit sales this year. “Since the vehicle was launched in April in the U.S., its key sales market, sales have already reached 36,000 units,” the company reportedly said.

The redesigned S-Class flagship model also helped sales to improve, with deliveries up 25% in October, resulting in sales of 5,100 units.

However, unit sales of the troubled Smart mini-car brand fell 19% to 12,300 cars in October. But, in the first 10 months, Smart sold 117,000 cars, 3.2% more than in the same period last year, Dow Jones said.

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