Mercedes-Benz recorded record sales last month with a total of 120,982 vehicles worldwide and the company is on track for an all-time annual high.

Passenger car sales since the beginning of the year have reached 919,288, an increase of 7.6%.

Sales and marketing head Joachim Schmidt said:  “After posting a record in the second quarter, we also achieved our highest sales ever in September and for the third quarter as a whole.

“Positive momentum was generated especially in China, where we also noted record sales. We will continue to grow in the fourth quarter as well, so we are on track to make 2011 the most successful year in our company’s history.”

Schmidt added: "According to the latest Interbrand study, Mercedes-Benz is already the most valuable brand in Europe. From November the new M-Class as well as the new B-Class will generate additional sales momentum for us and will enhance the brand’s image in public even further."

As in the past few months, Mercedes-Benz was able to raise sales in many of its markets in September. In China it increased sales by 12.7% to a record 15,272 units. A total of 135,506 vehicles have been delivered in China since January, an increase of 32.8%.

Records were also posted in Taiwan (+57.9%), Russia (+44.6%), South Korea (+37.4%), and India (+14.1%).

In the US, sales of Mercedes-Benz vehicles have increased by 6.3% since the beginning of the year to 169,862 with September sales up 9% to 21,649.

At home in Germany, Mercedes-Benz remained the most successful premium brand in September with sales reaching 24,514 units.

Last month, the new C-Class sedan was the top-selling vehicle in its class for the sixth month in a row. A total of 26,816 were delivered in September, up nearly 9%.