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Mercedes-Benz sales in China rise 21 percent in February

BEIJING – Mercedes-Benz announced that it sold 2,800 vehicles across China in February, a year-on-year increase of 21 percent. Such growth is higher than China’s overall passenger vehicle segment which had an increase of 17.6 percent in average.

Mercedes-Benz’s five SUV models have become an important contributor to the German automaker’s achievements on the Chinese mainland, with 1,600 units sold in the first two months of 2009, up 61 percent year-on-year.

The M-Class off-road vehicles posted a sale increase of almost 50 percent in the first two months from the previous year. Sales of the R-Class luxury wagons increased 27 percent during the period, while the GL-Class SUVs increased 37 percent.

“We are very happy to see that Mercedes-Benz sustained its growth in February,” said Klaus Maier, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz (China) Ltd.

February auto sales in China surged 25 percent year-on-year, the first gain in four months. Passenger vehicle sales, including cars, SUVs and MPVs, rose 24 percent in February to 607,300 units, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).



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