Mercedes-Benz achieves new Q1 sales record in China

2021-04-07 16:36:24 GMT2021-04-08 00:36:24(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

BERLIN, April 7 (Xinhua) -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz in China in the first quarter of 2021 increased by 60.1 percent to 222,520 cars, a new first quarter (Q1) record for deliveries in China, the German carmaker Daimler announced on Wednesday.

In January, deliveries of Mercedes-Benz in China almost reached the "milestone" of 100,000 vehicles in a single month. "Due to the continuing strong sales development in China", deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region rose by 46.6 percent in Q1, Daimler noted in a statement.

In Europe, Mercedes-Benz delivered 192,302 vehicles, a slight increase of 1.8 percent compared to the same quarter last year, "despite ongoing lockdown measures in many markets," according to Daimler.

In the company's domestic market, however, Mercedes-Benz only sold 54,446 cars in the first quarter and recorded a year-on-year decline of 15.4 percent.

Sales in the United States reached 78,256 units in the first quarter of the year and were up by 15.5 percent compared to the same period the year before.

Overall, Mercedes-Benz sold 590,999 passenger cars in the first quarter, a year-on-year increase of 22.3 percent. According to Daimler, sales were "driven by China and U.S. retail sales as well as strong demand for plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles." Enditem