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GLK boosts Mercedes-Benz sales in Canada

Chris February 7, 2009

Whoever thought that the economic fortunes of the U.S. and Canada were linked would be puzzled by the fortunes of Mercedes-Benz north and south of the 49th parallel.

While January sales plummeted by an horrific 42.9% compared to January 2008 in the U.S., sales for the same period in Canada grew by 10.3%.

The importance of all this may be insignificant for the Mercedes-Benz hierarchy in Germany, given that the U.S. market is nearly 10 times larger than Canada, but maybe the Canadian success story might help to lift the gloom a little.

The 2010 GLK got off to a very good start, and the E-Class continued to sell well. The E-Class is great value right now – it comes with many options as standard that were previously part of expensive packages, and if you don’t like the new-2010 E-Class, now is the time to buy the outgoing model.

Press release in full after the break.

February 3, 2009

Mercedes-Benz starts the year with a new sales record

TORONTO, ON (February 3, 2009) – Mercedes-Benz Canada reported today that a total of 1,178 Mercedes-Benz vehicles were delivered to customers in January, representing a 10.3% increase compared to January 2008 and the best January ever for the Mercedes-Benz brand. In addition, smart reported 90 vehicles sold throughout the month, pushing the total Mercedes-Benz and smart combined units registered to 1,268.

Very strong B-Class, C-Class, E-Class, GLK-Class and M-Class model sales contributed to January’s success. With 237 units delivered to customers, the all-new 2010 GLK-Class was an exceptional seller in the first month that it was available in Canada. The C-Class also continued its impressive run, with 432 units retailed throughout the month of January.

Overall, the luxury light truck side posted impressive growth; ahead 88.1% compared to January 2008. The diesel sales ratio was 36.8% for the month, while permanent all-wheel drive 4MATICâ„¢ units accounted for 77.9% of the overall passenger car and light truck sales (excluding smart).

On the pre-owned side, the company reported 426 Mercedes-Benz units delivered for the month of January.

“I am proud to see that our customers recognize the unmatched value, safety and prestige offered by Mercedes-Benz vehicles,” said Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Canada. “Continued strong sales of the B-Class, C-Class and E-Class, and outstanding sales of our exciting range of premium SUVs, which has been further strengthened with the launch of the GLK-Class, shaped our sales story for this first month of 2009.”

Comments (2)

  1. Pingback: January North American Sales Figures - Benzworld.org - Mercedes Benz Discussion Forum

  2. I am shocked that Dr. Z would deny the GLK 63 AMG when it would be the pinnacle of automotive engineering with weight and horsepower close to that of a Nissan GT-R, which even has the same tire and wheel heights! It is absolutely ridiculous that there is a useless R63 AMG minivan and no GLK63 AMG! Is Dr. Z forgetting the number one selling vehicle in the world is trucks and they are mostly sold in America! Does he not realize that Americans love the Jeep SRT 8, the Trailblazer SS, and Ford Lightnings? Does he not realize they nailed the design with an agressive Jeep-like style in a well balanced all-wheel drive layout? Much more balanced than the overpowered C63! Stop production on the R63, GL63, ML63, and C63! GLK63 sales will soar over all other SUV’s and Sport Sedans!

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