A total of 198,921 cars were delivered to customers worldwide in March 2016, more than ever before in one month (+8.4%), with new records set in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

Unit sales in the first quarter reached a new high of 483,487 vehicles (+12.6%), representing the best first quarter in its history. The German automotive manufacturer achieved double-digit growth in Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Portugal in the first quarter.

Sales in Europe totalled 97,748 units in March (+9.8%) and unit sales increased 17.9% in the Asia-Pacific region, with 63,888 cars delivered. In China, 38,133 units were sold (+26.6%). New records were achieved for unit sales in March and in the first quarter in China, South Korea, Australia and Taiwan.

Over 150,000 compact cars were sold in the first quarter (+25.8%). Unit sales of C-Class Saloon and Estate surpassed 40,000 units in March 2016. The C-Class segment is being strengthened with the new C-Class Cabriolet. It debuted at the Geneva Motor Show and is the new entry model into the cabriolet world of Mercedes-Benz.

The E-Class Saloon and Estate were among the best-selling models in March and the SUVs continue to contribute to the growth with deliveries up 44.4% in the month, more than ever before.  Growth in March was particularly strong in China, the USA, Germany and Great Britain. The SUV family is to be expanded with the new GLC Coupé, which recently had its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show.