KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) had another record-breaking achievement in 2012, registering a nine per cent rise in sales to 8,085 units of passenger cars and commercial vehicles from 7,400 units previously.
MBM president and chief executive officer Roland S. Folger said the performance was impressive despite a dip in overall premium car sales in the third quarter due to market uncertainty.
"Our sales surged 30 per cent in the fourth quarter to power us to a strong finish to the year.
"We are buoyant on expectations for 2013 and look forward to reinforcing and growing our equity in the premium automotive and commercial vehicle segment," he said in a statement.
Mercedes-Benz's core C and E-Class maintained their momentum, accounting for almost 88 per cent of total car sales.
Deliveries of the C-Class were up 18 per cent to 2,651 units, while the E-Class kept pace with 2,453 units delivered, up from 2,276 from before.
The introduction of the latest generation Mercedes-Benz B class B200 variant in July registered strong sales in the second half of 2012 with 378 units sold.
The debut of the B200 in July kick-started the sales momentum and it is expected to carry forward in 2013.
Meanwhile, sales of the M-Class premium SUV grew 67 per cent to 85 units on the back of the introduction of the new M-Class in July.
"With more than 1.2 million vehicles sold globally, the M-Class is the best-selling SUV in its segment and we look forward to continuing that trend and make an important contribution to our sales growth in this segment over the coming years," said Folger.
In the commercial vehicl es segment, MBM delivered 12 per cent more vehicles, with sales of Mitsubishi FUSO trucks growing 25 per cent to 2,180 units from 1,756 units in the previous year.
According to Folger, MBM was confident of growing Mercedes-Benz's equity in the premium automotive and also the commercial vehicles segments in 2013.