By Marc Navarro Gonzalez
Daimler AG (DAI.XE) said on Friday that its Mercedes-Benz group sold 3.7% more vehicles in September, with increased SUV sales and a rise in Chinese demand.
Daimler said its Mercedes-Benz group sales in September rose to 233,655 units. The Mercedes-Benz brand had sales of 220,894 units, up 5%, while smart cars sales declined 9% to 12,761 units.
The Chinese market boosted September sales, with a gain of 11%. However, sales in the U.S. were down 1.7%.
The company said its SUV car segment reached an all-time high, rising 15%, due to solid sales of the GLA, the GLC, the GLC Coupe and the G-Class models.
"In September, we delivered more than 78,000 SUVs to customers, surpassing our previous best mark by more than 7,500 units," said Britta Seeger, who is responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales.
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