Daimler's Car Sales Jump Almost 18% in May

Sales in China increased 121%

Daimler, which makes Mercedes-Benz cars, said it sold 101,400 vehicles worldwide, up 17.5% compared with the same month last year, amid record deliveries in China and strong demand for its E- and S-Class sedans.

In China, sales leapt by 121% to 11,500 units and in the United States by 22.6% to 18,500 vehicles.

German sales slipped by 3.5% to 24,700 however, and the minicar Smart also struggled, with a global drop of 15.2% to 9,300 units.

Sales director Joachim Schmidt hailed the fact that "in May, Mercedes-Benz was able to grow faster than the global market. Thanks to this good result, we expect a solid second quarter with a double-digit increase" in sales.

Luxury car makers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes are faring better this year after car-scrapping schemes in 2009 boosted sales mostly for smaller, less expensive models.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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