Mercedes-Benz has reported a remarkable increase in sales this May with unit sales increasing by 12.9% to 170,625 vehicles. In the period of January through May, 818,175 vehicles were delivered to customers (+12.3%), more than ever before in the first five months of the year. The auto maker achieved record unit sales in Europe and the Asia-Pacific last month. Mercedes-Benz was the market leader in the USA, Japan, Canada, Australia and Taiwan in May. “Our double-digit growth in Europe and Asia-Pacific made a major contribution to the strong unit sales of Mercedes-Benz in May,” said Ola Källenius, member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG, responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing & Sales. Sales in Europe increased by a strong 14.2% yielding a sale of 74,268 units in May while there was a 24.2% increase in the Asia-Pacific region with a total of 57,438 vehicles handed over to customers in May. This increase was primarily due to double-digit growth in the major markets of Great Britain, Italy, Spain and Belgium. In Germany’s domestic market, 23,343 vehicles were delivered to customers (+4.9%). Also, in China, the biggest market, Mercedes-Benz achieved a new record of more than 38,000 vehicles sold (+38.9%) while the company’s leadership was continued in Australia, Japan and Taiwan. In the NAFTA region, 34,323 units of Mercedes-Benz models were sold in May of which 29,299 of those automobiles were delivered to customers in the USA thus maintaining the market lead status among the premium manufacturers in May. Sales of Mercedes-Benz compact cars increased to a new record this May with a total of 53,618 units delivered to customers (+15.6%). The A and B-Class, the CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA were particularly popular in China, where unit sales more than doubled in May.