There is clearly a lot of love being shown for Mercedes-Benz at the start of 2019 as the carmaker has reported more than 560,000 sales worldwide in the first quarter of the year.

The luxury Stuttgart brand delivered a total of 560,873 passenger vehicles across the globe – out of which 67,077 were compact cars – meaning for the third consecutive year sales surpassed 550,000 units. It delivered 227,644 vehicles worldwide in March (-4.1 per cent) while in China, the strongest-selling quarter of all time was achieved with sales of 174,343 vehicles (+2.6 per cent).

Global sales of the new A-Class set a new record for the first quarter with an increase of 25.6 per cent while the sales of the new B-Class increased again in Europe (+5.3 per cent) and showed significant growth in the homeland Germany, and also the UK, France and Spain to help maintain Merc’s market leadership in the premium segment. Over 20,000 coupés, cabriolets and roadsters were delivered to customers worldwide (+1.9 per cent) last month while sales of the new C-Class saloon and the new C-Class estate increased  by 2.1 per cent with 105,708 units sold in the first quarter. 

“We are delighted with the best quarter ever for Mercedes-Benz in China and the successful market launch of the new B-Class in Europe,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars Marketing and Sales. “In the coming months, further highlights of our current model offensive at Mercedes-Benz will be launched; the CLA Coupé, for example, will be available in our showrooms in May. From the middle of the year, the ungraded generation of our very popular midsize SUVs GLC and GLC Coupé will then be available at our dealerships.”