Mercedes-Benz global sales up 13% in May

BERLIN, JUNE 6: Daimler’s luxury brand Mercedes-Benz increased deliveries 13 percent in May, with demand powered by compact models and sport-utility vehicles.

Mercedes sales jumped to 170,625 cars, a record for May and fueled by double-digit gains in Europe and China, Stuttgart-based Daimler said on Monday, citing strong momentum for A-Class and B-Class compacts and the redesigned E-Class saloon.

Five-month deliveries were up 12 percent at 818,175 models, with China, Mercedes’s biggest market, posting a 36 percent five-months increase to 180,537 cars. May sales in China rose by 38.9 percent.

German rival Audi is due to publish May sales data later this week.