confident in luxury sales.
APN, PR, 12 July 2005 – Mercedes Car Group Middle
East has confirmed its leadership in the region’s luxury
car segment with half-year sales up 26% during the first
six months of the year compared to 2004.
Retail sales of Mercedes-Benz
vehicles from the period January to June totalled 6,848
with the CLS-Class, E-Class, C-Class and M-Class helping
to drive growth. The numbers put the company well on the
way to another record year.
The UAE continues to be the largest
market in a region that includes the GCC, Levant,
Pakistan, Yemen and Afghanistan but not Iran, with sales
up a massive 57%. However, Qatar turned in the best
figures with year on year sales up a massive 140%,
followed by Jordan, Bahrain and Pakistan.
S-Class – the Middle East’s biggest
selling luxury saloon.
“Our sales increase continues to show
that we are still the leading luxury car brand in the
Middle East with a range of exciting and technologically
advanced vehicles in each market segment that meet all the
needs of increasingly demanding customers,” said
Nicholas Speeks, President and CEO, DaimlerChrysler Middle
leadership in the region, June was another double-digit
growth month with over 1,000 vehicles sold, the sixth
month in succession this year that sales have increased.
“With the premium market continuing
to expand, the highly successful introduction of the
second generation M-Class, new engine variants and Sports
Editions of the C-Class and E-Class plus a new S-Class,
the region’s best selling luxury sedan with an over 40
per cent market share in its segment, due to arrive in
September, I am confident that we will increase our lead
in the luxury car segment in the second half of the year,”