MONTVALE, N.J. –Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported its highest sales volume for any February in the company’s history with sales of 18,564 new vehicles, an increase of 7.3 percent over last February.

This brings MBUSA’s year-to-date total to 36,839 new vehicles sold, an increase of 7.2 percent over the same period in 2007.

Sales for Mercedes-Benz luxury light truck models continued strongly as a group with a 12 percent increase over February 2007 (6,061 vs. 5,414 units) and a 17.3 percent increase for the year-to-date (12,228 vs. 10,425 units).

Sales of M-Class models made an impressive leap by 26.7 percent for the month (3,081 vs. 2,431 units) and 32.1 percent for the year-to-date (6,318 vs. 4,782 units).

R-Class sales rose by 6.1 percent for the month and 12.8 percent for the year-to-date.

Boosted by significant increases in sales of C-Class and SLK-Class models – 49.5 percent and 30.6 percent respectively – sales of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars as a group increased by 5.2 percent for the month.

Other highlights for the month include strong performance by the iconic SL roadster, up 2.5 percent, and the high-end CL coupe, up 7.4 percent over last February.

Separately, the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned vehicle program reported sales of 4,517 units, an increase of 15.5 percent compared to last February, bringing the certified pre-owned year-to-date total to 8,141 units, an 8.3 percent increase over the same period in 2007.

Mercedes-BenzUSA, headquartered in Montvale, New Jersey, is responsible for the sales, marketing and service of all Mercedes-Benz products in the United States.

In 2007, MBUSA achieved an all-time sales record of 253,433 new vehicles, setting the highest sales volume ever in its history and achieving 14 consecutive years of sales growth.

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