MONTVALE, NJ – Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) reported its highest May on record with sales of 21,785 new vehicles, a 0.1-percent increase over last May. Sales for the month brought MBUSA's year-to-date volume to 99,703 new vehicles, a 1.1 percent increase compared to the first five months of 2007.

Passenger car sales of 16,416 vehicles showed an increase of 4.6 percent over last May. Sales of the SL roadster, one of MBUSA's first 2009 models to hit dealer showrooms, increased by 60.4 percent (1,083 vs. 675 units). The volume leading C-Class also demonstrated impressive growth with an increase of 43.9 percent for the month (7,394 vs. 5,139 units). In the light truck category, the award-winning M-Class SUV increased four percent (2,706 vs. 2,601 units), while sales of the G-Class rose 11.3 percent (79 vs. 71 units).

Year-to-date highlights include an overall increase in the C-Class model line of 39.2 percent (31,385 vs. 22,552) and in the M-Class with a 19.5 percent (14,795 vs. 12,384) increase.

Separately, through the Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned program, MBUSA marked a 31.8 percent increase for May sales with 6,037 vehicles sold, bringing year-to-date sales to a total of 26,549 units, an increase of 24.3 percent over the same period in 2007.