2017 was a banner year for Mercedes-Benz, holding off BMW and Lexus for the title of world's best-selling luxury automaker. With a total of 2,289,344 vehicles delivered to their customers worldwide, it shows a 9.9-percent increase over 2016. Nearly one million of these units were sold in Europe.
Mercedes-Benz said that they have achieved their all-time sales high not just in Europe but also in North America and Asia-Pacific. The manufacturer was able to bounce back from lower sales for the first nine-months in North America to be the US' top-selling premium car brand, thanks in part to the GLE and GLC crossovers. Other countries where Mercedes-Benz topped the luxury car sales charts are Great Britain, France, Turkey, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Denmark, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Taiwan, and India.
The AMG division also posted strong sales which are up by 33 percent for a total of over 130,000 sold. Mercedes-Benz says that this is the first time their high-performance division had surpassed the 100,000 unit sales mark for one year. Besides the AMG line, the company's range of compact cars accounted for 620,000 cars sold with a mix of A-Class, B-Class, CLA and GLA.
As for individual models, the C-Class remains to be Mercedes-Benz's top seller with over 415,000 units delivered last year. The E-Class meanwhile is the second most purchased model in the range, selling over 350,000 cars in 2017. Lastly, the facelifted S-Class was off to a good start at approximately 70,000 sold from July to December of 2017.