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J., April 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported the highest first quarter sales in its history with 30,091 vehicles sold across the Mercedes-Benz, Sprinter and smart model lines, up 11% from the 27,104 units sold over the same period last year. The Mercedes-Benz brand alone hit a new benchmark for the month with sales of 27,401, an increase of 11.2%, while year-to-date volumes climbed to 72,614 units, up 5% from March 2013. Adding year-to-date sales of 4,624 for Sprinter Vans and 2,237 units at smart, MBUSA delivered a year-to-date grand total of 79,475.

"Thanks to a best-ever March, we've hit a new first quarter sales record in 2014," said Steve Cannon, president and CEO of MBUSA. "Our CLA is making strong headway in the entry luxury arena with sales of more than 20,000 units after just six months on the market. With another knockout series of products waiting in the wings, we expect even higher growth this year and beyond."

March sales for the Mercedes-Benz brand were led by the C-, E- and M-Class model lines. The E-Class took the top spot with 6,335 units, increasing 58% from the same month last year, followed by the C-Class at 5,660. The M-Class, perennial best-seller on the SUV side, rounded out the top three at 4,052, up 15.7% from March 2013. At the high end, the flagship S-Class continued to post strong gains with volumes of 2,299 for the month, up 89.1%, while sales of the CLS-Class four-door coupe rose 7.3%.

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Mercedes-Benz's March 2014 Sales Rise 11.2% - YTD Sales Rise 5.0% - Maintains Narrow Lead Over BMW

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