Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) today reported sales of 20,733 new vehicles for July 2008, a 12 percent increase over last July. This brings the year-to-date sales total for MBUSA to 140,012 units, marking the best year-to-date sales for the period in the company's history. The most significant gains for the month were in the C-Class and E-Class passenger cars (45 percent and 38 percent respectively), while year-to-date growth was achieved in the M-Class and GL-Class line-up of SUVs (12 percent and 1 percent respectively).

    Sales for the smart fortwo remain strong with deliveries totaling 2,559 for the month of July. This brings the year-to-date total to an incredible 13,958 units in a little more than six months of being offered in the US market. The vehicle is attracting an overwhelming number of buyers who want a solution to high gas prices, a reduced environmental footprint and increased urban mobility on congested city streets -- all in a package that's fun to drive. The fortwo offers a powerful combination of outstanding fuel efficiency, innovative safety, environmental friendliness and low cost of ownership. There are currently 69 smart centers open in 31 states.

   Mercedes-Benz Cars Division in the U.S. Sales Summary Through July 2008

                             Month Sales      %         Sales CYTD         %
                          Curr Yr   Pr Yr   Change   Curr Yr    Pr Yr   Change

    Mercedes-Benz USA     20,733   18,586    11.6    140,012   136,826    2.3

    smart USA              2,559      n/a*    n/a*    13,958       n/a*   n/a*

    Mercedes-Benz USA /
     smart USA combined   23,292   18,586*   25.3*   153,970   136,826*  12.5*

    * smart sales in the U.S. started in mid January 2008

Mercedes Benz Sales Jump 11.6% For July Sales Period

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