The past 2016 has been flowering for Mercedes. The luxury car brand recorded worldwide sales of 2,083,888 million cars in the past year. It cracked the 2.0 million mark for the first time which means it has outsold its arch rival BMW for the first time since 2005. The figure represents a significant 11.3 percent increase on sales in 2015.
Mercedes is the leader in the luxury market in the United States and abroad for the past 2016
BMW took the second place in sales records and Audi, whose sales of 1,871,350 units were up 3.8 percent on its 2015 results, took the third place even with the diesel scandal.
The brand’s sales, excluding commercial vehicles, totaled 340,237 units, took a dip in UK with a decline of 0.8 percent. Lexus was a close second with 331,228 sales, down 3.9 percent in 2016. BMW was in third place with 313,174 sales, down a considerable 5.2 percent on the previous year.
Mercedes’ strong performance worldwide is a reflection of its efforts to expand the lineup and focus on improving the level of design, comfort and technology in its vehicles. Mercedes gave the shake in its Chinese operations since was fined by regulators in 2015 for price fixing. This was also the case for many luxury automakers, China was Mercedes’ biggest market with sales in 2016 coming in at 472,844 units.
Another pride for Mercedes has been the winning of the last three Formula One World Championships. Mercedes-AMG is now building some of the best performance cars ever seen. The total number of AMG’s sales in 2016 was 99,235 units, an insane 44.1 percent increase on the previous year’s record results.