The good news is sales of Daimler's ( DAI) Mercedes models rose 8.4%. The bad news is that car sales, minus the sale of 515 Sprinter commercial vans, rose at half the pace. While the popular C- and E-class luxury cars posted 6% and 92% gains respectively, any Mercedes that wasn't a G-Class SUV or a G- or M-Class crossover suffered double-digit declines.
This was one of the few luxury labels that actually put some horsepower behind its soaring sales numbers. Audi's 34% increase came on the back of its A3 and A5 models, which more than doubled their sales. In the A3's case, new high-mileage TDI diesel models made up more than half of its take. Sales of A4 and A6 sedans and the Q5 crossover accelerated by double-digit percentages.