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Mercedes-Benz September sales up 13%

Figure higher than at the beginning of the economic crisis, according to spokesman.

Mercedes-Benz has reported sales of 118,600 vehicles for September 2010, an increase of 13% compared to the same period a year ago.

The total sales since January to September 2010 was 854,000 vehicles, an increase of 16% compared to 737,600 vehicles for the same period a year ago.

Geographically, the Asia/Pacific region reported sales of 26,400 vehicles, an increase of 51.3%, NAFTA reported sales of 22,600 vehicles, an increase of 15.1% and Western Europe registered 60,800 vehicles.

Mercedes-Benz sales and marketing executive vice president Joachim Schmidt said that the number of deliveries was above the record figure for September 2007 and therefore higher than at the beginning of the economic crisis.

"The positive development of the past several months makes us very confident for the fourth quarter in which we will continue to increase our sales and we want to grow in our two biggest markets: Germany and the U.S," Schmidt said.

"We expect sales to increase particularly rapidly in Asia, especially in China, and the other BRIC countries."