Mercedes-Benz USA sold 18,351 vehicles in October 2010, scant increase of 0.9% over October 2009. Including the Sprinter takes Mercedes-Benz’s total to 19,076. Add the smart fortwo on top of that and Daimler’s total in the United States for the month of October 2010 to 19,443 vehicles sold.
What does all this mean? Well, Mercedes-Benz USA sales are up 15.9% in 2010. Its six core models – the C-Class, E-Class, S-Class sedans and the M-Class, G-Class, and GLK-Class SUVs – have all posted higher sales in the first 10 months of 2010 then in the first 10 months of 2009. That said, Mercedes-Benz’s best-selling model, the 2011 E-Class, posted declining sales in October compared with the month prior and October 2009. Add to that some disappointment from the Mercedes-Benz GLK350 which has long since ceded its crown in the small luxury SUV arena but which also managed to suffer a huge 23.9% sales drop in October 2010.
Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz’s 2010 version of October won’t go down as the worst in memory, of that there is no doubt. It’s a pleasant experience, selling 59 SLS AMGs. Not so pleasant is watching smart fortwo sales continually find new cliffs to fall off. Sales of Mercedes-Benz’s eight small volume vehicles can be seen after the jump.