More surprising than any other car’s entry into the list of America’s Top 10 Best-Selling European Cars for October 2010 is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. How did sales of the S-Class jump 60.4% from October 2009 to make it more popular than any Volvo, all but one Audi passenger car, and significantly more popular than any of its competitors? Mercedes-Benz’s press release didn’t go into any detail, but one would assume the growth of the S-Class range has something to do with it. The 2011 Audi A8, after all, is initially on sale with one V8 engine and a long-wheelbase derivative.
Gone are the days when choices were limited to V8 or V12 engines, with maybe a long-wheelbase version sometimes available. AMG versions include the S63 AMG and S65 AMG. There’s the V12-powered S600, the V8-powered S550, and the bottom-of-the-range 2010 Mercedes-Benz S400 Hybrid at $87,950. California likey.
Nevertheless, the S-Class isn’t the story of America’s best-selling Europe-derived (or in this month’s case, German-and partially British-derived) cars. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta is off to a roaring start, nearly landing a spot on America’s Top 10 Best-Selling Cars list. Strip away the Jetta Sportwagen’s sales and the Jetta sedan was still America’s best-selling European car in America last month with 9979 sales, up 42% from October 2009.