Turnover fell 7.8% against August 2003 to 77,300 units as rising smart brand sales were unable to offset a decline in Mercedes-Benz cars.
Divisional sales declined 4.7% in the first eight months of 2004 to 760,300 vehicles, the company said on Monday, citing disruptive model changeovers this year.
The world's fifth-biggest carmaker said it expected a sales boost in the fourth quarter from its revamped A-class small car, which arrives in dealer showrooms this month. Orders for the A-class have already surpassed the 50,000 cars it aimed to sell in 2004.
"We confirm the outlook," a spokeswoman said, reiterating that Mercedes-Benz sales should come in near the 2003 level of 1.1 million while turnover of the smart series could hit 175,000, thanks in part to the new smart forfour four-passenger version.
Turnover of Mercedes brand vehicles slipped 9.3% in August to 69,000 units, while smart sales rose 7.3% to 8,300 units.