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DaimlerChrysler announce Mercedes group sales dip

DaimlerChrysler has announced that its Mercedes Car Group sales have dropped from 376,800 last April to 366,500.

Sales of Mercedes-Benz brand vehicles increased 1% last month, to 92,400 units (91,500 units in 2004), bringing total sales through April to 318,800 units down on last years’ 341,000 units.

A total of 113,400 of the new A-Class have been sold since it was launched in September 2004.

More than 20,300 CLS-Class models have been delivered to customers worldwide since it became available in October 2004 - with 13,700 units delivered in the first four months of 2005.

More than 66,300 new SLK roadsters have been delivered to customers worldwide since the model's market launch at the end of March 2004.

Mercedes is expecting further sales momentum to be created by the new generation of V6 and V8 engines and by the new models from 2005.

Smart sales on the up

Smart brand sales were up 10% in April, to 12,500 units. During the first four months of 2005 the company sold 47,700 Smart vehicles, an increase of 33% on the figure recorded during the same period last year.

Smart said that main contributor to this increase was the Smart Forfour, which was launched in April 2004.

The company expects the BRABUS version of its Smart Forfour (available now) and the new entry-level model Forfour pure, will generate additional sales momentum in the coming months.

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