Mercedes-Benz Vans has recorded a significant increase in sales in the first half of 2017. With deliveries of 190,200 vehicles in all, the vans division of Daimler surpassed the previous record set last year (176,200) by 8%.
The business unit has now been growing for five years in a row, and all model series contributed to the latest sales record and set new highs. Sales of the large Sprinter van increased to about 96,200 units (up 1%), the mid-size Vito van gained 14% with 52,500 units, the V-Class multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) recorded an increase in sales by 24% to about 29,000 units, and sales of the small Citan van improved by 5% to 12,500 units.
Mercedes-Benz Vans also projects a significant increase in sales for 2017 as a whole. As part of the ‘Mercedes-Benz Vans goes global’ business unit strategy, the division last year launched the V-Class and the Vito in China, the world's largest automotive market. In addition, as the world's first premium manufacturer, at the end of this year Mercedes-Benz Vans will enter the segment of mid-size pickups with the X-Class.