Mercedes-Benz says it started the third quarter of 2019 with a new global sales record for the month of July. Some 188 857 vehicles wearing the three-pointed star were delivered, representing a 12,7 percent year-on-year increase in worldwide sales.

Much of that growth appeared to come from the Stuttgart-based firm’s compact-car range, although Benz also reported “significant increases in worldwide unit sales” in July of the S-Class sedan (up 17,7 percent) at approximately 5 800 units, the E-Class (up 11,1 percent) and the C-Class (up 10,4 percent).

“We are very satisfied with the start to the third quarter. The best July of all time for Mercedes-Benz unit sales confirms our positive expectations for the coming months,” said Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales.

“I am delighted with the great response from customers to our new compact cars and that the improved availability of our new SUVs has already had an impact on sales. And the Mercedes-Benz luxury and full-size saloons, the S-Class and the E-Class, were also very popular in July.”

With sales of more than 55 000 units, the brand’s compact cars recorded double-digit year-on-year growth of 29,7 percent in July. B-Class sales, meanwhile, were up 52,7 percent, while the new A-Class grew its sales 33,6 percent year-to-date.

And SUVs? Well, somewhat unexpectedly, Mercedes says sales of approximately 61 000 units of the GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and G-Class were 1,2 percent below the prior-year level.