Mercedes-Benz says it has registered a half-year sales record, selling 1 188 832 vehicles globally in the first six months of 2018 (a 3,9% increase year-on-year).

In addition, the Stuttgart-based automaker said that from April to June, as many as 594 528 buyers received their new Benz-badged vehicles, making that period the strongest-selling quarter in the firm’s history.

Furthermore, SUVs wearing the three-pointed star achieved a new sales record in the first half of the year, despite what Mercedes calls “restricted production of the GLE and GLS models” in June (thanks to a fire at a US supplier), with a total of 422 645 units of the GLA, GLC, GLC Coupé, GLE, GLE Coupé, GLS and G-Class delivered to customers worldwide. The best-seller among these SUVs, the GLC, accounted for the bulk of the sales.

Meanwhile, sales of the S-Class sedan increased by 27,5% to 43 106 units in the first half of the year, while the E-Class sedan and estate added a further 182 135 units.

“Thanks to an outstanding team performance, we can look back on the most successful half-year in the history of Mercedes-Benz: with more than 1,18 million cars sold in the first six months, we have laid a good foundation for a successful year 2018,” said Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing & sales.

“The new A-Class has had a very successful reception from the markets and we will launch the new C-Class in July. These two volume models will make a significant contribution to the sales success of Mercedes-Benz in the second half of the year.”