Mercedes-Benz is counting on a trio of new products, including its first C–class wagon in North America, to boost sales here.
"We've done well here, and we feel that we can do even better now," said Juergen Hubbert, the board member in charge of Mercedes-Benz and Smart.
The introductions announced Monday also include sporty versions of the C class, the C32 AMG sedan and the SLK32 AMG roadster.
The C-class wagon will be powered by a 215-hp, 3.2-liter V-6 engine. The wagon will replace its predecessor model in Europe beginning in March.
The SLK32 AMG gets a new supercharged V-6 engine developed by the high-performance Mercedes-AMG division. The C32 AMG is another hot rod. It comes with a 349-hp 3.2-liter supercharged and intercooled engine.
The latest introductions follow the U.S. introduction of the redesigned C class earlier this year as a 2001 model. It debuted in Europe in May. It is designed as a BMW 3-series fighter.
Mercedes is counting the newest vehicles to continue its worldwide sales growth, which was up 5.2 percent last year. Sales in North America rose 200 percent since 1993.
Mercedes was the No. 2 luxury brand in the United States last year. Lexus was No. 1.