FRANKFURT -- Global sales of Mercedes-Benz cars rose 13 percent to 151,135 in May, lifted by gains in the U.S. and China and strong demand for SUVs, compact models and the C class.
Sales of Smart cars rose 46 percent to 11,142, boosted by an updated ForTwo and the new ForFour four-seat model.
Combined sales for the two brands rose 15 percent to 162,277.
"With the GLC, which celebrates its world premiere in Germany this month, we plan to build on our success story,” Mercedes sales chief Ola Kaellenius said. “Its predecessor, the GLK, is currently our top-selling SUV,” he said in a statement.
Mercedes brand's growth was strongest in China where sales were up 20 percent to 27,562 in May, while deliveries in the U.S. increased 11 percent to 29,583. European sales rose 5.1 percent to 65,056.
Global sales of the Mercedes C class jumped by 60 percent last month, while demand for the brand's compact cars rose 22 percent. Sales of SUVs increased by 19 percent, Daimler said.
Five-month sales of Mercedes and Smart cars increased by 15 percent to 779,644, with Mercedes brand up 14 percent to 728,809 units and Smart sales rising by 29 percent to 50,835.
Reuters contributed to this report