FRANKFURT -- Sales of Mercedes-Benz cars jumped 11 percent in June to 188,444 as strong demand in Europe and China led rises in all the brand's major markets.
Sales were also boosted by robust SUV deliveries, which rose 43 percent last month, Mercedes said in a statement.
"One third of all Mercedes-Benz passenger cars sold are in the SUV segment. This shows that our product offensive is paying off and that our completely renewed SUV portfolio is extremely well received by our customers," Ola Kaellenius, Mercedes' sales boss, said in the statement.
Six-month registrations at the brand were up 12 percent to 1.0 million, the automaker said.
In Europe, Mercedes brand sales grew 14 percent to 86,657, helped by a 7.4 percent rise to 28,790 in Germany. China sales jumped 21 percent to 39,462, while Mercedes' U.S. volume was up 1.5 percent to 28,473.
Sales at small-car brand Smart rose 16 percent to 13,147 last month, helped by the recent launches of the new ForTwo and ForFour models. Through June, Smart sales were up 18 percent to 73,510.
Combined Mercedes and Smart sales increased 11 percent in June to 201,591. Six-month registrations for the brands were up 13 percent to 1.08 million.