Mercedes sees record sales in 2013

Automaker Daimler AG says its Mercedes-Benz luxury cars had a record year last year, boosted by new models and stronger sales in its biggest market, the United States.

But the Stuttgart-based carmarker saw a sales decline in its home market, Germany.

Mercedes-Benz sold 1.462 million cars last year worldwide, an increase of 10.7 per cent. Sales in the US, the company's largest single market, grew 14 per cent to 312,534. Yet Germany was off 2.2 per cent for the year.

Company sales were boosted by the new versions of the E-class and S-Class sedans. Sales of small cars such as the A-Class, B-Class and CLA coupe jumped 64 per cent.

The brand said today that it also had its best-ever December, with sales up 11.2 per cent at 139,180.

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