Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche told reporters in New York on Tuesday that China would pass Germany and the U.S. to become Mercedes’s largest market in 2015.

Daimler AG (DAI.XE) said Monday sales in China of its Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Maybach and AMG vehicles rose 35% in 2011 from a year earlier to 198,520 units.

German carmaker Daimler has said it sold a record number of Mercedes-Benz cars in 2011.

Sales of the brand rose 8% to a total of 1,260,912 in 2011, Daimler said.

Deliveries in the US climbed 13% to 245,231, and in China they were up 31% to 193,339.

China Expected to be Merc’s Biggest Market by 2015

Dr Dietr Zetche, Daimler and Mercedes-Benz head honcho, stated that the company is looking at China to be its biggest market come 2015, high yet reasonable expectations for what is currently the world’s largest automotive market.

We are expecting to be in the range of 300,000 units in China in 2015, which is very close to the market size we are enjoying in Germany right now,” Zetche proclaimed. “We intend to grow those other markets [outside China], so it might not be until 2016 or 2017 that China becomes the largest market if we can generate significant growth in Germany.”

He expressed great optimism after such a bountiful 2010 for the company, and he says that the upcoming A-Class and B-Class should usher in further success. “We sold 200,000 units of the first generation A-class, despite or because of the elk test,” he said. “We sold 270,000 of the second generation. The new models will have similar virtues to the current B-class. But we will build three further models using the same architecture and shared componentry.”

When it comes to performance, the A-Class and B-Class will no longer be afterthoughts. That’s because it has already been repeated that these vehicles will be receiving the AMG treatment. This was confirmed by AMG top man Ola Kaellenius.

In Europe, Merc’s top officials are planning on introducing a wider range of models instead of just marketing the existing vehicles in their lineup.

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2017 data

Mercedes-Benz sold 2,3 miljoen auto’s in 2017 worldwide.

China by far the largest Mercedes-Benz market, up 25% compared to 2016.

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China is the absolute #1 market of MB, taking about 30% of entire BM sales.

In the first 11 months of 2017, 539,728 Mercedes-Benz’s are bought by Chinese, not including HongKong and Taiwan, while in the entire world, total 2,1 million Mercedes-Benz cars are sold.

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奔驰1月全球销量增长13.6% 中国跃居最大市场








n China (incl. Hong Kong) Mercedes-Benz recorded a new sales high for August with 14,205 units (+2.8%) sold. The brand also posted a high for the period from January to August, carrying out 127,724 deliveries (+6.2%) to Chinese customers. End of August the new B-Class celebrated its market launch in China.