The automaker Daimler AG, whose brands include
Mercedes-Benz and Smart, said Tuesday its 2007 auto sales rose by
almost two per cent, with demand growing in the U.S. and Asia for
the new C-Class sedan.
The Stuttgart-based company said it sold 1.28 million cars last
year, compared with 1.26 million in 2006.
By segment, Daimler said it sold nearly 1.2 million Mercedes-Benz
automobiles, compared with 1.1 million in 2006, a three per cent
Sales rose two per cent in the United States, with demand for its
SUVs strong, while in Asia sales were up 12 per cent, lifted higher
by demand for luxury cars, particularly in China.
Sales of its Smart brand, including the two-seater Fortwo,
dropped 11 per cent worldwide from 112,100 in 2006 to 100,600 last
Demand was greatest in Germany and Italy. The Fortwo is set to go
on sale in the U.S. later this year.