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Japan 3rd in Benz AMG Sales

05, February 2009

On February 4th, Daimler AG reported 2008 global sales at its Mercedes-Benz AMG unit had increased by 19% to approximately 24,200 vehicles.

The United States was the largest single market for the AMG unit, contributing 38% of worldwide sales last year, followed by Germany at 13%. Japan ranked third at 8% of all sales.

Sales in Germany increased by 34%, compared to 2007, while sales in emerging markets such as Brazil in China were also strongly up for the unit.

Among popular models, the C63 AMG sold 8,100 units, the SL63 AMG sold 3,050 units, and the top class SL65 AMG Black Series sold all 350 limited edition units. Sales of AMG sport packages were also up 73% from the previous year.

To further increase sales, Daimler is planning increased focus on its' AMG Performance Centers. By the end of 2010 Daimler plans to introduce 175 new service centers in 15 countries. There are also plans for redesigned fuel injection systems and idling stop functions based on cutting edge technology, and plans for fleet fuel consumption to be improved by 30% by the year 2012.

With both BMW M-Series sales up 50% and AMG sales up 19%, the German factory-tuned auto industry has shown strong results overall for 2008.

February 5, 2009 Yahoo News

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