Whether the Citan urban delivery van, the mid-size Vito van, the large Sprinter van or the X-Class as the first premium pickup worldwide – commercial vehicles from Mercedes-Benz Vans stand for great reliability, high quality and high value retention. In line with the brand claim "Born to run".
We have launched our new corporate structure in November 2019: Three legally independent stock corporations now operate under the parent company Daimler AG. The financial reporting for the 2019 financial year will still reflect the previous structure with five business units.
Mercedes-Benz Vans sales 2018 in detail
Mercedes-Benz Vans achieved record sales once again in 2018. Unit sales of 421,400 vehicles surpassed the prior-year figure by 5 %. Whereas we mainly focus on commercial customers with the Sprinter, Vito and Citan models, the V-Class is primarily designed for private use. With the X-Class, our new mid-size pickup, we are addressing diverse customers for both private and commercial applications.
In the EU30 countries, which comprise our core region, our unit sales of 278,300 vehicles were slightly above the prior-year level (2017: 273,300), while our market share in the region in the combined segment for mid-size and large vans amounted to 15.3 % (2017: 16.7 %). We set a new record in Germany with sales of 107,300 units (2017: 105,800).
Sales in the NAFTA region increased substantially, leading to a new sales record of 38,700 units in the United States (2017: 34,200), where our market share for large vans also increased to 8.3 % (2017: 7.5 %).
Business development was very favorable also in Latin America, where sales rose by 14 % to 18,700 units despite the difficult situation in Argentina.
Unit sales in China also increased significantly, by 22 % to the new record of 29,100 vans. This development was largely due to the success of the Vito and the V-Class.