Mercedes-Benz USA reported its best November on record with sales of 18,014 vehicles during November 2001, up 11.4 percent from November 2000 sales of 16,175. On a year-to-date basis, the company recorded an increase of total sales to 186,562 vehicles, versus 185,308 during the comparable period last year.

The C-Class led volume for the month with a boost from the new 2002 model year C-Class coupe and wagon. November sales of 5,144 were up 80.7 percent, surpassing November 2000's 2,846. Year-to-date sales of the C-Class have increased by 50.1 percent compared to 2000's sales level.

November 2001 also represents the best November on record for CL-Class and CLK-Class models in the company's history. Up 62.8 percent for the month, year-to-date sales of the CL-Class increased by 87.4 percent. The CLK-Class sales were up 50 percent for November and up 6.6 percent year-to-date. In addition, the G500 marks its first few weeks of sales with 217 units sold.

Separately, through its Starmark certified pre-owned vehicle program, MBUSA posted sales of 3,231 for the month which is an increase of 28.5 percent compared to November 2000 sales of 2,515 vehicles. Year-to-date, Starmark sales increased 24.9 percent to a total of 34,492 compared to 27,616 in November 2000.