Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupé, C253, 2016.

Mercedes-Benz announced that it had achieved a record-breaking sales performance in March 2016. The German car maker delivered a total of 198,921 vehicles to customers all around the world – an 8.4% (16,709 units) increase against the previous month.

The brand also marked its best-ever sales performance in the first quarter of 2016, delivering a total of 483,487 units worldwide – a 12.6% (60,919) increase against Q4 2015. Mercedes-Benz said that its biggest markets in March were in Europe. Germany alone saw 28,316 Benz models sold, with double-digit growths recorded in Great Britain, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Portugal.

In the Asia-Pacific region, a total of 63,888 customers took deliveries of their new Benz cars in March. China led the way with 38,133 vehicles sold – 26.6% (10,143) higher than the previous month. New sales records were also set in South Korea, Australia and Taiwan.

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (C/X117), 2016

Over in North America, the US alone accounted for 28,164 Benz vehicles delivered in March. Canada and Mexico were said to achieve record figures too, where the entire region accumulated total sales of 32,856 units. Mercedes-Benz said that it maintains its leadership in the premium segment there.

Looking at specific models, the car maker said that its compact cars are still flying high. The A-Class, B-Class, CLA, CLA Shooting Brake and GLA were collectively responsible for 66,930 deliveries in March.

While sales of its W212 E-Class may have dropped in light of the W213’s arrival, Mercedes-Benz said that its E-Class’ sales were still high in the month. It didn’t reveal sales figures for the model, however. Note also that the new E-Class is only expected in European showrooms this week.

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More than 40,000 units of the W205 C-Class were delivered worldwide in March, bolstered by the arrival of the new C-Class Cabriolet variant. Little was said about the W222 S-Class apart from the model maintaining its status as the world’s best-selling luxury saloon in March and the first quarter of 2016.

Mercedes-Benz’s new range of SUVs also contributed significantly to the record month. The G-Class, GLC, GLC Coupe, GLE, GLE Coupe, and GLS accumulated a total of 62,595 units sold worldwide – a 44.4% (27,792) increase against the previous month. The SUVs’ biggest markets were China, the US, Germany and Great Britain.

Also adding to the overall tally, the smart brand also enjoyed a record month of its own. The smart fortwo and forfour achieved a total sales performance of 16,114 units in March, with Italy and Great Britain being its top markets. The new smart cabriolet is expected to add to this as it arrives in dealerships this month.