Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) looks to be on course to top its achievements in 2016 this year – the company announced today that its first quarter sales results for 2017 was its best ever, with 2,945 vehicles delivered to customers. March in particular was notable as the best performing month in the its history. In all, the record represents a 11% growth in volume over the corresponding period last year.

The locally-produced Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, and S-Class collectively recorded a total of 1,820 units delivered to customers. In terms of specifics, the W205 C-Class topped the list with 1,083 units, followed by the W213 E-Class with 610 units and the W222 S-Class, with 127 units.

The compact vehicles (A-Class, B-Class, GLA and CLA Class), meanwhile, recorded 434 units. Contributing to the quarter’s record-setting pace were the models from the SUV range, which saw 594 units being delivered, a 247% jump compared to Q1, 2016. The X253 GLC led the way in this segment, with 491 units sold.

As for the Dream Cars range, offerings in the segment shifted to the tune of 93 units, not a very large number, but enough to make for a 365% increase compared to the same period last year.

Elsewhere, MBM announced that its dealer network – made up of 30 dedicated dealerships nationwide – serviced a total of 30,629 vehicles in the first quarter. It also revealed that local assembly production at its facility Pekan, Pahang had grown, the CKD programme producing 1,977 units in the first quarter of this year.

The plant currently produces 11 variants. Five are C-Class models (the C 180 Avantgarde, C 200 Exclusive, C 200 Avantgarde, C 250 AMG and C 350 e plug-in hybrid), while four are E-Class versions (the E 200 Avantgarde, E 250 Exclusive, E 250 Avantgarde as well as the upcoming E 350 e plug-in hybrid, due to begin deliveries in Q3). The other two models are the S 400 h AMG and GLC 250 AMG.

Finally, MBM’s sister company, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia (MBSM) also had a very good first quarter – its servicing portfolio of RM1.9 billion in Q1, 2017 represents a 46% increase over the same period last year, and the company said that four out of every 10 Mercedes-Benz vehicles sold in the country were financed and insured by Mercedes-Benz Financial.

At today’s briefing, Mark Raine, MBM’s vice-president of sales and marketing, also revealed the number of new offerings that were due to be introduced here this year – the list consists of two models, a facelift, four special editions and 14 variants.

We have an intimation of what to expect. As mentioned in an earlier report, the X156 GLA facelift is set to arrive here soon, and the Mercedes-AMG E 63 is due here later in the year. Aside from that, a number of AMG 43 models are also set to make their debut in the very near future.