Mercedes-Benz is once again the world’s top premium carmaker for the second year running, following a robust performance throughout 2017. The crown was once held by BMW from 2005 to 2015. According to Autocar, the company sold 2,289,344 cars in the 12-month window, which translates to a 9.9% growth over 2016, spurred by strong demand from its key markets such as China, Germany and North America.

In Europe, MB delivered 955,301 vehicles (up 6.4% from the previous year), of which 300,000 were sold in its home country, Germany. More importantly, the company now leads the premium marketplace in Britain thanks to a 6.4% sales boost, giving it a 7.04% market share, ahead of Audi and BMW at 6.88% and 6.77% respectively.

In the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) zone (which includes the US, Canada and Mexico), the company sold 400,320 cars, up 1.3% over 2016’s results. Demand in the US was down by 0.9% at 340,000 cars, which Mercedes says was mostly due to the lower demand for saloons.

The C-Class was the most popular model in 2017

In the Asia Pacific region, Mercedes-Benz sold a total of 875,250 cars for an overall growth rate of 19.2%, more than half of which came from its most successful market China, where the company delivered 587,868 cars – a 25.9% spurt in growth.

The most popular models were the C-Class and its Estate sibling, with 415,000 units sold globally in 2017. About a quarter, or 103,750, of those were the long-wheelbase variant, which is only available in China. The new E-Class also did well, with 350,000 units sold worldwide.

Interestingly, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class – which is priced from RM1.35 million here – was bought by 25,000 customers, two-thirds of which came from China. As for its SUVs, China, Europe and US contributed to a 14% growth in sales for the company, continuing the growth trend from previous years.

Mercedes-AMG sold 131,970 cars in 2017, a whopping 33% boost over 2016. It expects continued strong growth for 2018, spearheaded by the new entry-level AMG A35 hot hatch, GT four-door saloon and facelifted GT.

Sales for Mercedes’ microcar-maker Smart however, dropped by 6.5% to 135,000 units, although it’s making inroads in China with a 9.8% increase over 2016.

Closer to home, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will soon announce its full-year (2017) performance, so stay tuned for that. Meanwhile, go easy on the Herrnbrau, guys.