Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today announced it achieved another record setting year in 2017, with 12,045 vehicles being delivered to customers last year, making for a 2.3% increase from the 2016 total of 11,779 units.

It also revealed that June 2017 was its best ever in terms of sales numbers, with 1,210 units being managed that month. The record-breaking figure for the year cements the brand’s position as the market leader in the premium segment, with a 2.3% market share.

In 2017, the company launched 17 models, identical to the number introduced in 2016. Among last year’s debutants were the C238 E-Class Coupe and X156 GLA facelift, and in line with the 50 years of AMG celebrations, there were plenty of Mercedes-AMG offerings to be found, among them the C190 GT R, E 63 S 4Matic+ and six AMG 43-based variants (C 43 4Matic Sedan and Coupe, GLC 43 and GLC 43 Coupe, SLC 43 and E 43 4Matic), the last all at a go.

In terms of sales figures, it was the premium sedans that again led the way, with 7,041 units sold. Introductions last year in this segment included the W213 E-Class CKD and, later in the year, the E 350e plug-in hybrid, along with the S 400 h AMG Line and C 200 AMG Line.

As for the brand’s SUVs, 2,599 units were shifted last year, the increase from 2016 spurred by the introduction of the locally-produced GLC 200 and GLC 250, and the company says that it expects growth within this segment to continue.

The brand’s compact cars, meanwhile, recorded a total of 2,031 units sold, with the refreshed GLA setting the pace for the segment. Finally, models from the Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars range chipped in with 374 units, an increase from the 301 vehicles sold in 2016.

In terms of local assembly, the company reported that it produced 9,286 vehicles at its production plant in Pekan, Pahang. It currently produces 12 models locally, the latest addition to the CKD programme being with the GLC 200.

Last year, the company’s dealer network also saw expansion, with the introduction of four new Autohaus facilities – and the upgrading of five other outlets – in the country, giving it 33 dedicated dealerships nationwide presently.

Elsewhere, the company’s after-sales division also set new records in 2017 – it serviced 128,072 vehicles last year, up from the 108,226 it managed in 2016, recording the highest customer satisfaction index in its history along the way.

Meanwhile, MBM’s sister company, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia (MBSM), which offers comprehensive financial and insurance solutions, improved its servicing portfolio to RM2.2 billion last year, up from the RM1.8 billion the year before. It reported that it continues to finance and insure four out of every 10 vehicles sold by MBM, translating to more than 16,000 active customers.