Mercedes-Benz has reported a decline in worldwide sales of 5.6 per cent for the first quarter, with 560,873 passenger cars sold. In March, 227,644 vehicles were delivered to customers all over the world, a drop of 4.1 per cent.

However, the company expects to see an increase in global sales during the year following anticipated changes in the highest-volume SUV and compact-car segments.

Britta Seeger, member of the board of management of Daimler AG responsible for Mercedes-Benz Cars marketing and sales, said, ‘The first three months of the year were challenging worldwide due to the ongoing model changes for SUVs and compact cars. In the coming months, further highlights of our current model offensive at Mercedes-Benz will be launched; the CLA Coupé, for example, will be available in our showrooms in May. From the middle of the year, the ungraded generation of our very popular Midsize SUVs GLC and GLC Coupé will then be available at our dealerships.’