The Associated Press - Published: January 5, 2007
STUTTGART, Germany: DaimlerChrysler AG said Friday that unit sales at its Mercedes division rose 3 percent to a record in 2006, powered by a strong rise in demand for its luxury Mercedes-Benz models.
The Mercedes Car Group, which also includes the Bentley and Smart brands, sold 1.26 million cars, up from 1.22 in 2005. Daimler-Benz alone delivered 1.15 million vehicles last year, up 7 percent from 1.08 million last year.
In contrast, sales of the compact Smart car dropped nearly 22 percent to 112,100 last year. DaimlerChrysler is restructuring the brand, and renewing its innovative two-seat fortwo model.
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