Parent company Daimler sold nearly 600,000 cars of the Mercedes-Benz brand in the first quarter, increasing sales by more than 20 percent. Sales of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars increased by more than a third to more than 600,000 in a quarter.
The high quarterly figures of the German automakers are partly caused by explosive demand from China. The number of BMW deliveries to China nearly doubled. The new plug-in hybrid and fully electric cars are also driving sales figures. In 2021, Daimler will supply more than 100,000 fully electric cars.
Last year, Daimler saw sales fall by 11 percent to 154.3 billion euros. Sales of passenger cars and commercial vehicles fell by 15 percent to a total of more than 2.8 million units due to the crisis.