Mercedes enjoys best month ever for car sales

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FILE – This Feb. 14, 2013, file photo, shows a Mercedes logo on a Mercedes automobile at the Pittsburgh Auto Show in Pittsburgh. Mercedes-Benz is recalling nearly 48,000 SUVs in the U.S. to fix a sensor problem that could stop the front passenger air bag from inflating in a crash. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — German carmaker Daimler AG says it had the best sales month ever for its Mercedes-Benz luxury brand in March.

Stuttgart-based Daimler said in a statement Thursday that Mercedes-Benz sold 228,296 vehicles globally in March, an increase of 15 percent.

The company credited stronger sales in China and customer demand for its new E-Class, both for the sedan and the station wagon version. Sales for those models jumped 65 percent.

The Asia-Pacific region saw a sales increase of 23 percent, boosted by a rise of more than 30 percent in China.

The company showed off a convertible version of the E-Class at the Geneva auto show last month that it says should help increase sales further.

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