By Andy Stewart
Mercedes-Benz UK has reported a record-breaking year of registrations, according to official figures released in early January.
The company’s commercial vehicles division broke through 9000 registrations for the first time in 2013, with 8468 Mercedes-Benz trucks were registered along with 1000 FUSO Canters.
The German manufacturer said taking into account the commercial vehicles used exclusively in off-highway situations, such as airfields, the numbers actually sold and entering service in 2013 are 8525 trucks and 1012 FUSO Canters – totalling 9537 units.
Success was spread across the weight and axle configuration range. Atego registrations were up 42.8 per cent to 2870 units, while Actros was up 63.5 per cent with 3598 trucks registered.
Split by chassis type, the firm registered 4308 two-axle rigids; 1136 three-axle rigids; 205 four-axle rigids; 903 two-axle tractor units; and 3726 three-axle tractors.
“Put simply, 2013 was, by any measure, the best year in the long history of Mercedes-Benz in the UK”, said Marcus Breitschwerdt, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK. “To achieve one of these full year records would have been a good result, but for every business division to break all previous records is a truly remarkable achievement. It is testament to the fact that great products, sold by great teams, at fair prices win customers – and we’ve been winning returning and new customers in greater numbers than ever before.
“Over 8500 new Mercedes-Benz trucks and more than one thousand FUSO Canters is a great indication that British operators and industry are investing in transport,” he concluded.