Mercedes-Benz has a history of making history. Since the first car, Mercedes-Benz has set the pace for what all cars might someday become. With an ongoing stream of firsts in safety, performance and driving enjoyment, it’s an ever more exciting roadmap to the future. And while there’s a never ending roster of new achievements, there’s only one reason the world’s first automaker remains first in innovation. Carl Benz said it best: “The love of inventing never dies.”
In 2014, MBUSA achieved the highest annual sales volume in its history with 330,391 units sold for the Mercedes-Benz brand, representing a 5.7% increase over 2013 sales. Sprinter Vans achieved an annual sales total of 25,745, gaining 18%. Adding 10,453 units from smart, MBUSA’s year-end-sales total hit an all-time record 366,589 vehicles, increasing 6.7% from the previous year.
Although MBUSA was founded in 1965, importation of Mercedes-Benz vehicles actually began in 1952 under Max Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman was a driving force behind the car that cemented the identity of Mercedes-Benz in America: the iconic 300SL Gullwing.
By 1957, Mercedes-Benz was in a position to expand its reach in the United States and entered into a distribution agreement with Studebaker-Packard Corporation. Eight years later, the company struck out on its own, forming Mercedes-Benz USA.