Data supplied by the SMMT shows that the remarkable success was spread across the range, with more new customers than ever before choosing to get behind the wheel of a Mercedes Benz. The performance is even more noteworthy considering the revisions to some of the most popular models (C-Class range, CL-Class Coupé, S-Class Saloon) and the introduction throughout 2002 of brand new models (E-Class Saloon, CLK-Class Coupé, SL-Class Roadster, Vaneo).
With the addition of value-adding SE packs in the summer, the C-Class range recorded significant growth, up 26.1 per cent to 31,016 registrations. The C-Class Saloon recorded its best-ever year with 19,825 units. Taking engines into account, sales of the C-Class’s refined and economical CDI models soared. The five-cylinder C 270 CDI Saloon and Estate rose 63.9 per cent to 2567 units. The four-cylinder C 220 CDI models (available in Saloon, Estate and Sports Coupé guises) rocketed 74.7 per cent to 10,435 new cars.
The rugged M-Class off-roader reinforced its position as the UK’s most popular imported off-road vehicle with 7000 registrations — with significant rises in five-, six- and eight-cylinder models. The stunning new SL-Class range managed a scorching 1356 units — another all-time record - helping reinforce a dominant position at the top of the luxury saloon, coupé and roadster sector. At the other end of the model range, the innovative and deceptively-cavernous A-Class long wheelbase models recorded 7409 units — with the A 140 L being the most popular model.
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