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by Matt Brogan

Mercedes-Benz has made a very positive start to 2010 with January sales up almost 57 per cent over last year.

The leading German luxury auto maker retailed 1,470 new cars, SUVs, vans and trucks in Australia, well and truly exceeding its January 2009 result.

With a busy year of new-model releases ahead, local Mercedes-Benz sales are expected to grow during the course of the year.  2010 will see the introduction of a variety of fascinating sports and luxury models, including the return of a couple of motoring icons, such as the internationally famed SLS AMG “Gullwing” supercar.

“This month’s result is an indication of a good 2010,” said Mr Horst von Sanden, managing director of Mercedes-Benz Cars in Australia.

“Customer demand for our vehicles from 2009 has certainly spilled into this year and with a number of exciting new models heading our way we expect a strong 2010.”

New highly efficient turbocharged direct-injection engines figure amongst the new Mercedes-Benz models heading Australian shores this year, as do a number of other technology highlights.