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Oh, the quandaries that must be spinnin' in the heads of the DCXers at the moment. M-B managed to bootstrap its sales up by 16%, helped by the redesigned M and S-Classes, as well as the intro of the B and R-Class machines. But all ain't rosy. Smart is wallowing in the mire, with only 7,700 sales for the quarter. We love the fact that in the Reuters article, the teensy-car marque's referred to as the company's "loss-making Smart brand" because, you know, making a loss is always better than just hemorhagging cash.

WRAPUP 1-Mercedes car sales put shine on DaimlerChrysler [Reuters]

Mercedes-Benz Profits Up [Internal]