The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class has been a sales hit, according to Mercedes. Over 40,000 units have been delivered since European its introduction a few months ago. Previous gen car sold 1.5 million over 6 years.

Mercedes-Benz has another sure-hit under their belt. The new E-Class sedan has so far sold more than 40,000 units since its introduction earlier in the year. The company also confirms that the E-Class Estate will be launched in the autumn of 2009 with a public debut at IAA in September. Several spy pictures of the Estate have appeared already.

"We are very delighted with this positive response," said Dr. Klaus Maier, Executive Vice President Sales and Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars, "because the E-Class has always been of great importance for Mercedes-Benz. It's an exemplary embodiment of the brand's basic attributes of safety, comfort, and quality."

Sales are sure to increase even further in the coming months when the E-Class is launched in key markets like the US and China. The two new sedan models that have also been added will help. These are the E 200 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY that makes 135kW (184hp) and an E 200 CDI with 100kW (136hp). The coupé gets two new versions too, including an E 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY.

Under the prevailing market conditions it might prove difficult for the new car to follow in the tracks of its predecessor which sold over 1.5 million units during the 6 years it was in the market. But even a betting man would find it hard to bet against it though.

Gallery: New Mercedes E-Class Sedan Sales hit 40,000, Wagon Confirmed for Frankfurt