Mercedes hampered by Q2 components shortages

Between April and June the carmaker offered 490,000 items globally, down -16% on the identical quarter in 2021. It stated whereas demand for its automobiles remained sturdy, Covid-19 lockdown measures and a scarcity of semiconductor elements had constrained provides resulting in manufacturing shortages.

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Semiconductor shortages hit Q2 gross sales within the top-end luxurious class, which incorporates the AMG, Maybach, G-Class, S-Class, GLS and EQS, which have been down -16% at slightly below 72,000 items.

“We’re making each effort to fulfil buyer expectations, regardless of the present provide restrictions,” stated Britta Seeger, head of promoting and gross sales for Mercedes-Benz Automobiles.

Gross sales have been down 20% in Asia within the second quarter due to the Covid-19 lockdown measures in Shanghai, which closed down ports and inland logistics, in addition to affecting manufacturing. Nevertheless, Mercedes-Benz stated that deliveries rebounded on the lifting of restrictions and deliveries in China for June have been up 40% in comparison with Could ranges. 

Electrical Europe 
In Europe, gross sales reached 154,300 automobiles (-10%) with Germany accounting for 50,600 items (-4%). Gross sales in Europe have been bolstered by the continued development in EVs. Virtually each third automobile offered in Europe within the first half of 2022 was an xEV (30%), these being the battery and plug-in hybrid EVs the carmaker sells. Deliveries of xEVs reached 139,600 worldwide (+14%) throughout the identical interval.

“The electrical ramp up is gaining traction: gross sales of our absolutely electrical automobiles elevated by greater than 90% in Q2 and even 134% within the first half of 2022,” stated Seeger.

Gross sales within the North America area totalled 91,000 items (-3%), of which 79,100 passenger vehicles (-4%) have been delivered to prospects within the US.

Mercedes stated final month it was aligning its international manufacturing community to fabricate its reshaped product portfolio centered on luxurious EVs. The carmaker’s meeting crops in Sindelfingen, Bremen, Rastatt and Kecskemét will begin manufacturing of recent fashions within the prime finish luxurious, core luxurious and entry luxurious segments from the center of this decade.

The worldwide Mercedes-Benz manufacturing community is sustainable, digital and versatile,” stated Jörg Burzer, head of manufacturing and provide chain at Mercedes-Benz Group. “We’re prepared for the fast scaling of EV volumes, not least due to our extremely certified and motivated group worldwide. With the brand new manufacturing set-up we’re additional growing our flexibility and effectivity and securing the way forward for our areas.”

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