Mercedes-Benz sold more than half a million cars in the second quarter. Demand is robust, incoming orders are high – but the shortage of chips is causing problems for the Stuttgart-based company.
Dhe production downtime due to the semiconductor shortage hindered the recovery of sales at Mercedes-Benz from the Corona crisis in the second quarter. Despite robust global demand and high incoming orders, sales were significantly limited by the global delivery bottleneck, especially in June, the car company said on Tuesday. This will also have an impact on sales in the second half of the year. From April to June, the brand with the star delivered 581,201 units, 27 percent more than in the same quarter of the previous year. At that time, sales had fallen by 20 percent due to the production stops during the pandemic.
Almost 40 percent more cars were delivered in the USA
In Europe, deliveries rose by more than 50 percent in the second quarter, while in the USA the increase amounted to 38.6 percent. In the most important market of China, on the other hand, only 5.8 percent more new cars rolled to customers, as demand there had already recovered strongly from the corona shock a year ago. For Mercedes that was still a record in China.
In total, the Daimler passenger car subsidiary sold 1.16 million vehicles in the first half of the year, an increase of 24.3 percent. Sales of the small Smart car doubled to a good 20,000 units.
Sales of electric models and hybrid cars quadrupled to 121,500, including 39,000 fully electric models such as the EQA, EQC and the van EQV. The new S-Class, one of the Swabians’ most profitable models, sold 21,500 times in the second quarter.