Mercedes-Benz sales rise 25% to 1.18 million units in first half 2021

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 06 Jul 2021

Mercedes-Benz Cars has delivered 1,182,724 passenger cars (+25.1%) to customers worldwide in the first half of 2021.

In China, Mercedes-Benz set two new records: The highest deliveries in a second quarter (219,059 units, +5.8%) and in a first half of a year (441,579 units, +27.6%). Double-digit Q2 sales growth was achieved in Germany (+26.3%) and the USA (+38.6%).

Despite the good showing, the luxury carmaker says the worldwide supply shortage of certain semiconductor components affected global deliveries to customers in Q2, especially in June. The shortage is expected to continue to impact the upcoming two quarters in terms of sales.

“Great customer demand for our Mercedes-Benz models propelled our double-digit growth in the first half of 2021. Order intake levels remain high supported by the popularity of the new S-Class, the xEVs and the sales launch of the new C-Class in many markets,” said Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes‑Benz AG responsible for Marketing and Sales.

Deliveries of plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars more than quadrupled in just six months, reaching 121,500 units (+305.0%). In total, the xEVs made up 10.3% of total Mercedes-Benz Cars sales in the first half of 2021. Around 39,000 all-electric vehicles were delivered from January to June (+291.4%), including more than 19,000 units (+469.4%) of the EQA, EQC and EQV models

Sales by regions and markets
Sales of Mercedes-Benz in the Asia-Pacific region rose from January to June 26.1%. Deliveries of Mercedes-Benz in China remained on a record level, with a total of 441,579 units in H1 (+27.6%).

In the Europe region, the recovery of many markets led to a sales growth of 53.7% in the second quarter. Mercedes-Benz sold in Germany a total of 107,269 cars from January to June, achieving a sales level slightly above last year (+1.0%). Sales in the North America region totalled in H1 182,305 units (+24.4%) with 160,646 passenger cars delivered to customers in the USA (+26.3%).

From January to June, the GLC SUV was again the best-selling single model of Mercedes-Benz worldwide, followed by the C- and E-Class saloon. The new C-Class, which had its start of sales on March 30, already achieved an order intake level of around 50,000 orders. Deliveries of the smart brand more than doubled in Q2 with 10,524 units (+148.3%). A total of 20,253 two- and four-door urban microcars were delivered from January to June (+100.5%).