Chip crisis causes severe slump at Mercedes

Released on 06.10. 2021

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Semiconductors are rare – and are also in demand in other industries. Despite strong demand, Daimler’s car deliveries are dropping in double digits. But there are also bright spots.

Stuttgart (dpa) – Daimler has to accept a significant slump in car sales due to the semiconductor shortage. The original Mercedes-Benz brand delivered worldwide from July to September 428. 361 Cars from – that was 30, 2 percent less than in The same period last year, as Daimler announced on Wednesday.

There were double-digit percentage declines in many regions, including Germany and Europe and China, the largest market. Despite robust global demand and strong incoming orders, the semiconductor bottleneck has limited sales. There were also declines in light commercial vehicles and the Smart small car series. In the top models such as the S-Class and also in electrified drives, Mercedes was able to increase.

In the course of the year so far, Mercedes has increased deliveries by 2.7 percent to 1. 59 millions of cars. However, the lead over the previous year, which was burdened by corona lockdowns, has shrunk significantly after the third quarter. Daimler boss Ola Källenius had already warned of weaker sales in the second half of the year. With smart and small commercial vehicles together, an increase of 3.8 percent to 1 59 million vehicles is due from January to September Beech.

The automotive industry is currently plagued by supply problems for electronic semiconductors because the production of chips in Asia was interrupted in several countries as a result of lockdowns or the manufacturers had switched production to other industries. The production lines at the German car companies in Europe and China keep coming to a standstill. Because the demand exceeds the supply and the delivery times are long, the car manufacturers hardly have to give discounts and on the other hand benefit from rising prices for new and used cars.

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