Mercedes Is Killing It Thanks To Its Most Expensive Models

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It looks like the new direction is working out for the German company.

Mercedes-Benz has declared that, as the 2021 sales year comes to an end, it has wrapped up the period with some successful set of results. Members of its electrified range, such as the Mercedes-Benz EQS, proved to be popular with several markets. The Maybach, AMG, and G-Class ranges were all pretty positive, too but the overall passenger division saw a slight reduction.

For the entirety of 2021, Mercedes-Benz confirms that all of its plug-in hybrid and electric cars achieved a record sales figure of 227,458 units, which is 69.3 percent up on last year's figure. 48,936 of these belong to the brand's recently launched EQ stable representing a 154.8 percent increase. When the Smart and Van divisions are included, this number sits above the 99,000 mark.

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The EQS was introduced to select global markets in August of last year, with sales reaching 16,370 units. The USA and China had access to this model in December 2021, providing a significant boost in customer orders. Altogether, the brand confirms that a total of 2,093,476 passenger car units were sold throughout the year, a drop of five percent compared to 2020.

Mercedes-Benz clarifies that this reduction was foreseen as the lack of semiconductors prevented it from fulfilling demand across all global markets. Due to this, Q4 in isolation saw a reduction of 24.7 percent in sales. The company confirms that it is taking extensive measures to ensure that outstanding orders will be fulfilled as soon as possible.

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Britta Seeger, Member of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG responsible for Marketing and Sales says: "In a challenging year, Maybach, AMG and G-Class vehicles posted new records. Order intake for the EQS, the longest-range EV on the market today, is very encouraging and production of the first all-electric AMG kicked off in December, starting a new chapter for our electric flagship. This strong global demand for all our brands gives Mercedes-Benz the tailwinds to accelerate into a new electric era."

With the introduction of an all-new generation model, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class rose in sales by 40 percent to 87,064 units. China alone accounted for 35.5 percent of global demand. Further resilience was displayed by the G-Class of which sales increased to a new record of 41,174 units.

Mercedes-AMG also enjoyed a sales bump, with 145,979 confirmed sales reflecting a 16.7 percent uptake. The exclusive Maybach brand benefited from a substantial 50.7 percent increase to 15,730 units with China ordering more than 900 examples a month.

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The brand's passenger car division did not see as much success with the Asia-Pacific region falling to 1,009,763 units for 2021. This equates to a 1.6 percent reduction while China alone ordered two percent fewer cars at 758,863 units. Europe, too, saw a reduction in sales with the brand confirming a figure of 696,136 units, resulting in an 11.2 percent decrease over last year. Germany, in particular, accounted for 213,105 units, a 25.5 percent decrease.

North America proved more resilient with a confirmed sales figure of 318,456 units, a 0.3 percent increase of which 276,102 units were allocated to the USA. Based on the company's internal calculations, Mercedes-Benz insists that it is on track to meet its European new car fleet average emissions targets for 2021. It's expected that 2022 will see a further decrease with increased demand of plug-in and battery electric vehicles expected.

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Unlike the passenger car division, Mercedes-Benz Vans saw a pleasant increase in demand across select markets. Sales rose by 2.6 percent to 334,210 units globally, with China enjoying 11.3 percent growth. Spain boasted the highest demand in the European region with a 23.2 percent increase in deliveries. Within the USA alone, the division confirms 53,572 Sprinter and Metris units were sold, which translates to a 4.8 percent increase.

However, the van division confirms that global sales had fallen in the fourth quarter of 2021 due to production bottlenecks. Globally, 90,532 Sprinter, Vito, and Citan models were sold, with a decrease in sales for Europe and North America during this final quarter. In China, however, sales are up 10.1 percent during the same period. Lastly, more than 9,000 electrified vans were sold by the commercial arm throughout the year, which is close to double what it was able to achieve in 2020.

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