Mercedes-Benz finished 2022 with a strong final quarter, delivering 540,800 Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars (+17%) to customers and achieving a rise in Top-End and Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) sales. The October to December period marked the best quarter in 2022 for Top-End vehicles with sales up 14% thanks to robust demand in most regions, despite ongoing COVID measures, semiconductor and logistic bottlenecks throughout the year.

In a challenging 2022, Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars delivered 2,043,900 vehicles (-1%) to customers. On its way towards an all-electric future, Mercedes-Benz global deliveries of xEV models (PHEVs and BEVs including smart) reached 319,200 units (+19%), representing 15% of overall Mercedes-Benz Cars retail unit sales in 2022.

Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars more than doubled BEV deliveries to 117,800 units (+124%). Including smart, almost every second Mercedes-Benz Cars xEV-sale was a Battery Electric Vehicle (44%). As part of its transformation to go all electric by the end of the decade wherever market conditions allow Mercedes-Benz announced plans for its own high-power charging network of more than 10,000 chargers worldwide ensuring effortless and rapid charging.

“2022 marks another successful year in the transformation of Mercedes-Benz: We more than doubled our BEV sales, we demonstrated our high ambition in electric with the 1,200 km EQXX test drive and we achieved a new record year for Mercedes-Maybach with sales up 37%. In 2023 we will continue our mission to offer the most desirable electric cars and further grow our BEV and Top-End sales,” said Ola Källenius, Chairman of the Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

Top-End Luxury

Deliveries to customers in the Top-End segment grew significantly in Q4 by 14% to 83,800 units, resulting in the best sales quarter for this segment in 2022. The main drivers in Q4 were sales of AMG (+28%), Mercedes-Maybach (+25%) and G-Class (+15%). Mercedes-Maybach achieved its best sales year with 21,600 units (+37%) delivered to customers. This growth was mainly supported by strong performances in Japan, Korea, the Middle East and especially China where Mercedes-Maybach delivered more than 1,100 units per month. S-Class deliveries increased to over 90,000 units, a plus of 5% versus the prior year period. In addition, the EQS was able to attract new customers to the Top-End segment.

In 2022, 19,200 vehicles were delivered to customers with a strong demand from U.S. customers, making Q4 the best sales quarter for this all-electric flagship. The EQS SUV already received positive feedback in the U.S. and will be introduced in China early in 2023. Full year deliveries of Top-End vehicles were constrained by semiconductor shortages. In 2023, Mercedes-Maybach will become electric with the launch of the Mercedes-Maybach EQS SUV in the first half of the year.

Core Luxury

Deliveries to customers in the Core Luxury segment reached 1,101,800 units (+4%). Once again, the GLC was the best-selling Mercedes-Benz model with 342,900 units (+3%) in 2022. With its successor model, launched in mid of 2022, Mercedes-Benz aims to continue this success story. The C-Class saw deliveries rise 17% to 299,100 cars.

The all-electric EQE is now available in all regions and has been delivered 12,600 times in 2022. The recently introduced EQE SUV can now be ordered throughout Europe. China and U.S. will follow in the first half of 2023. The Core Luxury segment will be further enhanced by the brand-new E-Class which will celebrate its world premiere in 2023.

Entry Luxury

Retail sales in the Entry Luxury segment reached 587,700 units (-10%) mainly impacted by supply chain and logistics bottlenecks. The EQA is the top-selling all-electric model with 33,100 units (+43%), followed by the EQB with 24,200 units (+>1,000%). The A- and B-Class received a model update in the last quarter of 2022 and are now available. BEV share doubled to 10% of sales in this segment.

Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars retail deliveries to customers by regions and markets

Retail sales in Asia remained at prior-year level with 987,800 deliveries to customers (+1%). Q4 retail sales in China increased by 13%, driven by a strong performance of the S-Class (+45%), Mercedes-Maybach (+16%) and G-Class (+14%). Full year deliveries in China were impacted by the local COVID measures (-1%). Deliveries of battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids grew by 143% in China in 2022. Total deliveries to customers in South Korea exceeded 80,000 units (+7%) for the first time in 2022. Furthermore, deliveries rose significantly in India (+41%) and Vietnam (+19%) to new all-time highs. Retail sales of Mercedes-Maybach more than doubled in South Korea and Japan in 2022.

In Europe, retail sales reached 635,100 units (+1%) with rising deliveries in Germany (+8%). Top-End vehicle sales in Europe rose to 17,600 units (+45%) in Q4 mainly driven by G-Class deliveries with 3,100 units (+102%). The xEV-share in Europa rose to 36% driven by EQA, EQB and plug-in hybrid deliveries.

Full year deliveries in North America increased moderately to 327,000 units (+3%) after a strong Q4 (+17%) which was pushed by strong Top-End sales (+18%) in the U.S. market. Full year sales in the U.S. increased by 4% driven by strong retail sales of the S-Class (+12%). Top-End retail sales account for 29% of Mercedes-Benz deliveries in the U.S. market. With the EQS, EQS SUV, EQE, EQB and soon the EQE SUV the electrification in the U.S. market is gathering pace.

Retail sales in the rest of world were impacted by the Mercedes-Benz’s decision to stop exporting cars and vans to Russia. Deliveries to customers increased significantly in South Africa (+34%) and Turkey (+21%).

Blagojce Krivevski

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