Mercedes-Benz has just published its sales performance data for 2021, of which the company managed to deliver a total of 2,093,476 vehicles from January to December last year.

Compared to 2020, last year’s figure represents a 5% drop in sales, which the company attributes to the bottlenecks introduced by the global semiconductor shortage. The German carmaker says it was impacted particularly badly in Q4 of 2021, which saw sales dropped by 24.7%.

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Unfortunately, that figure also means that it has now lost its crown as the best-selling luxury carmaker to BMW for the first time in five years – the latter delivered a record-breaking 2.2 million vehicles in 2021.

Despite that, there are still several silver linings for the Stuttgart-based carmaker. Sales of electrified models have seen a significant growth with 227,458 units sold (+69%). Of these, fully-electric models have nearly doubled in volume with a 90% uptick compared to last year (99,301 units).

Mercedes-Benz’s luxury, performance, and off-road sub-brands have also seen solid growth throughout the year. Deliveries of Mercedes-AMG models soared by 16.7% to 145,979 units, while Mercedes-Maybach saw a jump of 50.7% (15,730 units), with more than 900 units delivered per month in China.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Class also achieved a new sales record last year with 41,174 units sold. Orders for the Mercedes-Benz EQ’s range-topping EQS sedan also reached 16,370 since its launch in August last year, the carmaker said.

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Despite the significant drop in sales in the last quarter of 2021, Mercedes-Benz says that demand for its vehicles are still high, adding that the company is making every effort to fulfil customers’ orders “as soon as possible”.

“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,” said Mercedes-Benz board member for marketing and sales, Britta Seeger. 

“This strong global demand for all our brands gives Mercedes-Benz the tailwinds to accelerate into a new electric era.”