The German carmaker will dedicate 75% of its investments to top-end vehicles and its highest-selling segment of “core luxury” C-Class and E-Class models, it said on Thursday while cutting the number of entry-level models.
Chief Executive Ola Kaellenius said the semiconductor shortage which has hit the industry over the last two years had allowed Mercedes-Benz to test out higher prices on customers, which it will maintain even when the shortage eases.
“At some point restrictions (in semiconductor supply) will be lifted, but we will stick with the discipline,” he said.Mercedes-Benz has said it aims to sell exclusively electric vehicles in 2030 where market conditions allow. The volume of EVs sold will accelerate in the second half of the decade, Kaellenius said, when more models have been rolled out.
“We want to put ourselves in a position where we can serve all our markets electrically. If it’s 2030 plus ‘x’… it’s certainly not bigger than ‘5’,” Kaellenius said.
Earlier, Mercedes-Benz raised its margin target to 14% by 2025, from 10% or higher, assuming favourable conditions.It projected a 60% rise in the sales share of its top-end models from 2019 levels to 17-18% by 2026, with the Chinese market offering the highest growth potential.
Despite hitting a 16.4% margin in its cars division in the first quarter of 2022, the margin target for 2025 was ambitious given the carmaker needed to finance its electrification strategy, chief financial officer Harald Wilhelm said.”We need to be realistic about the cost of the transition to battery-electric vehicles,” Wilhelm said.