In full-year 2022, Mercedes-Benz global sales contracted by 1% to 2,043,900 cars with the GLC the top-selling model worldwide.
2022 (January to December): Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars delivered 2,043,900 vehicles worldwide but a strong year-end performance hinted at growth opportunities in 2023. China remained the largest single-country market for Mercedes-Benz followed by the USA and Germany. The GLC was the most-popular Mercedes-Benz model worldwide but strong growth was also experienced with electrified vehicles. Luxury Mercedes-Maybach cars had the best sales year ever.
Mercedes-Benz Sales Worldwide and per Major Global Region in 2022
Mercedes-Benz sales in major world markets in 2022 were as follows:
|Sales 2022||Sales 2021||Change in %|
|Mercedes-Benz Cars wholesale unit sales||2,040,500||1,943,900||5|
|Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars retail|
deliveries to customers*
|– thereof BEVs excl. smart||117,800||52,500||124|
|Mercedes-Benz Passenger Cars retail deliveries to customers by regions and markets*|
|– thereof Germany||229,500||213,100||8|
|– thereof China||751,700||758,900||-1|
|– thereof U.S.||286,800||276,100||4|
|Rest of World||94,000||128,700||-27|
- *incl. V-Class, T-Class, and EQV.
- ** Europe: European Union, United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Norway
- *** North America: USA, Canada, and Mexico.
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%) but far behind BMW and a lower sales percentage than its premium German luxury car competitors. Including smart, almost every second Mercedes-Benz Cars xEV-sale was a Battery Electric Vehicle (44%).
Mercedes-Benz Sales in Major Global Markets in 2022
Full-year deliveries in China, by far the most important market for Mercedes-Benz in terms of sales (and likely profits too), 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%). The xEV-share in Europa rose to 36% driven by EQA, EQB, and plug-in hybrid deliveries.
Full-year 2022 deliveries in North America increased moderately to 327,000 units (+3%). Full-year sales in the US 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 the world were impacted by Mercedes-Benz’s decision to stop exporting cars and vans to Russia. Deliveries to customers increased significantly in South Africa (+34%) and Turkey (+21%).
Mercedes-Benz Global Sales by Model in 2022
Mercedes-Benz group vehicles by luxury segments as follows:
- Top-End Luxury Vehicles: Mercedes-AMG, Mercedes-Maybach, G-Class, S-Class, GLS, EQS and EQS SUV
- Core Luxury Vehicles: All derivatives from C- and E-Class
- Entry Luxury Vehicles: All derivatives from A- and B-Class incl. smart
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. The EQS SUV already received positive feedback in the U.S. and will be introduced in China early in 2023.
Full-year 2022 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.
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.
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.
Global Worldwide Car Sales by Brand in 2022 (Full Year)
Global worldwide sales by brand in 2022:
- Volkswagen Group (including Audi, Bentley, Lamborghini, Seat / Cupra, Porsche, Skoda, VW)
- Volkswagen Group Electric Car Sales
NOTE: “Sales” as reported by the various brands generally refer to deliveries and not necessarily sales to the customer or final registration. Terms and definitions may vary. All statistics are provided by respective car manufacturers unless clearly stated otherwise.