Mercedes-Benz Cars sales rose 22.3% year on year in the first quarter of 2021 to 590,999 units.

Worldwide, plug-in hybrids and all-electric cars accounted for 10% of sales – 59,000 ‘electrified’ and 16,000 all-electric.

“The current worldwide shortage of supply in certain semiconductor components affected deliveries in the first quarter and will continue to affect sales in Q2,” Daimler said.

Asia-Pacific volume rose 46.6% as China sales were up 60.1% to a record 222,520.

Locked down Europe squeaked up just 1.8% with German sales off 15.4% at 54,446.

North America rose 12.5% to 88,318 with US volume up 15.5% to 78,256.

Mercedes-Benz claimed to be the strongest-selling luxury car brand in the US in Q1.

A new S-Class was rewarded with nameplate sales up 17%, SUVs were up 54.3% and strong German demand for EVs took Smart up 65.9% to 9,729.

Mercedes-Benz Vans sales rose 18.2% to 76,328.

Electrified model volume was up 150% to 1,200 thanks to new or updated models.