Earlier this month, Daimler AG CEO Ola Kallenius stated the ongoing semiconductor chip shortage crisis will likely continue into 2023. Some industry analysts previously believed things should be mostly resolved by the end of 2022. As time goes by, that’s looking less likely. And when there’s an insufficient chip supply, final vehicle assembly cannot be completed. Quite clearly, this leads to an order backlog.
Per Reuters, Kallenius updated the situation to a German newspaper late last week where he said customers can now expect wait times of more than a year. “Demand is huge at Mercedes-Benz and at the same time there are unfortunately severe limitations,” he told Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. “For some models, the waiting times are longer than we would like, in some cases over a year.”