Mercedes car prices have rocketed

February 17, 2023

Driving a shiny new Mercedes-Benz may soon become a distant dream for many but the most affluent. 


The average price of a Mercedes reached some €72 900 (R1.4 million) last year — a 43% increase over 2019 levels.

That chimes with the carmaker’s push even further upmarket by focusing on top-end models like the S-Class sedan to bolster profits. The company has been working through pent-up demand after chip shortages curbed production last year.

Mercedes is hiking the prices even of entry-level models like the A-Class hatchback. Drivers are increasingly only be able to buy versions of the car with bells-and-whistle options as standard.

Mercedes isn’t alone. Around the world, manufacturers are reaping the benefits of selling fewer but more expensive cars. In the US, average monthly payments for a new car nearly doubled from late 2019.

And as battery-powered vehicles tend to cost more than the average combustion-engine car, the shift to EVs may make the affordability crisis even worse.-fin24

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