Stellantis Revenue Jumps 14 Percent as Production Shortage Looms
Things are looking up for some of the world’s largest auto manufacturers, even with a possible production shortage on the horizon.
Take Stellantis, for example. The company formed in the merger of Fiat Chrysler and PSA had a strong three-month stretch to start the year, as revenue jumped by 14%. That is good news after a pandemic-ravaged 2020 in which drivers largely stayed off the road and new car sales slumped.
“In our first quarter since the Merger, Stellantis posted strong Q1 2021 revenues,” Sellantis CFO Richard Palmer said in a statement announcing the financial results. Palmer credited the company’s “diverse brand portfolio driving increased volumes, positive pricing and improved product mix.”
The company reported a 5% increase in U.S. sales for the first quarter, selling nearly 470,000 vehicles stateside over the three-month period. Stellantis saw sales drop by 10% in the same period a year earlier and the coronavirus spread across the country.
Stellantis brands that saw sales rise over the quarter include Chrysler (32%), Alfa Romeo (25%), Ram (16%) and Jeep (8%). Dodge and Fiat sales dropped by more than a quarter (28%) apiece.
Several other auto manufacturers saw sales rise over the quarter, Car and Driver reports. Toyota (22%), Hyundai (28%), Nissan (11%), Subaru (23%), and Kia (14%), were among the brands that saw double-digit growth over the period.
Palmer, the CFO, also noted “the headwinds from the global semiconductor crisis.”
A semiconductor chip shortage has the industry worried about car production in 2021. Some plants have already been slowed or shuttered, and automakers are expected to produce as many as five million fewer vehicles than previously anticipated this year.
Car inventories are shrinking to the lowest level that some dealers say they have ever seen, according to The Detroit News. Global inventory for Steallntis was down nearly 2% over the quarter, compared to December, the company said.
That, in turn, is driving new car prices up.
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While Stellantis and other car manufacturers look to pump out new vehicles to make up for a slow year, they continue to have a hard time ensuring that their cars are safe to drive. The company recently recalled 20,000 Ram pickup trucks that it said are at risk of engine fires, for example.
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