Daimler has suspended LCV production in Russia due to lack of components

Daimler has suspended LCV production in Russia due to lack of components



Kommersant.- Daimler has suspended LCV production in Russia. The company has acknowledged that due to technical difficulties, the production of Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Classic has been suspended at Nizhny Novgorod GAZ factory. The company has stated that there’s a shortage of a number of necessary components and the search is going on to find alternatives, in order to resume production as soon as possible. Daimler has neither disclosed how long the production will be suspended for, nor specified the components in short supply.

Dealers have previously informed Kommersant about the lack of Sprinter Classic supply in 2018, and the production stopped in July as told by a source in the market.

The production of Sprinter Classic was launched in 2013 at GAZ. In 2018, the sales of the model have shrunk by 3% in the total sales of the company to 5100 units. The segment sales have risen on the other hand by 2% to 6600 units, as told by Daimler to Kommersant. As noted, the localisation of the model exceeds 50%. The model is exported to Customs Union countries, such as Belarus and Armenia, and a number of engine components are delivered to the main warehouse of the company in Germany, to be distributed to customers all around the world.