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Stellantis benefits from trucks and SUVs

The car company with its legal headquarters in Amsterdam significantly exceeded its own targets in 2021 – despite the ongoing bottlenecks in the supply of semiconductors. Sales increased by 14 percent to 152 billion euros. The bottom line is that the group, which emerged from the merger of the car manufacturers Fiat Chrysler and PSA in January 2021, earned around 13 billion euros. That was almost triple the previous year. 3.3 billion euros are to go to shareholders as a dividend.

Stellantis put the cost advantages of the merger into the world's fourth-largest car company at 3.2 billion euros. Last year, the group achieved a profit margin of 11.8 percent, exceeding its own target of around ten percent. In North America, where Jeep, Dodge and Ram pickups and SUVs are well represented, Stellantis even achieved a record return of 16.3 percent.

Less but more expensive drives profit

Due to the lack of semiconductors, the parent company of brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Fiat, Jeep, Maserati and Peugeot relied primarily on the sale of premium models because they generate more profit. This effect was also observed with competitors such as Mercedes-Benz. Stellantis built a fifth fewer cars in 2021 than originally planned.

"Today's record results demonstrate that Stellantis is well positioned to deliver strong performance in even the most uncertain market environments," said CEO Carlos Tavares. The shortage of chips and the high cost of raw materials remain an issue, as CFO Richard Palmer added. However, the group still sees potential in the US market in particular.

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