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Old 10th January 2011, 19:01   #1
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The rich got rolling last year, pushing Rolls-Royce Motor Cars to its highest sales figures since BMW took over the company seven years ago.

The luxury automaker said Monday that it sold 2,711 cars in 2010, up 171 per cent over the previous year.

The United States remained the No. 1 market for the cars, which sell for 200,000 pounds ($310,000) or more. But the Asia-Pacific was the best regional market as Rolls-Royce reported strong sales gains in China, Japan and South Korea.

China ranked as the company's second-largest market, followed by Britain, the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

The 2010 sales were still short of the company's all-time record of 3,357 cars in 1978, said Rolls-Royce spokesman Andrew Ball.

Figures released last week by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders showed that other luxury brands registered strong sales in the United Kingdom.

Bentley, owned by Volkswagen, sold 993 cars in the U.K., up 30 per cent from a year earlier. Porsche, another VW brand, sold 28.5 per cent more cars for the year, to a total of 6,784, and Lotus sales were up 19 per cent to 577. Aston-Martin, however, was down nearly 9 per cent to 1,080.

The society did not report U.K. sales for Rolls-Royce which, at its request, is included in the "other British" category which totaled 1,049 units, up 16 per cent. Rolls-Royce does not publish regional sales figures, Ball said.

"Above news courtesy NDTV"
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Rolls-Royce sales more than doubled in the first 10 months of 2010 to over 2000 units following the launch of the Ghost, says boss Torsten Muller-Otovos. The Ghost now accounts for around three-quarters of Rolls’ sales. Eighty per cent of its buyers are new to the marque and, on average, they are 10 years younger than Phantom buyers.

Sales have grown by 360 per cent in the US and 250 per cent in Europe. Asia-Pacific sales have grown eight-fold, while UK sales are up 50 per cent.

The Rolls-Royce range may now consist of four models – Phantom, Phantom Drophead Coupé, Phantom Coupé and Ghost – but more than 100 customers have bought an example of all four cars.

The firm last week confirmed plans to Autocar to expand the Ghost range by adding three new variants over the next three years: long-wheelbase, drophead coupe and coupe versions.

"above info courtesy Autocar UK"

In the uber rich saloon category BMW has surely licked Mercedes to become the undisputed king. The poor Maybach sales will not be even 10% of Rolls sales, though it competes only with the Phantom. However Mercedes may draw some consolation that it's S class remains king in it's segment beating 7 Series and Audi A8. Jaguar XJ is supposed to be selling more than S class, at least in U.K.
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