Rolls-Royce adds to its global presence

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ROLL-ROYCE Motor Cars, which has its global head office at Goodwood, near Chichester, has announced yet another expansion.

Interest in the super luxury cars has increased in Japan, leading to increased retail space in Tokyo and a new presence in Osaka, in addition to an upgraded showroom in Yokohama.

The news comes just days after Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced it was opening a new showroom in Bangkok, Thailand.

The firm’s chief executive, Torsten Müller-Ötvös, is on a tour of the region, and visited both Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tokyo and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Yokohama, as well as overseeing the opening of a new expanded showroom at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tokyo, operated by Cornes Motors.

Kenzo Watari, chief executive of Cornes Motors, said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Mr Müller‑Ötvös at the opening of this new facility.

‘Investment in this space represents Cornes Motors Ltd’s confidence in the continuing success of the Rolls-Royce brand in Tokyo.

‘I am certain the move will be the start of a highly successful new chapter in the history of Rolls-Royce in Japan.’

Paul Harris, regional director of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Asia-Pacific, added: ‘Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Tokyo was the most successful dealership by sales volume in Asia-Pacific outside of Greater China in 2011.

‘In 2011 Japan matched 2010’s sales result – a remarkable achievement considering the challenging market conditions.’

Mr Müller-Ötvös said he was confident from what he saw on his visit that Rolls-Royce Motor cars would go from strength to strength in the region, and that Japan had ‘a long and rich association with Rolls-Royce.’