SUPER luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has today announced its fourth record year for sales and plans to create 100 new jobs at its headquarters near Goodwood this year.
The news was announced as the manufacturer gets ready to celebrate its 110th year.
The firm sold 3,630 of its hand-made cars in 2013 – the fourth year in a row it has announced record numbers.
Its cars are now sold in more than 40 countries, and strong sales growth was reported across the globe, with the Middle East increasing by 17 per cent and China by 11 per cent.
Several countries recorded strong sales performances, including Germany, Japan, Qatar and Canada.
The company also announced today a recruitment programme for 100 new permanent jobs at Goodwood, primarily in manufacturing.
‘I stated at the beginning of last year that I wished to see further sustainable growth,’ said chief executive Torsten Müller-Ötvös.
‘I am therefore delighted with this fourth successive record year, a result that reaffirms our leadership of the super-luxury segment.
‘This is an extraordinary British manufacturing success story borne out of a commitment to delivering only the very finest super-luxury goods.’
Business secretary Vince Cable, who visited the firm last year, said: ‘Rolls-Royce’s impressive sales record and the new jobs they have created shows the strength of this iconic brand and reflects the rising success of the British car industry.
Last year, car exports generated over £30bn for the UK economy – a rise of around seven per cent.
‘The government’s industrial strategy is giving businesses like Rolls-Royce the confidence to invest - delivering skilled jobs and driving growth.’
Chichester MP Andrew Tyrie added his praise for the firm and its employees.