Rolls-Royce achieves record sales

British luxury car manufacturer Rolls-Royce achieved record sales in 2011, selling 30% more cars than in the previous year, the company has announced.

The Sussex-based company smashed its previous record set in 1978 of 3,347 cars with a 2011 total of 3,538 cars sold worldwide. Rolls-Royce's biggest market is in China, closely followed by the US and the UK.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said: "We had an outstanding year in 2011 and we should take a moment to reflect on this great British success story."

In September 2011, the company announced plans to expand its manufacturing plant in Goodwood in West Sussex.

Mr Muller-Otvos said it was also developing its dealer network and was moving into new markets like South America.

"At the core of this extraordinary success is a dedicated, committed and, above all, passionate workforce," he said.

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