Land Rover reports best ever month

Motor company Land Rover sold 67% more vehicles in the UK last month compared with the same period in 2009, marking the firm's best-ever month of sales in the country.

The British-based company also reported a rise in global sales of its new vehicles during the first quarter of 2010.

In comparison with the January-March period in 2009, Land Rover recorded a 36% increase in sales in the same period this year. Meanwhile, worldwide sales in March 2010 shot up by over 43%.

In China, sales increased 168% during March and 192% in the first three months of this year. With over 2,000 vehicles sold last month, China has also become the company's third-largest market after the UK and North America.

Also, sales have been particularly strong in South Korea and Brazil, while North America sales rose around 23% in March 2010.

Land Rover managing director Phil Popham said: "We have had an incredible start to 2010. March has seen an all-time record in our home market which is extremely encouraging."

The company, founded in 1948, however said that it is unhappy about the new vehicle excise duty (VED) rises - dubbed the "showroom tax". According to Land Rover, the rises will affect its business.

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