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Rolls-Royce to remain UK-based after impressive sales results

Monday 09 January 2017, By Autovolo

Rolls-Royce to remain UK-based after impressive sales results

Rolls-Royce to remain UK-based after impressive sales results

Rolls-Royce will keep its headquarters in the UK after seeing “remarkable” sales results in 2016, the company’s CEO has announced.

Speaking as the Sussex-based company reported its second-highest sales figures in its 113-year history, boss Torsten Müller-Ötvös said: “Success for Rolls-Royce is success for Great Britain and we reaffirm our commitment to maintaining the Home of Rolls-Royce in the UK.”

The news will be music to the ears of those working at the Goodwood factory, some of whom may have feared BMW’s ownership might mean the company could up sticks and move abroad, particularly after the Brexit vote.

Müller-Ötvös, however, said: “This remarkable result emphatically affirms the global appeal of the very finest British luxury goods to the world’s most discerning patrons.

“Rolls-Royce is a true Great British manufacturing success story, one driven by the hard work and ingenuity of the men and women employed at our Centre of Luxury Excellence in Goodwood, West Sussex.

“We are deeply committed to a long term, sustainable, successful growth strategy and this result, amidst a backdrop of global uncertainty, affirms this approach. 2016 has proven the perfect year to sign off the successful first chapter of the renaissance of Rolls-Royce.”

Rolls-Royce sold more than 4,000 vehicles last year, after its UK market grew 26 per cent and Japanese sales also grew by around a quarter.

However, Rolls-Royce was not the only British manufacturer with cause to celebrate, as Jaguar’s 77 per cent sales uplift saw the company break its record figures, with almost 150,000 vehicles finding homes globally.