LONDON, Jan. 9 (Xinhua) -- Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the super-luxury division of BMW, delivered a record 3,630 cars globally in 2013, marking the fourth consecutive record year, said Rolls-Royce in a press release on Thursday.
China, the United States and the Middle East remained as the three strongest pillars for the company's record sale, of which Chinese sales gained 11 percent over the last year, and Middle Eastern deliveries jumped by 17 percent, figures showed.
The total number of car sales for 2013 is 3,630, up on the 2012 total of 3,575. And 15 new dealerships opened across the world last year, taking the total to 120 for the first time in the company's history, and wedging into new markets such as Istanbul, Beirut and Lagos, etc.
Torsten Muller-Otvos, Chief Executive Officer at Rolls-Royce Motor, said, "We have reported a strong year and have maintained our position at the pinnacle of the super-luxury market. Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story, with a dedicated workforce that is second to none."
The company also announced a 2014 recruitment program for 100 new permanent jobs based at the home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood, England. More than 1,300 people are now employed by Rolls-Royce worldwide.
Car exports generated over 30 billion pounds (about 49.5 billion U.S. dollars) for the United Kingdom last year, a rise of around 7 percent, data showed.
BMW, the world's leading luxury vehicles market player, has said group deliveries in 2013 probably reached a record for a third straight year.