Rolls-Royce logs 6% surge in deliveries in 2016 to record-breaking 4,011 vehicles

Article by Christian A., on January 15, 2017

Things are looking good at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars as the British luxury carmaker impressed by posting a six-percent jump in deliveries in 2016. Rolls-Royce’s 2016 deliveries of 4,011 units in the full year 2016 was the carmaker’s second highest annual sales ever, showing that the luxury marque is still one of the most sought in over 50 countries around the world.

The carmaker posted record sales in single markets like Japan (plus 51 percent), Germany (plus 30 percent) and the United Kingdom (plus 26 percent). Rolls-Royce also surpassed previous sales high in China (plus 23 percent) and the United States (plus 10 percent). Rolls-Royce also logged record sales in several global markets. It managed to grow its deliveries in 2016 in the Americas by 12 percent, Europe by 28 percent, and Asia Pacific by five percent.

However, the British luxury carmaker failed to make significant advances in the Middle East, no thanks to economic and political uncertainty in the region that lowered demand for all luxury goods. Nonetheless, the Middle East was Rolls-Royce’s third largest market in 2016. Moreover, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai managed to deliver the most number of luxury vehicles in the year.

Torsten Muller-Otvos, Rolls-Royce chief executive, the encouraging delivery results in 2016 affirms the global appeal of British luxury goods to the most discerning customers in the world. He added that 2016 was the perfect year to sign off Rolls-Royce’s first chapter of renaissance. Rolls-Royce attributed its success in 2016 to its Wraith and Ghost models as well as to its new Dawn Drophead and the seventh-generation Phantom, which was regarded as the best car in the world.

Rolls-Royce is planning to introduce the eighth generation of the Phantom flagship in late 2018, as production of the seventh-gen Phantom ended in 2016. Rolls-Royce also successfully completed a great number of bespoke vehicles commissioned by its discerning clients around the world. These commissions include the 30 bespoke Phantoms especially designed for THE 13 hotel in Macau.

This year, the British carmaker is expanding its new Rolls-Royce Technology and Logistics Centre (TLC) at Bognor Regis by around 10,000 square meters as the company prepares for future models. TLC – currently offering 30,000 in production space – was officially opened in January 2016. An expansion would allow Rolls-Royce to double its production footprint. Royce also expanded its Goodwood facilities in 2016.

With the achieved expansion, Rolls-Royce also boosted its overall workforce by around 100 new jobs to 1,700 employees. In 2016, Rolls-Royce added six new dealerships – including the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Studio in South Korea -- to its global network, which means the carmaker now has 136 retailers around the world.

Press Release

ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS ANNOUNCES SECOND HIGHEST SALES RECORD IN MARQUE’S 113-YEAR HISTORY

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has today announced its second highest ever annual sales result in the marque’s 113-year history, up 6% on its 2015 results. A total of 4,011 cars were delivered to customers in more than 50 countries, affirming the brand’s strength and resilience in a year of challenging market conditions for luxury goods worldwide.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO, 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. 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 company recorded its highest-ever sales in key global markets including the Americas (up 12%), Europe (up 28%) and Asia Pacific (up 5%). A number of individual markets also exceeded previous records, notably Japan (up 51%), Germany (up 30%), the UK – the marque’s home market – (up 26%), China (up 23%) and the USA (up 10%).

The only major region where conditions remained difficult was the Middle East where consumer demand for all luxury goods was dampened by economic and political uncertainty. However, despite these challenging market conditions, the Middle East ended the year as the third largest market in 2016, while Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Dubai earned the accolade of the highest selling dealership globally.

As part of its commitment to long-term sustainable growth, Rolls-Royce announced six new dealerships during 2016, bringing the global dealership network to 136. New launches included the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Studio in South Korea and an innovative boutique-style concept in Dubai.

Models
Sustained global demand for Rolls-Royce’s fine products was driven by the continued success of the Wraith and Ghost families, which were further enhanced in 2016 with the introduction of their new Black Badge variants. Another major contributor was Dawn drophead which entered full production with the strongest pre-order book ever achieved by a new Rolls-Royce model.

2016 was also the final year of production for the seventh-generation Phantom, with its successor due in late 2018. Phantom retained its status as both the company’s pinnacle flagship product and the “best car in the world”, with customers eager to secure final Bespoke commissions to complete their collections, and own a landmark piece of Rolls-Royce history.

Bespoke
A highlight of the year was the successful completion of the largest single commission ever undertaken by Rolls-Royce: a fleet of 30 Extended Wheelbase Phantoms exclusively designed and handcrafted for THE 13 hotel in Macau. The first car was handed over to luxury entrepreneur Stephen Hung, Joint Chairman of THE 13 Holdings Limited, at the 2016 Geneva International Motor Show. Commissions like this reaffirm Rolls-Royce’s status as the only truly Bespoke house in the automotive world.

Indeed, almost as significant as the sales figures themselves is the continued growth and strength of Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke offering. One of the marque’s founding beliefs is that true luxury is deeply personal, and accordingly Rolls-Royce continues to invest heavily in its Bespoke capabilities and craftsmanship.

Virtually every Phantom, Ghost, Wraith and Dawn produced in 2016 contained specially-commissioned and unique Bespoke design elements, reaffirming Rolls-Royce as the world’s only truly handcrafted luxury motor car. This position was further reinforced through its latest Bespoke Collections, which in 2016 included the Phantom Zenith Collection and ‘Dawn – Inspired by Fashion’, as well as unique creations such as Ghost Eternal Love, Nautical Dawn, ‘Dusk to Dawn’ and Phantom Wisdom. The Bespoke Wraith Luggage Collection and Picnic Hamper for the Phantom Zenith Collection also garnered critical acclaim and strong commissions worldwide.

Future Growth
The new Rolls-Royce Technology and Logistics Centre (TLC) at Bognor Regis opened, on schedule, in January 2016. This purpose-built 30,000m2 facility, close to the manufacturing plant at Goodwood, was built from the outset with the potential for future expansion and the buildings will be extended in 2017 by almost 10,000m2 to meet growing demand and in readiness for future models. The expansion will give the TLC the same overall footprint as the Home of Rolls-Royce, more than doubling the scale of the company’s facilities since its launch in 2003.

Throughout 2016, significant building and expansion work also continued at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood. The company invested heavily in a new single-line manufacturing system that is central to its long-term production strategy. Testing of an all-new proprietary aluminium space-frame architecture, which will underpin every new Rolls-Royce model built on the new single line from early 2018, is now approaching completion.

The growth in production facilities was matched by the creation of over 100 new jobs at the Home of Rolls-Royce at Goodwood in 2016. The company now employs over 1,700 people, representing a remarkable increase approaching 500% on the original team of 350 who worked to create the first Phantom in 2003.

Rolls-Royce also demonstrated its long-term commitment to supporting future talent with a record intake on its industry-leading Apprenticeship Programme, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. More than 50 young people are currently learning skilled trades at the Home of Rolls-Royce, with similar recruitment levels planned for 2017. Record numbers of graduates and interns also joined the company during 2016.

The success of Rolls-Royce is based upon an intimate understanding of luxury customers’ requirements. This was echoed in the success of the marque’s Provenance (pre-owned) and Financial Services programmes which both enjoyed exceptional results in 2016. These tailored solutions reflect the way in which many of today’s patrons of luxury seek to invest in fine objects.

In closing, Müller-Ötvös said, “We are deeply proud of the achievements of our historic brand over the past years. Rolls-Royce continues to surge forward in a confident and sustainable manner. Our business model, which is rooted in our unique and detailed understanding of the multifaceted world of luxury, is producing growth at just the right pace for a truly rare and exclusive brand. This is what our customers demand of us and this is what we will continue to deliver.”

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

At Aston Martin, there is the Valkyrie. In the near future, there might also be a Valhalla. Another name that starts with letter “V,” the Valhalla has just been reserved...
by - November 16, 2018
The up-and-coming Audi E-tron GT four-door sports car is one of the electric cars that the premium carmaker has promised to deliver before 2025. But as early as now, some...
by - November 15, 2018
Magneti Marelli S.p.A., the high-end maker of automotive parts and components, will be soon own by a Japanese company. This comes as it current owner, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has inked...
by - November 15, 2018
It has already been months since Czech carmaker Skoda unveiled the comprehensively refreshed – both in terms of design and engineering -- Fabia hatchback. Now, the car company will be...
by - November 14, 2018
After VIN registrations revealed months ago that Porsche was planning a new 718 Cayman T, new details have surfaced that about the hardcore model. According to a report by Auto...
by - November 14, 2018