Jaguar Land Rover posts record half-year sales

Jaguar Land Rover has delivered its strongest half year sales performance to date in the first half of 2014, up 14% year-on-year.

The Coventry-based manufacturer sold 240,372 vehicles in the year to June, which is more than in the whole of 2010.

Jaguar sales rose 16% year-on-year, retailing 43,587 vehicles in the year to date.

Land Rover sold 196,785 vehicles, up 14%.

In the month of June, Jaguar Land Rover retailed 39,594 vehicles, up 17%.

Andy Goss, sales operations director of Jaguar Land Rover Group, said: “It is very encouraging to see both of our Jaguar and Land Rover brands delivering such strong performances for the first half of 2014.”

“Range Rover Sport sales are up … since last year and, 21 months since it was rolled out, the Range Rover remains strong, with sales performance continuing to grow year-on-year.”

The strong figures posted by Jaguar Land Rover underline an impressive performance by the UK automotive sector this year.

Sussex-based manufacturer Rolls-Royce Motors this week posted record half-year sales figures.

A report released last week by the The Society of Motor Manufacturers & Traders (SMMT) showed that 1.29m new cars were registered in the first six months of the year, representing a 10.6% rise and the best half-year total since 2005.

The Ford Fiesta remains the UK’s most popular car, selling 70,000 units in the year-to-date. The Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa are the second and third most popular, selling 45,000 and 42,000 units respectively.

June was a record 28th consecutive month of growth for the industry. Mike Hawes, SMMT chief executive, said that the market was growing faster than anticipated.

Hawes said: “Improving economic conditions have helped propel the UK new car market to a strong first half-year performance.”

“The overall market has risen faster than we were expecting but, after a bumper March, growth is showing signs of stabilising around our forecast level,” he added.