Rolls-Royce record sales in China and the Middle East
In 2013, the British luxury car saw sales rise by 1.5 per cent, with Chinese and Persian Gulf buyers leading the way.

London (AsiaNews/Agencies) - Thanks to new buyers in China and the Middle East, Rolls-Royce has had record sales last year.

The famous British luxury carmaker, which is owned by Germany's BMW, saw sales rise to 3,630 vehicles last year, up by 1.5 per cent over 2012.

Torsten Muller-Otvos, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said sales have steadily increased in the past four years. China is the top importer, with the United States in second place.

The Rolls-Royce brand has also seen an increase in sales in the Gulf countries.

Despite the prohibitive costs - the average price of a car is US$ 275,000 - the British brand is among the world's leaders in luxury cars with sales in over 40 countries.