Record January for Jaguar Land Rover as global sales soar
VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has announced record global sales for January, with 46,016 vehicles dispatched to owners – a 24% increase on the same month last year.
The West Midlands-based company said retail sales were up year-on-year across all regions: 65% in Europe, 36% in the UK, 9% in North America, and 5% in China. Other overseas markets were up 15% year-on-year.
Commenting on the performance, Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: “Following our best full year global sales in 2015, this is a great start to the new year, with very strong performance from both brands and across all of our key regions. Europe and the UK retailed almost 20,000 vehicles this month alone, driven by solid sales of the XE and the Discovery Sport.
“Similarly, in China market response to the locally-produced Discovery Sport was very positive with retails of almost 3,000 in its second month of sales.”
Marking its best January yet, Land Rover sold 38,075 vehicles in the month, up 20% year-on-year. Best-sellers for the month were the Range Rover Evoque (9,729 vehicles) and the Discovery Sport (9,486 vehicles).
Strong demand for brand stalwart, the Defender in its last full month of production, ensured the iconic vehicle went out with a bang, recording its best January in over a decade.
However, it was the performance of Jaguar – and in particular its new Jaguar XE sports saloon – that really stole the honours.
The brand had its best January performance since 2005, delivering 7,941 vehicles, up 44% on the previous year. This was due to continued solid sales of the XE (3,673 vehicles). Europe and the UK recorded outstanding year-on-year growth of 131% and 184%, respectively, while retails in the Overseas region were 22% up year-on-year.