MINI achieved record sales last year (since BMW’s takeover of the marque) with 285,060 models delivered to customers worldwide. This was an increase of almost 22 per cent over 2010 with the Countryman performing particularly well with sales rising six-fold to 89,036.
BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer confirmed the Clubvan concept will go into production: ‘Fans can look forward to the new special edition Clubvan. This is the first lifestyle transport vehicle in the premium small car segment.’
Rolls-Royce also had its best ever sales numbers in its 107-year history, selling 3538 models, up from 2711 in 2010. Reithofer said: ‘Rolls-Royce is about to launch the Phantom Series II in the second half of this year. This means updated design, new top technology and state-of-the-art networking services.’
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