Rolls-Royce car sales hit record high in 2021

Luxury car maker Rolls-Royce raced to record-high sales in 2021.

They soared 49% despite the global health crisis as demand for luxury vehicles surged, the carmaker said.

The company sold 5,586 cars in total.

Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes.

"All markets, regions worldwide were on a clear growth path in comparison to 2020. We haven't seen a single market tanking or whatever. Something I haven't seen before in my entire career here. I am now, 12 years with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in that position, and I've never seen all markets worldwide on such a strong level. It's amazing."

The BMW-owned company joined other premium automakers like Bentley and Aston-Martin in reporting higher sales.

Like Rolls-Royce, Britain's Bentley saw a record year in 2021, with global purchases up 31%.

It comes as travel restrictions have left many wealthy consumers with more disposable income.

Mueller-Oetvoes says the challenge now is not finding customers, but producing enough cars:

"There is also quite a lot of wealth accumulated and that is spent into luxury goods. So for that reason, we profited from that development, obviously, and have seen a great, great year."

Rolls-Royce is committed to going electric by 2030.

Mueller-Oetvoes said the company was a 'perfect fit' for EVs, due to its tradition of near-silent running.

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