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JLR says 2013 UK outlook 'positive'


Sales at premium carmaker up 19.7 percent Y/Y

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Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has said its UK trading outlook for 2013 remains ‘positive.’

In a statement on Monday, the premium carmaker, owned by India’s Tata Motors, said UK vehicle sales rose 19.7 percent on an annualised basis in 2012 to 68,586 units.

JLR’s Land Rover brand witnessed a 25 percent rise in sales to 54,480 units. A spokesperson attributed the rise to the Range Rover Evoque sports utility vehicle model.

Sales of the Jaguar saloon car also rose 2.4 percent to 14,105 vehicles, again boosted by a new model – the revamped Jaguar XF saloon.

"It's a positive 2013 outlook for Jaguar in the UK with a full year of XF Sportbrake sales, the launch of the XFR-S saloon and the highly anticipated F-TYPE two-seater sports car," the company said.

Earlier on Monday, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) said UK registrations of new cars rose to 2.04 million in 2012; an annualised rise of 5.3 percent and the highest on record since 2008.

Additionally, the 2012 growth rate was the fastest in 11 years, bolstered by a 12.9 percent rise in demand from private individuals, who bought 929,000 of the 2,044,609 units sold.

Ford Motor Company’s Fiesta and Focus, Vauxhall's Corsa and Astra and Volkswagen’s Golf were the bestselling car models in the UK for 2012 in that order.

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