The popularity of the Range Rover brand in particular helped Land Rover achieve its best ever year, selling a total of 381,108 vehicles, an increase of nine per cent on 2013.
Including Jaguar models, Jaguar Land Rover sold 462,678 vehicles in 2014, making 2014 the company’s fifth successive year of growth.
Andy Goss, JLR’s Group Sales Operations Director, said: ‘With 12 significant new product actions planned for 2015 and the introduction of the the Land Rover Discovery Sport, we anticipate retailing over half a million vehicles for the first time in the company’s history.’
Only 15% of JLR’s income derives from selling vehicles in the UK; the rest comes from exporting them overseas. The biggest sales increases came from Korea (up 33%) and China (up 28%). Sales to Australia, a historic Land Rover market but one which has lost out to Japanese rivals in recent decades, were also up by 19%.
JLR’s biggest market is China, where it sold 122,010 vehicles in 2014, compared with 82,082 in the UK.