Australia’s sluggish economy saw annual vehicle sales drop by almost 8.0 percent in 2019, but it seems not everyone is doing it tough with Rolls Royce, a brand synonymous with ultra wealth, enjoying record sales Down Under.
The iconic British-based luxury carmaker recorded 55 sales last year, which might not sound like a lot compared with Toyota's 200,000, but it was a new record in Australia, and represented an increase of 37.5 percent over 2018.
A big reason for the spike in sales was the introduction of the brand’s first SUV, the Cullinan, which represented 19 of those sales in its first full year in the market.
With a starting price of $685,000, the Cullinan is Australia’s most expensive SUV though that hasn’t stopped it biting into the market share of its key rival, the Bentley Bentayga, of which annual sales fell by 27 to 71 in 2019.
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Rolls Royce’s SUV-led success echoes Lamborghini’s, which also sold more cars here in 2019 thanks to the high-riding Urus. The company's first SUV managed 77 sales, outstripping the Huracan and Aventador supercars that managed 70 sales between them.
The Cullinan was also responsible for BMW-owned Rolls Royce enjoying its highest global sales in its 116-year history, with 5152 sold, up 25 percent compared with 2018.
2019 VEHICLE MARKET: Lowest car sales since 2011