Jaguar Land Rover Expects ‘Positive’ UK Sales in 2013 image

After Jaguar Land Rover’s UK sales increased 19.7% in 2012, the company expects a positive outlook for 2013 too.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by Tata Motors, sold 68,586 vehicles in 2012 in the UK, an increase of 19.7% compared with 2011. The company reported its best ever sales year in the UK, where demand for vehicles is higher compared with the other major European markets also affected by the economic crisis.

Demand was also stronger also due to the Range Rover Evoque SUV, which saw its first full year of sales.According to the company, new car registrations were up 2.4% to 14,105 vehicles, helped by a 10% increase in sales of the revised Jaguar XF saloon, which gave JLR the possibility to cope with the “increasingly competitive market conditions.”

“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,” JLR said in a statement.

Overall new car sales in the UK increased 3.7% year-on-year last month, according to industry body SMMT, which also predicts demand will ‘hold firm’ this year. Unfortunately the 2013 forecasts for other European markets are gloomier.