26 Mar 2012

First Rolls Royce showroom opens in NZ

9:07 am on 26 March 2012

Luxury car maker Rolls Royce has opened its first showroom in New Zealand as sales reach new levels globally.

Team McMillian in Auckland has taken on the nameplate, alongside its BMW and Mini brands.

While private buyers have imported Rolls Royce cars for a number of years, the maker has never officially sold the cars in New Zealand.

The car maker's international sales and marketing director Jolyon Nash says interest has been strong.

He says Rolls Royce has a long and rich history in New Zealand, with both historic and current generation Rolls Royce cars here.

Mr Nash says the price of the vehicle range starts at about $500,000.

He says despite the tough global economy, sales have risen and there was growth of 31% in 2011 and the growth occurred in all regions.

Mr Nash says there was 17% growth in North America and 20% growth in Europe, which had a very tough year and 23% in the Middle East.

He says even in this challenging economic environment, Rolls Royce is reasonably confident there is a healthy demand for its cars.