JAGUAR Land Rover has recorded its best ever monthly and quarterly global sales performance.
Sales hit 53,772 in March and 115,504 for the first quarter of 2013, up 16 per cent and 17 per cent respectively versus the prior year.
JLR had a record month in the UK with sales of 17,784, up 14 per cent on the previous best set in March 2012. Jaguar sales in the UK were up 21 per cent with the XF and XF Sportbrake being popular with buyers.
Land Rover delivered 14,268 sales – a new record month – up 12 per cent, with the Freelander up 45 per cent, Range Rover up 43 per cent and Range Rover Evoque up 9 per cent.
China delivered its best ever month retailing 8,487 units collectively, up 22 per cent.
Jaguar sold a record 1,592 cars, up 91 per cent while Land Rover continued its strong sales performance with 6,895 vehicles sold in the month, up 13 per cent.
North America delivered its best March performance since 2006 with sales of 6,453, up six per cent while Land Rover set a March record selling 4,899 vehicles.
In Europe JLR sales were up 11 per cent.
Strong sales were recorded in a number of other overseas and developing markets. Best ever month records were set in Brazil, Korea, India and Russia.
Best March performances were recorded in the Middle East and North Africa up 60 per cent and South Africa up 39 per cent.