Rolls Royce Wants to Bring Cars Closer to Indian Buyers
In 2010, Rolls Royce sold a total of 80 units in India and, although it doesn't sound too impressive, this is actually an increase of 600 percent compared to the year before. Chinese buyers on the other hand bought 600 Rolls Royces last year, which makes Asia one of the biggest markets for the UK-based brand.
"India is one of the major markets for us in Asia, the second-fastest growing after China... We want to be present where our customers are, so we are looking at enhancing our distribution," Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer Torsten Muller Otvos was quoted as saying by The Economic Times.
Rolls at this time operates only two stores in India, at Delhi and Mumbai, but sites in Punjab and Hyderabad are also under consideration, the company official said.
"I think at least two more dealerships will be added. This year, I think we will see a three-digit number (in sales) in India," he said in a statement.
In the meantime, Rolls Royce gears up for the introduction of the Phantom electric that will see daylight at the Geneva Auto Show next week.
"Around a couple of 100 customers will get a test drive, but this is not a production model," Otvos explained.
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