Rolls-Royce Motors Ltd. had a record year in 1971, which is good news indeed, after the financial collapse of the older R-R Company. They delivered 2,270 cars last year, the highest annual production since the Silver Shadow was first produced in 1965. Their value was more than £16.5-million and nearly half were exported, or 19% more than in 1970. The new motor company has an annual turnover of £35-million and employs 8,000 people. It is taking steps to increase production of the H. J. Mulliner/Park Ward Corniche model from 350 to 500 a year.
BMW Concessionaires (GB) Ltd. expect to be the largest car importers in Britain by 1974, in terms of turnover. They expect by then to be importing some 17,000 of the much-respected, high-quality cars from Munich, as well as spares and, of course, BMW motorcycles, an estimated capital turnover of more than £50-million. They have been promised 8,000 cars for the UK market this year and claim 1971 sales, including exports, of over 5,000.