Rolls-Royce is to create 100 new jobs in the UK after reporting the fourth consecutive year of record sales.
The luxury car giant, a subsidiary of BMW, delivered more than 3,630 cars to customers in 2013, the highest in the brand's history, with sales growth reported across several regions worldwide.
The biggest increases were in the Middle East (up 17 per cent) and China (11 per cent), but strong sales were also achieved in Germany, Japan and Canada, and the company said 2013 was another record year for requests to personalise models, ranging from the inclusion of jewellery boxes and fridges to a family crest.
Torsten Muller-Otvos, chief executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said: "My aim at the beginning of last year was sustained growth and another sales record. I am delighted to announce our sales for 2013 and to celebrate the 110th anniversary of the marque with an historic record result.
"We have reported a strong year and have maintained our position at the pinnacle of the super-luxury market. Rolls-Royce is a British manufacturing success story, with a dedicated workforce that is second to none."
The firm said the new jobs will be created at the firm's UK centre in Goodwood, Sussex, mainly in manufacturing roles.
Business Secretary Vince Cable said: "Rolls-Royce's impressive sales record and the new jobs they have created shows the strength of this iconic brand and reflects the rising success of the British car industry.
"Last year, car exports generated over £30bn for our economy – a rise of around 7 per cent. The Government's industrial strategy is giving businesses like Rolls-Royce the confidence to invest, delivering skilled jobs and driving growth."