By Andy Sambidge
Luxury car maker bucks global trend as sales increase amid continuing economic slowdown.
Jaguar has announced an increase in year on year sales for the first quarter of 2009, despite the global slowdown in new car sales.
Total sales for Middle East and North Africa for the period from January to March 2009 were up six percent compared to the same period in 2008.
Bosses said the figures were due in part to the success of the award winning Jaguar XF, which made up over half of Jaguar's total sales in 2008 and continues to perform well in 2009.
In 2008, Jaguar sold more than 65,000 cars worldwide - an increase of eight percent over 2007 and one of only a handful of automotive brands to report a year-on-year sales increase.
Sales in the MENA region were up 35 percent over the same period.
Robin Colgan, managing director for Middle East & North Africa said: "Jaguar is committed to building beautiful, fast cars and these recent figures prove that we are getting it right with a line-up that really appeals to customers in this region."
In January, Colgan told Arabian Business that he expected sales to fall short of 2008 figures.For all the latest retail news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Jag's local bragger doesn't seem to get that saying he has moved 6 per cent more motors without saying how many actual cars that entails is meaningless spin. The XF is a gorgeous car, pity they let Tony Blair have one as a publicity stunt.