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More Jobs at Rolls-Royce

That grand old marque of British luxury motoring, Rolls-Royce, is set to create more than 100 new jobs at its Goodwood base in West Sussex. The jobs come on the back of continued record growth for the company who expect the jobs to be created by the end of the year.

That grand old marque of British luxury motoring, Rolls-Royce, is set to create more than 100 new jobs at its Goodwood base in West Sussex. The jobs come on the back of continued record growth for the company who expect the jobs to be created by the end of the year. Some more jobs are expected to be added at marketing locations around the world. The majority of the posts at Goodwood will be office-based with the remainder being production staff working on building the company's new 'Wraith' model. Rolls-Royce has enjoyed four consecutive years of record sales and is bullish about the future.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive, Torsten Muller-Otvos, said: "Our cautious optimism at the beginning of the year has proven to be correct and our goal for the business remains the same - consistent, sustainable growth." The company saw two years of exceptional growth in 2010 and 2011, followed by more modest growth in 2012. The BMW owned company has expanded its Goodwood manufacturing facility as a result, with a huge extension of the assembly hall and the hiring of more designers, craftspeople and engineers. The brand's continuing popularity is reflected in Rolls-Royce's major investment in its £200,000 new Wraith model, which is expected in the showrooms in autumn of this year.

The Wraith is the company's most powerful ever model, boasting an incredible 624 horse power. It can accelerate from 0-60mph in 4.4 seconds. The car is aimed at a new market for Rolls-Royce, those who are seeking performance in addition to luxury. This has traditionally been Bentley territory and it is perhaps not an accident that the Wraith looks a little like the Bentley Continental GT. Mr Muller-Otvos insisted though that he did not see the Bentley as a rival, adding: "I wouldn't see the Continental as a competitor, definitely not. We are operating in a different price segment, well beyond £200,000. But I wouldn't be surprised if some existing Bentley customers would buy the Wraith - many people in this segment don't see the Continental as exclusive anymore."

Rolls-Royce's success is based mainly on a booming export market, where it is seeing strong demand from the emerging BRIC economies of Brazil, Russia, India and China. Sales in China have been particularly strong. News of the new jobs was welcomed by Business Secretary, Vince Cable, who pointed out that the new jobs reflected the continued growth of the industry. He added: "With the right investment, skills and R&D, we will help it grow even more."
 

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