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Rolls-Royce production at its Sussex plant increases

Rolls-Royce cars in the factory
All Rolls-Royce models are sold out until at least September

Production at the Rolls-Royce factory in West Sussex has reached its highest level since manufacturing began there in 2003.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars announced the rise after more than 300 vehicles were built in June at its Goodwood plant.

Production is currently running at 15 cars a day and all models are sold out until at least September.

The firm said sales worldwide were up almost 200% in the first half of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars chief executive Torsten Muller-Otvos said: "This is an excellent interim result and we are well on our way to meeting our target of at least doubling our 2009 sales."

The German carmaker BMW, which owns Rolls-Royce, also reported a sharp rise in sales; up 13.1%.

"In some cases, the automobile markets are recovering much faster than expected," said Ian Robertson, BMW board member in charge of marketing and chairman of Rolls-Royce.

"We aim to continue this upward trend in the second half of the year."

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