Rolls-Royce opens second showroom in Russia on growing demand
St. PETERSBURG, Russia -- Rolls-Royce is opening a second showroom in Moscow, making the Russian capital one of two cities in the world, after New York, with more than one dealership for the ultra-luxury cars.
The brand's CEO, Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes, will open the new showroom in early July, the company said on its Web site.
In India, the carmaker is also planning a second showroom in New Delhi, the company added.
Moscow has one of the highest concentrations of billionaire residents in the world among its population of at least 11.6 million. Sales of Rolls-Royce cars doubled in Moscow last year to a record from a year earlier, and have had a "healthy" increase in the first half of 2012, the automaker said in the statement, without giving numbers.
The company received orders for about 70 cars from clients in Russia last year, according to a report from the business daily Vedomosti on Thursday, which cited an unidentified former employee of Moscow's first dealership.
Last year, global demand for Rolls-Royce cars rose 31 percent to 3,538, the highest sales recorded in the company's 108-year history. China is now the automaker's biggest-single market, overtaking the United States in 2011.
Musa Motors, owned by UK auto dealer Inchcape, runs the first showroom in Moscow, while Avilon, a Russian dealer network, has been authorized to run the second.
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