Land Rover Managing Director Phil Popham expects the British premium SUV maker to have a strong 2010 because of rising sales in Europe and the United States following a disastrous 2009.
After two months, Land Rover's European sales are up 27 percent to 7,783 units while its U.S. volume has risen 11 percent to 3,990 units. The sales surge is being led by demand for updated versions of the Discovery (known as the LR3 in the United States) and Range Rover Sport. Both models were launched in 2009.
Popham also expects Land Rover to see long-term benefits from the recent addition of former General Motors Europe President Carl-Peter Forster as CEO of Jaguar Land Rover parent Tata Motors Ltd. and former BMW AG and Ford Motor Co. executive Ralf Speth as JLR CEO.
The 44-year-old executive shared his thoughts on these and other subjects during an interview earlier this month with Automotive News Europe Correspondent Douglas A. Bolduc and Automotive News reporters Diana T. Kurylko and Mark Rechtin.