Land Rover saw sales increase in the United States and the United Kingdom, with demand growing for its Discovery and Freelander models.

Land Rover saw sales increase in the United States and the United Kingdom, with demand growing for its Discovery and Freelander models.

In North America, sales grew by more than 50 per cent to over 44 000 vehicles, partly due to the introduction of the new V6 Freelander at the beginning of the year.

Land Rover said it achieved record sales for the third year in the UK, where a five per cent increase saw volumes top 47 000 units. Almost a quarter of those sales arose from the new Discovery.

The fastest-selling Land Rover in the company's history, the Freelander, launched in 1997, secured a 10 per cent increase in sales around the world, achieving its best ever year.

The new luxury Range Rover saw a 67 per cent increase over the previous model.

"This is a terrific result for a brand that goes from strength to strength. After two years of sustained investment in Land Rover products and facilities, we are now beginning to see the results," said Land Rover managing director and chief operating officer of Premier Automotive Group, Bob Dover.