China also became the largest single market for Rolls-Royce last year, selling 1,050 cars there. As with Bentley, the China market remains in a close race with the U.S. this year.
"We launched in China in 2004 and from that very moment our volume increased and picked up," said Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Mueller.
Rolls-Royce is known for making big cars but Chinese customers like them even bigger, Mueller said.
"Chinese customers love especially our extended wheelbase versions," he said.
Rolls-Royce created this "Year of the Dragon" special edition Phantom especially for the Chinese market. The cars cost about $1 million each.
Automakers unveiled numerous cars in Beijing this week, most which were specifically geared for the fast-growing Chinese market.
|The uncouth Roger Ailes|
|Google's moonshot projects lost $859 million last quarter|
|Whole Foods still suffering one year after price scandal|
|Boeing could kill production of its iconic 747 jumbo jet|
|Ford's darkest day in 5 years|