Rolls-Royce has enjoyed a record-breaking first half of 2014, new figures show today.

A total of 1,968 Rolls-Royce cars were sold worldwide in the first six months of this year - a 33.4% rise on the same period last year and the best half-yearly total yet. 

European sales were up by more than 60%, with Asia Pacific rising by nearly 40% and the Middle East up by more than 30%.Rolls-Royce is now on course for a record year.

Its half-yearly total helped its parent company, BMW of Germany, to achieve a record first six months of 2014 in which total BMW group vehicle sales reached the one million mark for the first time.

BMW car sales rose 10.2% to 886,347 in the six months from January to June, although Mini sales dipped 11.4% to 131,896.

Group vehicle sales totalled 1,020,211 - a 6.9% rise on the figure for the first half of 2013.

BMW Motorrad, the company's motorcycle brand, sold 70,978 in the first half of this year - a rise of 9.3%.

The company said that this was the first time it had sold more than a million cars in the first half of the year. It said it was on the right track to achieve our target of delivering more than two million vehicles in 2014, it added.