[caption id="attachment_6838" align="aligncenter" width="482"] The new Rolls Royce Phantom[/caption] 2013 saw new car sales in the UK reach their highest levels since 2007 as money-minded motorists shunned the once-coveted executive models In favour of smaller, more fuel efficient ‘super-minis’. But last year wasn’t all about petrol prices and cost-effective car buying. Rolls Royce and Bentley, both of which are by-words for luxury motoring, also recorded their best ever years. In total, BMW-owned Rolls Royce delivered 3,360 new cars to customers in 2013, a new high in its 110-year history, while VW-owned Bentley put out 10,120 new models, the highest figure in its 95-year history and one that confirmed its position as the world’s most sought-after luxury car brand. So, in a year when most were looking at driving down the cost of motoring, how were these German-owned, British-based luxury automobile marques pulling in record sales figures?