Ferrari says it weathered last year’s global economic storms with sales of 6250 cars, only five per cent down on 2008.
The company says that while the luxury sports car market collapsed by 35 per cent in 2009, Ferrari’s market share rose to 10 per cent, making it the leading manufacturing in the segment.
The Italian company says it is also set to invest 18.5 per cent of its revenues in new products, a very high proportion for the car industry.
Ferrari bosses also make the point that the company can self-finance new products, unlike Aston Martin, which is thought to be preparing to float on the stock market to raise funds.
Ferrari made an operating profit of 245m euros (£212m), down from last year’s record 341m euros (£296m), a return on sales of 13.8 per cent. Profits were hit by the weakness of the US dollar.
Ferrari sold 1467 cars in North America last year, down 200. European sales hit 2752 units, down six per cent. Italy (655 cars) and Germany (644 cars) are the biggest EU markets. Asia Pacific markets took 1117 cars. 60 per cent of Ferrari California customers are claimed to be new to the brand.