Jaguar sold 20,346 cars in the UK in 2008 - an increase of nearly nine per cent over 2007. Globally Jaguar did well too, selling 65,350 vehicles, up eight per cent on 2007's figures.
The new Jaguar XF is responsible for much of the company's success. Jaguar's managing director Mike O'Driscoll said: "We introduced the all-new, award-winning Jaguar XF, and that attracted significant numbers of new customers to the brand."
Jaguar's results are impressive in the context of figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturer and Traders, which record a tough year for luxury marques.
Porsche's UK sales figures fell by 31 per cent in 2008, while Mercedes slumped by nine per cent and BMW by almost seven per cent. Even market leader Ford went from 346,982 sales in 2007 to 322,514 last year, a drop of 7.5 per cent.
Overall, the number of new car registrations in the UK dipped again last month, but not as sharply as had been forecast.
Total UK car sales for 2008 only fell 11.3 per cent but, totalling just 2.1 million units, these represent the worst annual sales figures for 12 years.