Maserati isn't the only luxury brand seeing the prospect for growth in WA. This week, Rolls Royce confirmed to WestWHEELS that Barbagallo Motors had been appointed as its new Perth dealer. While further details will be revealed next month, it says it will likely bring its latest model, the Wraith, to WA once the dealership's doors open, possibly next year.
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Rolls Royce Asia Pacific regional director Paul Harris says interest in the brand has been high in the State for the past decade and has continued in recent years.
He said the company received WA orders for its Phantom Series II when it was released locally last year with a starting price of $885,000 drive away.
"This is unsurprising given that approximately 13 per cent of highly successful Australian individuals are resident in WA," Mr Harris said.
"Looking ahead, we have a view that the area has strong fundamentals in the resources sector and through its economic strategy will sustain its economy through the development of its tourism and education sectors."
Mr Harris said it was also important Roll Royce was made visible to the hordes of international visitors to WA.
"Tourism is a significant sector in WA," he said. "We also view the migration stream of successful individuals to Western Australia as a driver for our business - either buying up businesses or setting up a second home."
It is a further indication WA is a burgeoning luxury car market. While Maserati's 2014 Collection Road Show spent only two days in Australia's other capital cities, the company chose to display its vehicles for five days in the West.
"It wasn't too long ago in about 2007 or so when we looked at Western Australia as being around 5 per cent of the national sales total at the top end of the market," Maserati Australia and New Zealand general manager Glen Sealey said.
"Now we look at WA as being around 10 per cent of the national total. So it's a big increase in what we see as market potential here."
While many may believe the increase in luxury cars on WA roads is due solely to the resources sector, West Coast BMW general manager Alan Matthewson said it wasn't the lone factor influencing buyer activity.Like Mr Sealey, Mr Matthewson believes most premium car buyers in WA fall into the "early adopter" category. "The greatest boost in the sales of top-end vehicles is in the consumers' want to be 'the first', or their pursuit of exclusivity. So when we launch a new model we see an increase in sales."