A car saleswoman in the UK seems to have overcome the odds to sell nearly a dozen luxury Bugatti Veyrons inside 12 months.
Anita Krizsan works for an exclusive dealership in Mayfair, London, and at last count had signed off on 11 sales of the 429.6 kmh supercar worth a staggering NZ$23.7 million.
Bugatti prices can vary from NZ$1.83m to around NZ$4m depending on the specs and her latest sale - a NZ$3.11m Veyron Super Sport - was completed this week. Her efforts, unsurprisingly, led to the boss of Bugatti sending her a special Christmas card telling her she was the "global benchmark" in sales.
Selling three or four such cars in a year is normally considered good for one salesperson.
She told the Daily Mail she believed being a woman in a typically male-dominated role had positive advantages, even when male customers asked her to find a salesman: ''You have to take it as a joke and respond with charm. You can't blame the customers. This can be cultural, but once they realise I know about the car it breaks down barriers.''
She is available to clients 24 hours a day, meets with customers in their home countries when the keys are handed over, and is often answering calls in the middle of the night with questions about the car or its warranty.
"We tend to have two types of customer - collectors and investors,'' she told AutoExpress Magazine.
"I like to start by talking to them about what cars they already have and their general interest. I'm trying to find the car that matches their personalities.''
And what does the prolific seller of such luxury vehicles drive: A black diesel Volkswagen Golf.
"I don't drive a Bugatti unfortunately. I have a diesel Volkswagen Golf which I love. It is very understated and suits my lifestyle. But I wouldn't say no if one were offered.''
Her income is not revealed but the Daily Mail said other luxury car sales experts believed it would be commission-based and around NZ$200,000 a year.
Her boss Derek Bennett, a New Zealander who grew up in Upper Hutt, hand-picked her for the Bugatti job.
''Customers love her. It's a big relationship job. She's put a little bit of magic into it. She understands the customers and puts them at ease,'' he said.
The 11 sales were: Veyron Grand Sport - NZ$2.28m, Veyron Grand Sport - NZ$2.28m, Veyron Grand Sport - NZ$2.28m, Veyron Grand Sport - NZ$2.28m, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - NZ$2.74m, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - NZ$2.74m, Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse - NZ$2.74m, Veyron L'Or Blanc - NZ$2.74m, Veyron Super Sport - NZ$2.56m, Veyron Centenaire - NZ$2.04m, SuperSport (1200hp) - NZ$3.11m.
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