California-based and world renowned designer, Bijan Pakzad, is no stranger to having some pretty sick exotic cars, most of which seem to have a touch of yellow in them. The man who generally goes by the name Bijan even has his own customized yellow Rolls Royce Drophead Coupe and a black-on-yellow Bugatti Veyron. Guess he really wants his exotics to stand out, huh?
In any case, Bijan’s fascination with the British marquee hasn’t gone unnoticed by the latter. At the 2010 LA Auto Show, Bijan and Rolls Royce announced a partnership where the Bijan will design a number of limited edition Rolls Royce models penned and designed by the artist himself. The collaboration will see Bijan work hand-in-hand with the Rolls Royce design team, which will take his ideas and designs and bring them to life at the company’s production facility in Goodwood, England. Just like every Rolls model to roll out of the production block, Bijan’s special edition models will be worked on by some of the auto industry’s premier craftspeople and artisans with the first set to be released sometime next spring.
Hit the jump for some additional details on these limited editions.
Don’t look now, but the recent success the Rolls Royce Ghost has had in the market this year already has company executives thinking expansion. And by expansion, we mean, building new derivatives of the Ghost model line.
The Ghost, the Rolls Royce Phantom’s little yet equally luxurious brother has become a huge sales boon for the BMW-owned luxury car this year with sales already hitting record numbers – since BMW took over – at 1,467 units through August. That number alone has already surpassed the total sales numbers of 1,002 units sold in 2009.
In an interview done at the company headquarters in Goodwood, England, Rolls Royce Chief Executive Officer Torsten Mueller-Oetvoes noted that with the success of the model there remains a possibility of seeing a Ghost derivative down the road. “I’m quite confident that we’re going to see a Ghost derivative to come,” he said.
“There’s still a lot of potential in the market” for a less formal Rolls model.”
This year, Rolls Royce has set the bar for 2,000 units sold, and with the way things are going right now for the company’s smaller luxury ride, the 2,000 benchmark looks to be easily reachable.
Ever wonder where all that money you pay for gas goes? Well, $5,000,000,000 of it has been accounted for and, no, it hasn’t gone to making the world a better place. It’s gone to one man’s collection of 7,000 high performance cars. That’s not a typo, that’s nine zeros. Hassanal Bolkiah, Sultan of Brunei is the proud collector of what is undeniably the world’s most unique and gargantuan car collection. Where do you keep 7000 of the world’s rarest cars? Well, he doesn’t have a 7000 door garage, instead he stores most of them in five ultra-secret aircraft hangars, featuring a team of specialists from different car manufacturers to keep the cars happy. By now you’re probably wondering what is in his lavish collection and, well, the statistics are quite staggering. According to the Daily Mirror, as of June 30th 2010, The wealthy sultan is a proud owner of 604 Rolls Royces, 574 Mercedes-Benzes, 452Ferraris, 382 Bentleys, 209 BMWs, 179 Jaguars, 134 Koenigseggs, 21 Lamborghinis, 11 Aston Martins, and 1 SSC.
Hit the jump for more some more staggering information on this one man’s car collection.
Despite already being recognized as one of the most luxurious automakers in the world, Rolls-Royce seems to have no problem in upping the ante against its competitors with some pretty nifty new features on their vehicles. The latest feature being a new bespoke picnic set.
That’s right; because nothing says luxury more than having a nice portable picnic set sitting in the trunk of your car. Limited to only 100 units, this picnic set was the brainchild of Rolls-Royce’s in-house Bespoke team and comes with a completely loaded four-person dinnerware that includes utensils, plates, crystal glasses, and napkins, all of which are encased in a polished aluminum and leather chest.
According to Tostem Müller-Ötvös, Rolls-Royce’s CEO, the idea to include a picnic set in the trunk of its vehicles came as a result of a growing trend amongst Rolls-Royce customers, especially those in the Middle East, to have their vehicles customized with the said feature.
If you’re looking into take a closer look at the Bespoke picnic set, the item will be proudly displayed from July 21 to July 23 at the Salon Prive at the Hurlingham Club in London.
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They say that proof lies somewhere in the evidence and if we’re going to take Rolls Royce’s sales figures in China as a barometer of the exponential growth of the luxury brand in China - the brand is said to have made a sales increase of 300% for the first quarter of 2010 compared to the same time frame in 2009 - then it really doesn’t surprise us that they’ve decided to open yet another showroom in what is fast becoming the biggest auto market in the world.
The new showroom is located in the commercial district of Ningbo and, according to Paul Harris, Rolls Royce’s Asia Pacific regional director, the opening of the showroom is a testament to Rolls Royce’s exponential growth of Rolls Royce in a country that’s also fast becoming the largest automaker in the world.
“The new showroom reflects our commitment to the Chinese market," he says. "Greater China continues its rapid growth and with a healthy order bank for both Phantom and Ghost models. As a result, we are already considering further dealer expansion into other areas of China."
The Ningbo showroom is expected to take the look of a two-car showroom with state-of-the-art configurators and luxurious amenities that have been a Rolls Royce trademark since time immemorial. Prospective customers will also be offered the full-range of Rolls Royce vehicles, including the flagship Phantom, the Phantom Coupe, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, the Phantom Extended Wheelbase, and the brand’s latest offering, the Ghost.
Rolls Royce is off to a good sales start in the first five months of 2010 and it has its new entry-level 2010 Ghost limousine to thank for it. Launched only last December, the new Ghost has provided Rolls Royce with a sales boost that’s totaled 678 units since January, a 146% increase from the same time a year ago.
Customers have become enamored with the $250,000 Ghost and with the brand’s high-end flagship sedan, the Phantom, commanding an asking price of about $400,000, the Ghost has somehow taken its place as the hotcake seller of the brand. The spike in sales has made Rolls Royce confident that the brand will exceed even its own expectations and is now poised to at least double the sales volume of 2009.
Rolls Royce is also looking at expanding sales efforts in China where the brand is confident that it could become a major market for both the Ghost and the Phantom. "I could see China overtaking the UK this year as our second-biggest market after the US," said Rolls Royce chief Torsten Müller-Ötvös in an interview with the Financial Times.
It’s been a good year for Rolls Royce and the brand is looking into keeping the momentum as they continue to surge forward in establishing their brand as the pre-eminent luxury brand in the world.
We don’t know what it is about MINI, but somehow, someway, our favorite little car always finds itself in the headlines.
This time though, there are no funny commercials or unique calendars, just a tie-up between BMW and Rolls-Royce to produce a luxury version of the MINI.
Now, it seems that a BMW-Rolls partnership is something that we wouldn’t have thought of, but these guys have proven time and again that nothing is impossible for them.
According to Autocar, the ‘Rolls Mini’ is likely to come with added features unique to itself, including the commission of genuine coachbuilt features such as new interior fittings.
Details behind the partnership have yet to be released but sources have said the program will be announced sometime in the next year. If we can use history as a precedent, we can go back to the 60’s when bespoke coachbuilt MINIs became such a hot item, a number of celebrities like Peter Sellers and the Beatles commissioned tuners to make them luxury MINIs that had high-spec wood and leather-trimmed interior.
We’re hoping that we’ve seen the worst out of this global economic crisis. After all, the entire auto industry seems to have suffered enough, don’t you think?
But you can’t say that the economic woes have put a leash on people’s interest in theRolls Royce Ghost.
According to Tom Purves, Rolls Royce’s CEO, the 2010 Ghost has generated over 1,200 interested customers – a surprising number even for the standards of Rolls Royce’s ‘mini-Phantom’ sedan.
It’s easy to see why Rolls Royce is ecstatic over the interest the Ghost is generating considering the recession is far from finished. But then again, in a time like this, good news becomes great news and great news becomes ecstatic celebrations.
While Purves acknowledges that the general level of interest for the Ghost is more than what they expected, the company nevertheless remains cautiously optimistic, that they can build on car’s strong reception.
"We’re not convinced we’re out of this recession yet," he says. "We know what we’re going to build in the next three months, then we’ll take it quarter by quarter from there."
In any event, Rolls Royce is expected to make around 2000 Ghost models per year and if the interest for the car is any indication, we’re thinking that we’ll be seeing a lot of Ghosts our on the road soon.
Manhattan Motorcars, a luxury car dealership, unveiled the most expensive and exclusive car accesory of all time. The accesory represents an unique Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament made out of platinum and diamonds. For those how don’t know the Spirit of Ecstasy represents the ornament used on the hood of the Rolls-Royce cars. Designed by Charles Sykes, the accesory is in the form of a woman leaning forwards with her arms streched behind and with clothes running from her arms as it were two wings.
Due to the fact that is made out of platinum and diamonds, the asking price for this is $200,000. Jean Kemanjian, the creator explained its price: “What we did was to add 150 carats of D color VVS1 quality diamonds and some fancy intense yellow diamonds on the wings.”
The Bonham’s auction house yesterday sold the oldest extant Rolls-Royce, a 1904 10 hp model with two seats, for a record price of $8.3 million, well above the pre-auction estimate of $2.5 million. The buyer is a private citizen living in Britain, and the vehicle will remain in that country.
The car’s value lies not merely in its status as the oldest Rolls-Royce still in existence, but also in being only one of four surviving 10 hp models. That model originally was developed by Rolls-Royce (...)
At least one automaker doesn’t seem to be bothered by the housing downturn or the sourness in the equities markets or much of anything else, for that matter.
Rolls-Royce is going full blast to produce every car they can. They’ve added shifts and extended working hours, to continue through the balance of the year. The are, in short, at capacity in an effort to meet “unprecedented demand.”
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