Aston Martin, Ford, and Rolls-Royce Skipping 2016 Paris Auto Show
Auto shows such as those in Detroit, Paris, Frankfurt, and Geneva usually gather round tens of manufacturers that are looking to showcase their latest vehicles and products. However, while auto shows were also a place where companies used to sell cars back in the day, nowadays large traffic at vehicle stands doesn’t necessarily translate into sales. Consumers spend more time looking at cars on their computers and smartphones, and many would rather attend all sorts of programs that allow them to drive the vehicles they want to purchase. This, paired with the fact that auto show booths cost millions of dollars to set up, have prompted some manufacturers to skip this year’s Paris Motor Show.
According to Automotive News, no fewer than four major companies have declined to join the event. For instance, Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer said that while new cars and technology benefit from the attention they get at auto shows, sometimes there are "better ways of doing it than just always spending money on show after show after show." Ford and Rolls-Royce also seem to agree, as both companies have decided to skip the 2016 Paris Motor Show, which will likely be the year’s largest car show in terms of attendance. Volvo is yet another brand that won’t be in Paris, but the Swedish manufacturer has announced its plans to skip most shows and market its products more directly to buyers a couple of years ago.
Even automakers that will set camp in Paris are revising their strategies. "The world is continuously changing," a Lamborghini spokesman told the aforementioned outlet, adding that the supercar company "intends to anticipate these changes."
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You can always count on Rolls-Royce to turn a major auto show like the 2014 Paris Motor Show into its own personal showcase event. The British marquee’s latest bespoke masterpiece is the Phantom Metropolitan Collection and it’s probably one of the most intense limited-edition models Rolls has ever built.
Those are big words, but I’m confident it justifies the detail and laborious work put into this limited-edition Phantom. In this space, you’re going to be introduced to the term marquetry, a decorative style of art that’s considered as one of the most difficult to pull off in any setting, much more in the cabin of the Phantom. That’s what’s so unique about the Phantom Metropolitan Collection, other than the seemingly obvious nod to some of the biggest metropolitan cities in the world.
Here’s some good news, at least for those with thick checkbooks and a deep appreciation for marquetry. Rolls-Royce is planning to sell 20 examples of the Phantom Metropolitan Collection. Each model can even be customized depending on the owner’s taste and preference on top of all the details I already included.
No word yet on how much it’s going to cost, but my best guess is somewhere around $440,000, which is a little over what a standard Phantom goes for these days.
Click past the jump to read more about the Rolls-Royce Phantom Metropolitan Collection.
Everything is better in threes, so they say.
Okay, we may or may not have made that up, but at least someone seems to agree with us because British automaker Rolls Royce went to the 2012 Paris Motor Show with not one, not two, but three special edition "Art Deco" models - much to our excitement.
The three special edition models are based on pretty much the entire line-up of models Rolls has under its disposal: the flagship Phantom, the inimitable Ghost, and the topless Phantom Drophead Coupe.
The last of the troika, the Phantom Drophead Coupe, is arguably the freshest of the bunch, not only because it’s dropping swag like it’s hot, but because the car’s matching Light Blue exterior and interior makes us want to take this baby out for a ride out on the road with the wind blowing through our hair.
Add the specially designed Mother of Pearl trim detailing in the interior and you have a uniquely finished luxury convertible that not only catches enough attention to last a lifetime, but more importantly looks good in doing so.
By the way, having a 6.75-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque with a 5.7-second 0-60 mph time and a top speed of 149 mph?
That helps too.
The second of the three "Art Deco Special Edition" models British luxury automaker Rolls Royce is bringing to the 2012 Paris Motor Show was a unique take on the Ghost.
As if the Ghost isn’t unique enough by itself, Rolls Royce is taking a whole new approach with this one, dressing it up in a two-tone Jubilee Silver and Cobalt Blue exterior finish. Inside, the fine and fresh interior enhancements include a blindingly white leather interior with contrasting blue accents, a full wood dashboard, and last but certainly not least, bespoke marquetry adorning trim pieces that you can find throughout the cabin.
Under the hood, no modifications were given to this expected-to-be rare as rare can be Ghost Art Deco Special Edition. Be that as it may, the luxury sedan’s 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12 engine with 563 horsepower, a 0-62 mph time of 4.7 seconds, and a top speed of 155 mph, is still plenty impressive in our book.
Finally, pricing for the Ghost Art Deco Special Edition has yet to be announced, although as a unique, special edition model, expect it to cost more than just a shiny penny if it does hit the production block.
British automaker Rolls-Royce will be bringing three special edition models to the 2012 Paris Motor Show, all while paying tribute to the 1925 Paris Exposition, which was the site for the birth of the phrase ’Art Deco.’
The first of these models is for the Rolls-Royce Phantom. Considered the flagship model of the British luxury car brand, the Phantom Art Deco Special Edition has been treated to a bevy of bespoke enhancements, highlighted by a fresh interior that has been dressed with an Arctic White leather treatment and contrasting black accents. On top of that, the interior also gets added goodies like hand-finished stainless steel inlays on the drawers, door cappings, and rear picnic tables.
More than just a showpiece model, the Phantom Art Deco Special Edition is Rolls-Royce’s way of giving customers a peg on what a custom art deco car should look like. The British automaker is even taking it a step further by giving its customers an opportunity to build their own custom art deco cars, with the modifications on the three special edition models serving as inspiration.
As far as the Phantom is concerned, its engine remains intact, which means that you can expect a 6.7-liter V12 engine that produces 453 horsepower and 531 lb/ft of torque to go with a 0-60 mph time of just 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 149 mph.
Roll Royce came at this year’ Paris Auto Show with five bespoke models. First of them is Phantom EWB in Bespoke Gunmetal metallic that features: full natural leather grain, black seat piping, veneered cupholder lid, mother-of-pearl inserts to door cappings, Rolls-Royce inlay in all headrests, silver full metal fascia, milled drinks holder for coolbox, veneered table backs – theater, white clock face centers to MTC controller and instrument panel.
There is also aPhantom Drophead Coupé in Carrara White metallic that features: single coachline in Hotspur Red, painted wheel centres, steering wheel spokes in crossbanded elm cluster, veneered front cupholder lid, lambswool floor mats, white instrument dials, silver bezel white clock face.
The third bespoke model is a Phantom Coupe in Syrah Red metallic that features twin coachline in black, black starlight headliner, silver bezel black clock face, contrast RR to seat inserts, black carbon fibre veneer, cupholder lid and steering wheel spokes and piano black veneered interior cappings.
The fourth models is Ghost in Bespoke Ghost Silver 100 featuring single coachline in creme light, black stained ash veneer and black contrast stitching. And finally there is a Ghost in Bespoke Midnight Sapphire that features seat piping in fleet blue and spirit of Ecstasy inlay to door cappings.
Press release after the jump.
Rolls Royce is known for its luxurious vehicles and high price tags, but those two features go hand in hand and no one would ever dare to question that. One of the reasons customers are gung-ho about spending a boatload of money on a Rolls Royce is because of their luxury, and their customizable designs. Rolls Royce knows all of this, of course, which is why they will be bringing five bespoke models to the Paris Motor Show starting in about a week. The models set to take the stage with their bespoke designs are: a Phantom Extended Wheelbase in Gunmetal metallic with a Sunrise leather interior; a Carrara White metallic Phantom Drophead Coupe with Hotspur Red leather interior; a Phantom Coupe; and two Ghosts. Hey, nothing says purely customizable like showing up with absolute proof of that.
The Phantom Extended Wheelbase shown in the photo above comes with seat piping, mother of pearl centers to white instrument dials, control dials and clock face, Rolls-Royce monogram embroidery in all head restraints, and personalized tread plates inscribed with Mondial de l’Automobile Paris 2010.
"Ghost is a more approachable Rolls-Royce that is bringing an entirely new type of customer to the Rolls-Royce brand,” said CEO Torsten Müller-Ötvös. “But in Paris we are also demonstrating how we continue to strengthen our position as the pinnacle luxury brand thanks to the enduring appeal of Phantom family and the depth of our bespoke personalization service."
Press release after the jump.