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Rolls-Royce (literally the "Rolls-Royce" of automobiles) revealed in Paris that they've started working on their long-awaited "baby Rolls-Royce", which it projects will be ready within four years from now.

Saying "baby Rolls-Royce" is relative when it'll still cost as much as a small house, but considering its big-brother Phantom costs as much as a large one, the projected price in the €2-300,000 range seems like a bargain by comparison.

Currently the BMW-owned super-luxe carmaker offers only the Phantom sedan. The smaller sedan, which is expected to share some bits with the next BMW 7-Series, will be joining a few more models, including a stretched Phantom, a new cabriolet (previewed at Geneva '04 by the 101EX showcar) and its possible coupe derivative.

(Follow the jump for the short press release.)


Rolls-Royce new model series

At a private function at the Paris motor show yesterday evening, Ian Robertson, Chairman and Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, confirmed that work has begun on a new model series. It will be launched within the next four years. The new car will be smaller than the Phantom and cost between 200,000 Euros and 300,000 Euros before tax. Planning permission has been granted to expand business operations at Goodwood. Further details will be announced in due course.

Sales of Rolls-Royce Phantoms are forecasted to be around 800 cars by the end of 2006, marking a fourth consecutive year of growth. The Phantom and extended wheelbase version will soon be joined by a new convertible model that will be unveiled in 2007.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The US isn't a continent you stupid f*ck, we share North America with Canada and Mexico. That Britain is smaller than the US is one of the reasons it sucks; most of the people in Continental Europe are happy that there is a channel between your smelly country and them.

      Live in the present you donkey. Everything ends, but Britain's end has already occurred while America's is speculatively in the future; it's a pretty good time to be an American living in the present, instead of a loser Brit trying to remember ancient glory.

      The people that came to America were not landed inbred aristocracy, but they were the best of people below monarchy, that is why America is such an effective meritocracy with the best Universities in the world.

      Real-estate prices are only in danger of popping in California and that happens all the time. The DOW 30 is about to reach a new high.

      We eat steak in America, not processed meat like you have to eat in the UK because you have no land. We don't have to force our cattle to eat scrap meat so we've never had anyone get Mad Cow disease.

      Stop dreaming and move to America you America obsessed loser, not that we want you here, but we'll give you a chance.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rolls-royce of automobiles does not mean the best.

      These days it means straight from the junkyard. Throughout the last 70 years rolls-royce made the most rotten cars on the planet.

      No engineering, no imagination, no quality, no effort.

      Just leather and poorly plastered wood.

      Surviving on cheap 4-speed transmissions from GM, suspension and struts from abandoned landfills, this most hideous of all brands, most rotten and disgraceful of all turd, is now receiving billions in largesse from BMW every year.

      Vow what an achievement.
      • 8 Years Ago
      the baby maybach looks better .
      • 8 Years Ago
      If it were not for the support both the US and UK have received from each other the world would be a different place. We were lucky to have each other.
      These recent post seem to tell the story of where both of our countries are headed in terms of class and intelligents. Where are the real car people on here?
      As for the real subject of this blog; I wish Rolls-Royce was still British. I miss them.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You bloody chav; the US owns 3 out of the 7 brands you mentioned. None of the brands you mentioned are British owned; I think your biggest company is now Morgan.

      The cars that are actually driven in the UK are front wheel drive crap that isn't often up to US safety and emissions standards, and couldn't touch Japanese quality. On top of it, you have to pay VAT on those sh*tboxes.

      22% of Brit kids are overweight compared to 25% of American kids, that's not a huge difference for you to base your cliché "fat American" comments on (http://www.pbs.org/now/science/fit.html). That’s almost as creative as me making fun of your horrible teeth. I'm 1880mm tall and 82kg; check an obesity chart on that.

      A turbo V10 in a Rolls Royce basically destroys the brand, so if that's BMW's plan they should give it back to VW.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Are you guys drunk?
      • 8 Years Ago
      The bulk of people who emigrated to America were poor*
      (correct the above)
      • 8 Years Ago
      "Polity" means "a particular form of government", and it makes no sense in your sentence, I think you meant to say politics.

      "Bill Maher is an Idiot" shouldn't be complaining about inappropriate politics or tell anyone to grow up.

      By the way, you forgot to insert a rimshot after your corny land yacht joke.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Crappy island? Is that why our empire stretched around the globe in the 19th Century? Is that why our language is the internation business language of the world? (and spoken by you new money bastards.) London is the most expensive city in the world to live in for a reason. New money yanks have no cultural heritage and a serious gun problem. You're a bunch of common rednecks that spit and chew gum. British people (and Europeans as a whole) take the piss out of you and your aggressive foreign policy. Bush is a worldwide joke along with his nation of fat, flag waving losers.

      You're England and Europe's rejects, hence to fled to America. A lot of people have a shit standard of living in the US - you only have to look at income inequality which is higher than in the UK and Western Europe. Also, its fair to acknowledge that its absurb to make comparisons between one country and a whole continent. Even so, the UK still wins - imagine comparing the UK to Texas! Or Ohio. These are the comical states that make up America. America wasn't even a country 100 or so years ago.

      My teeth are pearly white, thanks, and I don't like meat pie. I also don't like McDonalds or Burger King, presumably unlike you, you fat, redneck loser.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Whomever wrote that first sentence "Rolls-Royce (literally the "Rolls-Royce" of automobiles)..." should never be allowed to write anything automotive again. Ever.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Where do the world's most reverred sports and luxury marques originate from? Aston Martin, Lotus, TVR, Bentley, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar and Land Rover? Er, not the Land of the Fat. You have Cadillac, Lincoln and Hummer. *sniggers*
      Germany and Italy are home to the rest of the world's truly great sporting and luxury marques, as I'm sure you're aware. My point is that these great brands and their cars are mostly engineered for Europe - if they were engineered for America they might as well build a clone of the Dodge Ram or Toyota Camry. Being an American you are too fat and stupid to understand cars and what driver appeal is all about. You drive around in poorly engineered trucks that can't handle, and domestic and japanese cars with all the driving excitement of a washing machine.

      Oh, and BMW is likely to phase out production of its V12 altogether - its simply too heavy. A lighter turbo or bi-turbo V10 will replace the V12 in the 7-series and possibly result in the launch of an M7 variant for the first time.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Andy, UK, go eat a crumpet and pay VAT on a Fiesta. Your post is just fluffy crap. Wow, RR is going to sell a 200,000 Euro-plus sedan in four years; that's almost as exciting as information about a new special edition version of the PT Cruiser. BMW is going to have to turbo their V12 if they want to be competitive.
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