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... News from Goodwood - Archive 2008

ROLLS-ROYCE CELEBRATES RECORD RESULT
9 January 2008
Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars saw sales in 2007 increase by 25 per cent, compared to 2006, with retails of 1010 cars. This is the first time that annual sales have reached four figures and the fourth successive sales increase since the company was launched in 2003.

There was strong demand for all Phantom models, with the four door versions (Phantom and Phantom Extended Wheelbase) remaining the best sellers and accounting for 75 per cent of the total. However, it was the exceptional demand for the new Phantom Drophead Coupé, launched in the summer, which drove the volume increase. Production capacity at Goodwood was maximized by working extended shifts.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Drophead Coupé.    Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

"Everybody at Rolls-Royce is delighted with this tremendous result which marks our fifth anniversary in the best possible way," said Ian Robertson, Chairman and Chief Executive. "It confirms Rolls-Royce as the most desirable brand in the super luxury market and is a credit to the passion and dedication of our teams at Goodwood and around the world. The customer reaction to the Drophead Coupé has been astonishing, exceeding all our expectations."

North America remained the biggest single market for Rolls-Royce in 2007, accounting for 40 per cent of sales and showing growth of 22 per cent. Exceptional performances were seen in the United Arab Emirates and in China which grew by around 70 and 50 per cent respectively.

The Rolls-Royce dealer network expanded to 80 in 2007, with new showrooms including St Petersburg, Kiev and Dresden. The top selling dealers worldwide in 2007 were, respectively, Beverly Hills, London, Abu Dhabi, Tokyo and Dubai. Abu Dhabi saw the highest annual increase, with sales more than doubling.

Looking ahead in 2008, Rolls-Royce has announced its intention to launch a two-door coupé model, based on the Phantom, in the summer. Further into the future a new Rolls-Royce model series, to sit alongside the Phantom models, will be launched in 2010, currently named RR4.


ROLLS-ROYCE REVEALS PHANTOM COUPÉ AT GENEVA
16 February 2008
Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé
Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupé. Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new Phantom Coupé at the 78th International Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 4 March 2008. Production of the new car will start at Goodwood in the summer of 2008.

The Coupé is the most driver-orientated model in the Phantom line. A number of subtle but significant modifications have been made that change its character. It is noticeably more dynamic, whilst still offering incredible levels of comfort.

Marrying cutting-edge technology with a beautifully proportioned, muscular body that exudes power and style, it incorporates timeless Rolls-Royce design cues in an utterly contemporary manner. Designed to cover great distances effortlessly, the Coupé is the perfect choice for a transcontinental trip. Power is provided by the Phantom's 6.75-litre V12 that produces 453 bhp, 720 Nm of torque and has segment-leading fuel economy. A 25 per cent increase in fuel capacity, compared to the Drophead Coupé, adds significant driving range. Agile, fast, long-legged and virtually silent, the Phantom Coupé allows both driver and passengers to emerge unruffled, even after an all-day run.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Designer, Ian Cameron, said "Rolls-Royce has always been about pace, performance and style. For the Coupé design we gave the quintessential Rolls-Royce design a dynamic twist. This adds a sense of drama to the outstanding engineering and drivability that are fundamentals of Rolls-Royce cars. The dynamic drive of the Phantom has always come as a surprise to customers and the Coupé takes it one step further."


ROLLS-ROYCE RELEASES FIRST SKETCHES OF RR4
27 May 2008
RR4 Design Sketch 1
RR4 Design Sketch 1 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today revealed the first design sketches of its next new model. Known as RR4, the car is due to be launched in 2010 and will sit alongside the Phantom model line-up. RR4 will be smaller than Phantom and powered by a new engine, unique to Rolls-Royce.

The design was signed off in 2007 and engineering development is now fully under way. The Goodwood manufacturing facilities are being completely reconfigured to accommodate the RR4, with extended paint, wood and leather shops as well as a second assembly line. The company will move to a two shift system next year as it gears up for full production of the new model.

Chief designer, Ian Cameron, said, "Effortless performance and standard-setting levels of comfort and efficiency, executed with the utmost care and attention, remain fundamentals of Rolls-Royce design. The RR4 has a more informal presence than the Phantom models with a greater emphasis on driving. In design terms this is expressed through its slightly smaller dimensions and more organic form, yet with powerful, purposeful proportions. It is a true and uncompromising Rolls-Royce in every sense."

"RR4 will mark a milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars", Chairman, Ian Robertson added."The business continues to go from strength to strength and the introduction of this new model will expand the appeal of the brand. We look forward to this next chapter with anticipation and confidence."

Further design and engineering details will be announced during the course of 2009.


RR4 Design Sketch 2
RR4 Design Sketch 2 Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

ROLLS-ROYCE TO HOST TOAD OF TOAD HALL
23 July 2008
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars today confirmed details of a unique outdoor promenade performance of Toad of Toad Hall, to be performed by the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in the company's grounds at Goodwood, West Sussex. A cast of over sixty young people aged between 11 and 19 will play much loved characters including Ratty, Mole, Badger and, of course, the car-loving Toad.

A play by A A Milne from Kenneth Grahame's book The Wind in the Willows, Toad of Toad Hall will be set amongst the gardens, lakes and courtyard of the Rolls-Royce manufacturing plant and head office. The different scenes will be created in locations around the 42-acre site, including the Wild Wood, Ratty's riverbank, the court room and the imposing Toad Hall. The audience will follow the production on foot, accompanied by a travelling band.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Chief Executive Officer, Tom Purves, said, 'We are delighted to support the Chichester Festival Youth Theatre in this unique performance. We have a long-standing relationship with the Chichester Festival Theatre and this is one of our many local community initiatives in the West Sussex area.'

Toad of Toad Hall will be performed daily at Rolls-Royce from 4-16 August. The production is now sold out; for returns contact the Chichester Festival Theatre Box Office on 01243 781312.


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