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Rolls-Royce in Chichester
... News from Goodwood - Archive 2009

ROLLS-ROYCE TO UNVEIL 200EX AT GENEVA MOTOR SHOW
20 February 2009
Rolls-Royce 200EX

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its latest experimental car, called 200EX, at the Geneva Motor Show on 3 March 2009. 200EX is a design study for a contemporary four-door saloon and shows the direction for RR4, a new model series from Rolls-Royce due for production in 2010.

Experimental models have always played a significant role in the history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, from the first - 1EX, built in 1919 - to the most recent - 101EX, built in 2006. Unlike a concept car, the experimental models developed by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars have always been fully functioning vehicles, residing in a tangible world of wood, leather and metals rather than clay and foam. EX cars offer designers and engineers the opportunity for real-world innovation and have been used to showcase new components and engineering techniques as well as exterior and interior designs. "Modern automotive engineering is a balance of creativity, innovation and application. 200EX is an opportunity to assess these new ideas", explains Helmut Riedl, Director of Engineering.

"200EX is a modern execution of timeless Rolls-Royce elegance, breaking with some areas of tradition but retaining the core values that make our marque unique", says Chief Executive Officer Tom Purves. "We expect the more informal, agile design to broaden the appeal of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, attracting people who appreciate its fusion of refinement, new technology and contemporary style".


Rolls-Royce 200EX
Photos: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM FOR CHICHESTER COLLEGE
25 March 2009
Phantom presented to Chichester College   Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has loaned a Phantom to the Motor Vehicle and Engineering department at Chichester College. The car will be used by Rolls-Royce apprentices studying for NVQ and City & Guilds qualifications.

Ten Rolls-Royce assembly apprentices currently attend Chichester College for a day each week during their course. Whilst at college they focus on parts fitting and diagnostics for all aspects of the vehicle, in preparation for working alongside employees at the Goodwood-based manufacturing plant. The loan Phantom will allow apprentices to develop the specific practical skills they need to work on the models built by Rolls-Royce.

"It is a great pleasure to provide a Phantom to Chichester College," said Xaver Franz, Manufacturing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. "We have a long-standing association with the college and our apprentices will benefit greatly from dedicated hands-on experience with one of our cars."

Dr Richard Parker, Principal of Chichester College (left) receives the keys to the Phantom from Xaver Franz, Manufacturing Director, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.         Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd


Dr Richard Parker, Principal of Chichester College, said "We are committed to ensuring that all our apprentices are fully prepared at the end of their apprenticeship to make a significant contribution to the success of their employer's business. The very kind loan of a Phantom will be an enormous help in preparing apprentices for their careers at Rolls-Royce."

The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme was successfully launched in 2006 and has received applications from around the world. The programme provides people aged 16-19 with the opportunity to train with the Goodwood-based manufacturer of the world's best-selling super-luxury cars.

The apprenticeships last for up to four years and combine on-the-job training with studying for nationally recognised qualifications. The programme has been designed in conjunction with Chichester College, the Learning Skills Council (LSC) and South East Economic Development Agency (SEEDA). The Rolls-Royce Apprenticeship Programme currently supports 35 apprentices.


ROLLS-ROYCE MOTOR CARS NAMES RR4
20 April 2009

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced the name for its new model series which until now has been known as RR4. The name was announced by CEO, Tom Purves at a press conference held at the Shanghai motor show.

The new car will be called the Rolls-Royce Ghost and production will begin at the company's Goodwood manufacturing facility on the south coast of England later in 2009.

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars CEO, Tom Purves, said, "We are delighted to formally announce the Rolls-Royce Ghost. It is one of the most revered names in the automotive industry, evoking images of adventure and technical innovation. The name reflects this new model's breadth of abilities. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style. This car will be the first in a new generation of models to carry this evocative name and will give us two pinnacle product lines - Phantom and Ghost.

The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be built on its own dedicated production line at Goodwood but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars. Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last eighteen months to prepare for the introduction of the Ghost model.


ROLLS-ROYCE TO INCREASE MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE BY 50%
20 May 2009

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars is planning to increase its manufacturing workforce by 50 per cent. More than 150 new jobs have been created to support the production of the company's new model, the Rolls-Royce Ghost. By the end of 2009 Rolls-Royce will have created almost 400 new jobs in under two years, bringing the total number of employees based at Goodwood, West Sussex to 900.

The majority of the new positions have been created in the wood, leather and paint shops as well as the assembly areas. In addition there will be a number of new positions in the headquarter offices, also based at Goodwood. Rolls-Royce is keen to fill all positions within the next few months and anticipates drawing on the considerable pool of highly skilled automotive industry personnel available in the UK.

Speaking from Goodwood, Rolls-Royce CEO Tom Purves said, "This is good news for the British car industry at a time when it is struggling. Britain has an exceptional talent for automotive production and we are keen to maximise this at Rolls-Royce. Our new model, the Ghost, has enjoyed an extremely positive international response and we now need to put people in place to bring the car to market."

The Rolls-Royce Ghost will be built on its own dedicated assembly line but will share paint, wood and leather workshops with the Phantom series of cars. Rolls-Royce has expanded all areas of its manufacturing facility over the last two years to prepare for the introduction of the Ghost model. Production will begin in the autumn with customer deliveries from early 2010.

Potential candidates can check and apply for current vacancies, or apply speculatively, via our website: www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com.


ROLLS-ROYCE TO UNVEIL GHOST AT FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW
15 September 2009

 The new Rolls-Royce Ghost launched to the world
Photo: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Ltd

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars will unveil its new production model, Ghost, at the Frankfurt motor show on 15 September 2009.

"Ghost is one of the most revered names in automotive industry," said Tom Purves. "It evokes images of adventure and technical innovation. The first cars to bear the Ghost name were known not only for impressive dependability and refinement but also great flair and style."

Ghost is a vision of simplicity - of taking the core values of Rolls-Royce and creating contemporary effortless luxury. Ghost has been engineered to ride and drive in peerless fashion. The chassis’ poise delivers a dynamically engaging experience for the driver, yet a serene, comfortable ride for passengers. Engine power is delivered in a manner which has become an engineering signature, seemingly effortlessly and endlessly. The latest in-car technology falls easily to hand while forming part of the background.

Ghost is the most powerful car that Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has ever produced.

Ghost embodies 21st-century Rolls-Royce: more than 100 years of engineering and design excellence expressed in modern and uncompromised style.


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