Auto News for May 30
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Rolls-Royce is exploring the idea of creating distinctive one-off automobiles to meet the demand and tastes of its very best customers.
“We are looking into the resources which will allow us to offer this unique service to these discerning patrons of luxury,” said the company.
The first one has arrived! It has been created for a customer who wanted a vehicle that recalled certain two seat RR models from the 1920’s.
Here is the “Sweptail.”
“It exudes the romance of travel for its own sake, and immediately places ‘Sweptail’ in the pantheon of the world’s great intercontinental tourers”, said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, RR Chief Executive Officer.
The largest of any modern era Rolls-Royce, the grille is milled from solid aluminum before being painstakingly polished by hand to a mirror finish. The periphery of the front face of ‘Sweptail’ is framed in brushed aluminum.
The highlight feature of ‘Sweptail,’ specifically asked for by the client, is an uninterrupted glass roof, one of the largest and most complex ever seen on a motor car of any marque.
Two occupants enter a minimalistic handcrafted interior “as one watches the world slip by through the vast windows and roof, detached from the outside world in a cocoon of luxury whilst feeling one is part of that passing landscape,” RR said. Switch gear has been reduced to the absolute minimum and the interior features “generous quantities of polished Macasser Ebony set off by contrasting light Moccasin and Dark spice leathers.”
In place of the rear seats is a vast expanse of wood creating a mid-shelf with an illuminated glass lip, and a hat shelf which flows to the outer limits of the interior.
The hands of the clock are machined from titanium.
Concealed in the outboard walls on either side of the interior are storage for an attache case and personal laptop device.
But here is what RR calls the “coup de gras” of the interior.
The entire center console houses a one-off hand-built mechanism that, at the touch of a button, will deploy a bottle of the client’s favorite vintage champagne – the year of his birth – and two crystal champagne flutes. As the lid of the chiller opens, the mechanical action articulates the bottle to the perfect position for the owner to pick up.
“A most personal, coach built Rolls-Royce for a specific customer, every aspect of the material treatment of ‘Sweptail’ exudes handcrafted quality and exacting attention to detail. In short, it is a Rolls-Royce – but like no other” and who can argue with that!
Elsewhere in brief:
A Bank of America Merrill Lynch study concludes that GM and Toyota have the best chance to gain market share over the next four years, thanks to the largest number of redesigned or new vehicles. Among upcoming Toyota’s will be a new Camry and RAV4 while GM will produce new full-size pickups and SUV’s.
Toyota tops the latest list of the largest global automakers. It is followed by Renault-Nissan and then VW that was briefly the leader