Rolls Royce 'Ghost' To Haunt Indian Roads (Series II Now Launched!)


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After 'Phantom', Rolls Royce is ready to drive its most technologically advanced car 'Ghost' into India and hoped that at least 45 people with crores in disposable income would be charmed by the vehicle's simplistic design.

The company today previewed Ghost, the super luxury sedan with a whisper-quiet engine and a price tag of Rs 2.5 crore, in the country and expects the first delivery to happen in quarter one of next year. The 6.6 L twin-turbo car is charged with a V12 engine.

Roll Royce Regional Director Asia Pacific Colin Kelly told reporters here.
We expect to sell 75 units in 2010 in India, of which 'Ghost' will comprise 50-60 units.


Last year, the company had sold about 15 units in the country, comprising cars from the 'Phantom' family.

He said the company might witness a slowdown in its global sales this year because of the global recession. The company had globally sold 1,212 units of its cars last year.

This year, the company is looking to more than double its global sales. "We are looking for sales of 2,500 units globally in 2010, of which two-third is expected to come from the yet to be launched 'Ghost'," Rolls Royce General Manager (South and East Asia Pacific) Brenda Pek said.

She added that in India the company expects to sell 14-16 units this year and increase it to 75 units next year.

Brenda said
Everybody is keeping an eye on India. India is a key market for us. Last year, we added our second dealership in Delhi and if demand increased we will expand more
Rolls Royce has already received 25 bookings for the 'Ghost.'

To keep pace with the launch of 'Ghost', the BMW group company is also increasing its global headcount by adding 200 more to its staff this year.

"Globally, we have an employee strength of 700 and we are increasing this to 900 by end of this year, mainly to cater to the anticipated demand of the Ghost," Brenda said.

The UK-based company's global manufacturing facility is at Goodwood in Britain, where cars are hand-built by engineers.

Source - Economictimes
 

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Oh What a co-incidence. I was just talking on same subject with my fellow auto enthusiast friend. Ghost will launch on 4th December 2009, Mumbai. His friend will be attending the launch. So expect some Images from Launch. [:)]


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The much awaited Beast! Sorry Ghost has arrived!

This car is simply futuristic & has notcher looks.
 

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Guess What? The Car is just launched here in Delhi.
My friend notjustshrawan has gave some Exclusive info which I'll be posting in a minute.

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Rolls Royce 'GHOST' comes to India

NEW DELHI: British luxury car maker Rolls-Royce Group launched its latest car ‘Ghost’ in Delhi on Friday at a price upwards of Rs 2.5 crore.

Bookings for the Ghost have begun though deliveries will start only in the first quarter of 2010.

Keeping in mind the pace with which the number of high networth individuals are growing in India, (those with cash or assets of over $30 million) currently around 1,000, Rolls Royce plans to sell 75 cars in 2010. Rolls Royce regional director for Asia Pacific Colin Kelly told mediapersons, ”We expect to sell 75 cars in 2010 in India, of which Ghost will comprise 50-60 units”.

Last year, the company had sold 15 cars from the Phantom family. Phantom is Rolls Royce’s luxury saloon priced over Rs 3.5 crore. The cost of customization will be extra.

Rolls Royce’s interest in India comes after the company cut down production by 35% in 2009 due to the global meltdown. It sold 1,212 cars last year and may close the year at under 1,000 cars. Led by India and China, the Asia Pacific market is the fastest growing market for Rolls Royce, its sales grew 4% in the region this year to account for 22% of its global sales.

“We are looking at India’s long term potential,” Mr Kelly said.

Source - economictimes
 

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Neil.Bhujbal said:
”We expect to sell 75 cars in 2010 in India, of which Ghost will comprise 50-60 units”.
75 Units is a lot for a car like Ghost and that too in a country like India, But as its mentioned in first article, 25 Ghosts are already booked, Seems like Rolls would be successful to acheive this mark.

By the way, Would any one like to check official Website of Rolls Royce?
Check it out - www.rollsroycemotorcars.com

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Rolls Royce Launches Ghost in Bombay

Rolls Royce has launched the Ghost today in Bombay as well.

First mooted at the Paris show in 2006, the Ghost is defined by its maker as a smaller and more affordable Rolls-Royce. However, at 5.5m long and priced at a whopping Rs 2,50,00,000 approximately with customising costing extra, it will only ever look either small or affordable to a very select few.

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Underneath the new car lies an overhauled version of the current BMW 7-series platform, so the Ghost eschews the aluminium spaceframe construction of the Phantom for a steel monocoque skeleton. As a consequence of a steel frame taking up less space within the outer skin of the car than extruded aluminium, the Ghost’s creators say that in many ways it provides just as much cabin space as the bigger car.

Powering the Ghost is a direct injection 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 that produces 563bhp at 5250rpm and 575lb ft from 1500rpm. Both of those outputs trump those of the Phantom model, but as Rolls design boss Ian Cameron said, the company “was not prepared to compromise this car for pure marketing reasons”.

The engine drives the Ghost’s rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, sending it from 0-60mph in just 4.7sec. The Ghost’s resemblance to its bigger and more expensive brother is marked; Cameron’s overriding brief for the car was that it should be “from all angles and aspects a true, classic and recognisable Rolls-Royce”.

“Buyers should find the Ghost a less intimidating car than the Phantom,” Cameron said. “It’s not just smaller, but less formal.”

The Ghost is a new model series for maker Rolls-Royce, so we can expect open and two-door versions of the car to be launched in years to come.
Source: ACI
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