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Recession? Not In The United Arab Emirates 29
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, luxury cars, Rolls-Royce, United Arab Emirates on 03 29th, 2011

Image: © Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, Ltd.

While the majority of us are combing couch cushions for spare change and living on a diet of ramen and peanut butter, things are different in the United Arab Emirates. Sure, they’re feeling the pinch of global belt tightening, but it’s a slightly different reality in the oil rich nation. Hard times mean that you buy a used Pagani Zonda instead of that new Bugatti Veyron SuperSport you had your heart set on. Need proof? The region accounts for 15% of Rolls Royce sales worldwide, so it stands to reason that the uber-luxury manufacturer would open a flagship store in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The showroom alone is nearly 10,000 square feet, which is room enough to display five Rolls-Royce models, house a coffee bar and a customer configuration lounge. It’s also linked to an equally impressive state-of-the-art service facility, supporting customers throughout the Middle East.

To celebrate the opening of the largest Rolls-Royce showroom in the world, the company unveiled the Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection Phantom Drophead Coupe. Only 100 will be built, so I doubt that I’ll be seeing one in the Florida press fleet any time soon. The special edition cars come with white on black RR badging, an illuminated Spirit of Ecstasy figurine and interior appointments inspired by the world’s most famous hood ornament. Pricing isn’t listed, but those who are serious about adding a Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary Collection Phantom Drophead Coupe to their collection have people to handle details like that for them.

Source: NY Times Wheels

Mercedes-Benz and BMW catching up with luxury top brand Lexus 2
Posted by Vervoering in BMW, Car News, LEXUS, luxury cars, Mercedes Benz on 02 2nd, 2011

p20 Lexus BMW MercedesLong time luxury car segment leader Lexus is outclassed by rivals Mercedes and BMW in terms of sales. Toyota’s luxury brand Lexus have been the annual top leader among the luxury car marques for eleven years.

The sales of Mercedes-Benz jumped by 11% or by 16,398 units compared to their last year’s numbers. BMW sprung by 21% or by as much as 15,905 vehicles. Lexus on the other hand fell by 17% or by 12,860 vehicles.

Lexus was able to protect its position last year and held off the two other rivals BMW and Mercedes to keep the top position in terms of sales in the Unite States. Lexus held the position for 11 years. The German brands have outpaced and outpositioned the Japanese Toyota unit with the X3 of BMW hitting the showrooms and the C-Class of Mercedes Benz getting a face lift.

The lead of Lexus is getting smaller with its 2009 19,473 units lead shrinkign to 9,216 last year. The sales of Lexus jumped 6.2% in 2010 or by around 229, 329 units while BMW’s numbers sprung by 12% or by as much as 220, 113 vehicles for 2010. Mercedes-Benz was able to achiev a 14% jump or 216,448 cars for 2010.

Lexus had a good push towards the end of 2010 to keep it afloat. The good race between the three luxury brands will impact the stats for the segment early this year. Lexus surely suffered from the recalls made by Toyota resulting to more incetive spendings for the company.