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Luc Donckerwolke. If you’re thinking hard as to where you heard this name before, you might recall our recent article on the Bentley EXP 9F SUV.
We had stated that the Bentley SUV was being redesigned from the ground up and the man responsible for getting rid of the hideous concept and starting afresh was a chap named Luc Donckerwolke.
The land which has the maximum number of residents living below the poverty line is the new hotbed for super luxury automotive marquees. Rolls Royce and Bentley are in the process of expanding their foothold in India as they believe that super-luxury vehicle sales are expected to quadruple by the end of the decade.
Why are they expecting such a huge demand you ask? CLSA Asia-Pacific estimates the number of millionaires will surge to 403,000 by 2015 from 173,000 in 2010.
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Ford unleashed a barrage of images and details of the Torneo Custom Concept that heralds the company into a new generation of passenger carriers and commercial vehicles. The Torneo Concept debuts a host of new technologies and driver assistance modules. The first models based on the Torneo concept will roll out in 2012. The new vans and light truck series is designed for European and Asian market customers.
Bentley has revealed the EXP 9 F luxury SUV concept at the Geneva show to ask customers and potential customers their feedback for a potential third Bentley model. Bentley’s research revealed that many of its buyers drive SUVs of rival brands. The EXP 9 F will be shaped carefully using the comments and inputs of its clients. It could be the most luxurious SUV in the world with benchmark-setting key performance parameters such as top speed and acceleration, credit to the 600bhp 6-liter W12 petrol engine.
Ford has finished premiering the B-Max mini MPV which essentially is a larger Fiesta hatchback with sliding doors and no B-Pillar. It is powered by the same 1-liter Ecoboost petrol engine, but due to the increase in length and height, interior room has vastly improved. The B-Max uses the same 1.5-liter diesel engine as the Indian Fiesta, thereby debuting the engine in Europe.
On the eve of the 82nd Geneva Motor Show, Rolls Royce has given the big old Phantom a much needed facelift, nine years after it first debuted. Although it is not a comprehensive facelift, it does include minor cosmetic enhancements, some more tech goodies and changes to the drivetrain. This the first makeover for the Roller that was unveiled back in 2003.
Bentley today launched the Continental GT at 1.9 crore rupees ex-showroom, Delhi.
The Bentley Continental GT is powered by a 5,998cc twin-turbocharged W12 engine producing 552 bhp at 6,100 rpm, and torque of 650 newton metres at 1,600-6,100 rpm. Torsen-based permanent four-wheel drive is a standard feature.
The Continental GT accelerates from 0 to 100kph in under 5 seconds, and reaches a top speed of 318 kilometres per hour.
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