With well over a century now under its belt, Rolls-Royce has now developed some of the best quality cars with a status that is both iconic and premium. The brand in its lifetime is only one of the very few whose old car variants are still being sought years after their initial launch. But just how did this company get to its established place now, you may ask?
The Rolls-Royce Limited was founded back in 1904 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce. At that time, Royce developed such an impressive car that Rolls ultimately decided to sell market it under the now-legendary Rolls-Royce moniker.
The first car that was engineered by both men was named the Rolls-Royce 10 HP. During this timeline, the two men also built jet engines, apart from cars. Their first foray in jet engines was made official with the launch of the Rolls-Royce Eagle, which debuted in 1915. It was the very first engine to make a non-stop trans-Atlantic crossing by means of an aeroplane. Interestingly, it was determined that it wasn't a jet engine. Jet engines came about soon after the World War. Whichever powered Rolls-Royce Eagle is still shrouded in mystery.
In those earliest times, only one man named Mark Courtis painted the coach line for the Rolls-Royce vehicles right before they headed out of the factory. There were no robots or machines back then. Courtis was noted to have needed more focus in order to perform his job. Note that there wasn't an eraser at that time.
Right until 1946 came, Rolls-Royce didn't build or sell its whole car. Akin to most manufacturers in that time, these cars were specialized with engine and chassis construction. The first made car that was made by the company was the Silver Dawn, which was produced between 1949 and 1955. Now, you may think that this given time to produce cars was on the slow side, but during these years, the firm was to make 760 units which were considered to be a breakthrough in that industry.
Flashforward to today, there is about 65% of all Rolls-Royce cars are still on the road. Just nothing beats this brand when it comes to love and loyalty from both its old and current consumers!
Rolls-Royce's Philippine History
Rolls-Royce made its official debut in the Philippines in 2014. In that year, the Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific appointed British Bespoke Automobiles, a subsidiary of the Autohub Group, as the official dealer of Rolls-Royce in the country.
BBA in 2014 also commenced the construction of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila dealership at Bonifacio Global City (BGC). There also was an interim showroom placed to cater to prospective clients.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila initially offered the Phantom (saloon, since 2003), the Phantom Drophead Coupe (convertible, since 2007), the Phantom Coupe (hardtop coupe, since 2008), and the Ghost (saloon, since 2010). The Wraith subsequently followed suit.
Rolls-Royce expansion in Manila indicates that the brand is now represented in 21 cities in Asia Pacific, outside China. The company, since then, has had a strong growth relative to its sales in the region, at a significant 18% share.
Rolls-Royce Today In The Philippines
In the official local site of Rolls-Royce, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila, the company also offers ownership and pre-owned motor cars, apart from its exceptional motor cars.
Under ownership, Rolls-Royce provides the Enhanced Ownership programme which uses innovative technology to ensure that consumers always receive its best service. The programme is also noted for its two features – the Rolls-Royce Teleservices and the Rolls-Royce Assist. The former aims to deliver seamless maintenance experience while the latter offers a quick and effective response in times when users are dealing with a vehicle emergency.
The company's hallmark on ownership also highlights its commitment to using only the "Genuine Parts," which are all manufactured based on their exacting standards and developed to enhance the car's quality, safety, and performance.
Under Rolls-Royce's pre-owned section, the company urges its consumers to look into its "Provenance" programme, which is touted to be a collection of its finest, previously-owned Rolls-Royce motor cars. The firm claims that all the vehicles are meticulously cared for and that they meet their "uncompromising" standards.
Ultimately, Rolls-Royce lures consumers right into its world of luxury, under its premier section which offers their exceptional cars. Some of these cars are as follows:
This signature vehicle is now reimagined to cater to consumers of the new age. Already in its eight generation, this Phantom is the first to use the Rolly-Royce New Model Architecture which highlights its aluminium spaceframe which is made both lighter and stronger. Meanwhile, a balanced drive is also promised, courtesy of its rear-axle steering, active stabilization, and on-air suspension.
Rolls-Royce's Ghost has never been made for the ordinary. Its innovative technologies plus its unrivalled engineering easily make its presence. Perhaps the only feature that trumps its performance is the subtle simplicity that it exudes.
One of the finest features of the Ghost is the Spirit of Ecstasy Rotary Controller which allows users to access directions, the internet, music, and even scribe letters onto the touchpad with just a mere swipe of a finger.
Its simplicity, on the other hand, is made possible not only by its timeless grace and purity, but also its classic 2:1 proportions from its wheels right to its body height.
The Wraith is your best bet if you're on the hunt for the utmost Rolls-Royce engine. Engineered to solely perform and to impress, the Wraith is powered by a potent 6.6-litre, turbo-charged V12 engine which delivers a staggering 624 bhp, powering the car from 0-60 mph in just 4.4 seconds. This energy is then delivered through its eight-speed automatic transmission.
Alongside the Phantom, the Ghost, and the Wraith, the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Manila also features the Cullinan and the Dawn, and their respective variants down the line.