Rolls-Royce aims for the tonne


Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, the British manufacturer of luxury automobiles, aims to sell more than 100 cars this year in India as compared to 80 cars sold last year, a top company official today said.

"After logging 600% growth over 2009, our sales should cross the three-digit mark in 2011," Rolls-Royce CEO Torsten Muller-Otvos told reporters here.

Rolls-Royce sells the Phantom and Ghost brands in India, priced upward of Rs 2.5 crore and Rs 3.5 crore, respectively.

India is the second-fastest growing market for the company after China. The China will form the car maker's biggest market as early as 2014, with its Ghost sedan driving demand, Mueller-Oetvoes said.

Rolls-Royce now also plans to increase the footprint to India beyond the dealerships in Delhi and Mumbai.

"We are looking at opening two more locations in Punjab and Hyderabad," Muller-Otvos said.

Rolls-Royce also plans to unveil an electric version of its Phantom model, '102EX', at the Geneva Motor Show on March 1 this year.

"We have engineered the world's first battery electric vehicle for the ultra-luxury segment. With this vehicle, we begin an exploration into alternative drive-trains, seeking clarity on which alternative technologies may be suitable to drive Rolls-Royce motor cars of the future," he said.